Smoky Fennel Pork Scratchings

Pork scratchings are pretty much little bites of pork crackling. The perfect snack to enjoy with ice-cold craft beers made by unicorns in a cave filled with dragon glass or something like that...
I use this recipe often as my go-to cheat's crackling when doing a pork roast of sorts. Because who doesn't love extra crackling?
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 4


  • +- 200 g pork rind ask your local butcher and make sure they were happy pigs, rinsed and dried well
  • Applewood Smoked Salt
  • 1 Tbs (15 ml) fennel seeds
  • Maple syrup for drizzling or honey


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  • Cut the pork rind into +- 2cm strips and light score.
  • Season generously with smoked salt and fennel seeds.
  • Place onto a baking tray with a lip (make sure there is some space between each piece of rind to allow even roasting).
  • Roast for 15 minutes, give them a good shake, turn the temperature down to 200°C and roast for a further 20 minutes or until crispy and golden (depending on thickness).
  • Remove from the roasting tray and place the scratchings on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve immediately drizzled with maple syrup.


This recipe was developed for a while back, I couldn't resist sharing it on my blog too.
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