German/Bavarian style pork knuckles. Pork knuckles are also known as foreshanks, or ham shanks. Water may be used in place of beer.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
2 servings


  • 1 carrot, diced

  • 1 onion, peeled and diced

  • 1 leek, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, diced

  • 2 meaty pork knuckles

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • salt to taste

  • ¼ cup beer

  • 1 pinch ground cumin, or to taste


  1. Place the carrot, onion, leek, celery, and pork knuckles into a large stockpot. Throw in the peppercorns, and season with salt to taste. Add enough water to the pot to cover the vegetables. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 hours, or until everything is tender. Remove the knuckles from the water, and drain. Reserve vegetables and cooking liquid.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F ( 220 degrees C). Melt the shortening in an enamel coated cast iron baking dish or pan. Place the drained pork knuckles, cooked vegetables, and about 2 cups of the cooking liquid into the pan.

  3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. During the last 10 minutes, sprinkle with beer in which a good amount of salt has been dissolved. Dust lightly with cumin to increase flavor. Serve with potato or white bread dumplings, or sauerkraut salad. In Bavaria, the cooking liquid and juices are strained, and served as an accompanying sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

566 Calories
43g Fat
17g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 566
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 131mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 755mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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