The hock is the top portion of the front or hind leg.
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- Pork hocks have a generous amount of meat. The rind and fat surrounding the meat are easy to remove, as they loosen up naturally while cooking.
- In traditional pig’s feet stew, the hock (with the rind) and trotter are essential. The bone also adds a lot of flavour to the meat.
- Hocks must be braised or simmered for a long time at a low temperature, as the meat needs moisture to become tender.
- Pork hocks are used in variations of the well-known Italian dish osso buco (originally made with veal).
- Hocks are fairly easy to find in grocery stores. If you cannot find ham hocks in the meat section, ask the butcher.