You can cook these directly on the BBQ for 20 mins, generously seasoned or marinated. You’ll get nice crispy edges, but the meat will be a little chewy. They are best slow cooked in a covered roasting tray with a dash of water at 160˚C/Gas 3 for 2½ hours, until tender. Cover with your BBQ sauce of choice and finish on a medium BBQ for 20 -30 mins, turning and basting often. Alternatively, finish uncovered in the oven, turning often, for 30 mins at 200˚C/Gas 6. The meat will be almost ready to fall from the bone.
Keep in the fridge below 5˚C. If you’re not going to eat it within a day or two, freeze your meat as soon as possible and always within the use by date. Once frozen, use within a month. Use on the day of defrosting.
Organic pig farmer
Our pork comes from Helen Browning at Eastbrook Farm in Wiltshire. Helen set up her farm over 27 years ago. She’s a champion of organic farming and giving animals the best quality of life – in fact, she’s Chief Executive of the Soil Association and spends much of her time campaigning for better animal welfare.
Helen’s organic breeding herd of 200 sows are pure British Saddlebacks - a hardy, native breed that thrive outdoors, make great mothers and produce great flavoured pork. Boars are Large Whites, a typical UK outdoor reared cross. They counter the fat levels found in pure breed Saddlebacks, but not enough to change their special flavour.
Helen’s pigs live in fields outdoors in family groups with loads of space and fresh ground to rootle around in. Even in the coldest, wettest weather, the pigs seem happiest outside foraging in the grass, clover and mud looking for roots, bugs and other treasure. They also have dry, warm ‘arc’ houses with plenty of fresh straw when they want to be cosy. Piglets are born outside in their arcs and weaned later than in conventional (non-organic) farming, so they are robust and independent by the time they leave their mothers.
If you want to see the pigs foraging for yourself, Eastbrook Farm welcome visitors to their farm for walks or guided tours. They also run an award winning pub, The Royal Oak.
We choose traditional breeds, which we believe give better flavour. We carefully hang and butcher the meat ourselves, then mature it for extra flavour and tenderness.