Pork cheek ragu

The best comfort food that winter has to offer.
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Recipe from: 4 August 2016
Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 4 hours 30 min


  • 1
    pork cheeks (trimmed of excess fat) cut into chunks
  • 1
    onion, chopped
  • 2
    garlic, mashed
  • 6
    rashers streaky bacon (roughly chopped)
  • oil for frying
  • 1
    red wine
  • 1
    chipotle paste
  • 1
    dried ancho chilli, coarsely torn or chopped
  • 410
    tin whole tomatoes
  • 1
    fresh origanum leaves (or tsp dried)
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • salt to season
  • pepper to season
  • sugar to season
  • 1
    boiling water


Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Heat a splash of oil in a heavy based oven proof dish with lid.

Fry the pork cheeks in batches over a medium high heat until brown and the edges starting to caramelise.

Set aside once fried.

Add more oil if needed and fry the onion and garlic until soft and transluscent and set aside.

Fry the bacon in the same pan until just starting to crisp and set aside.

Deglaze the pot with a qtr cup of the red wine and loosen all the bits on the bottom of the pot.

Add the chipotle paste and ancho chilli and simmer for a minute or so.

Add all the fried ingredients as well as the tomatoes, origanum, bay leaves, seasoning and boiling water.

Place the lid on top and place in the oven for 3 hours until the meat is soft and cooked.

Remove from the oven, use a wooden spoon to break up the meat and tomatoes and simmer uncovered on top of the stove for another 30 minutes or so to reduce and thicken the sauce.

Check the seasoning and serve with polenta or another starch of your choice.

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