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How to Make Pork Cheeks

By January 27, 2023February 18th, 2023Carnivore, Cooking Tips and Videos, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Pork

How to Make Pork Cheeks

If you are wondering how to make pork cheeks, I have the BEST recipe for you!

Pork cheeks are tender and oh so delicious!

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Slow cooking pork cheeks ensures the cheeks aren’t tough and gives the fat time to render out, making them melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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How to Make Pork Cheeks

Maria Emmerich
Servings 4


  • 12 pork cheeks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Redmond Real Salt
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cupsbone broth beef, pork or chicken broth (I used Kettle and Fire Brand)
  • 1 handful of fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F (160°C).
  • Trim the cheeks of any sinew and season on all sides with salt.
  • Heat a tablespoon of lard, tallow or duck fat in a large Dutch Oven over medium high heat. Once hot sear the pork cheeks on one side for 2 minutes, flip and cook another minute or until slight golden brown.
  • Remove the browned cheeks while leaving the drippings. Add the onion and garlic in the Dutch oven and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Return the cheeks to the Dutch oven. Add a handful of fresh thyme, bay leaves and pepper.
  • Pour in bone broth to cover the cheeks, put the lid on and slow cook in the oven for 2–3 hours, or until the cheeks are very tender and almost falling apart.
  • Remove the bay leaves. Serve with sauce from the Dutch oven. Store extras in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat, place the cheeks and sauce into a casserole dish and bake in the oven at 300 degrees F for 7 minutes or until heated through.


Nutritional Information:
649 calories, 64g fat, 10g protein, 4g carbs, 1g fiber


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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Kaya says:

    I haven’t had them either. But it sounds pretty darn good! I’ll try JUST about anything once lol.
    I’ll have to find a video on how to harvest them from wild pig (and show it to the boys because I don’t help to process the animals lol). We got a pig last week but sold it to a woman that makes tamales, but there are PLENTY more out there! 🤞
    Thanks Maria!

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