Crispy Crackling Pork by #youngchef

Though I wish I could claim credit for the delightful recipe you are about to read, I cannot.  I was recently contacted by a very talented budding chef taking his early steps (or at this rate, strides) into the world of cooking, for whom I am privileged to share this meal for Crispy Crackling Pork….

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