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What part of the pig is the ham hock?

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The ham hock is the lower segment of the pig's leg, equivalent to the ankle and calf region. Although it is not a particularly fatty portion of the pig, it contains a lot of collagen that breaks down during cooking and makes the meat tender.

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What part of the pig is the ham hock?
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This cut is usually purchased with the skin on the meat. One of the most recommended methods of preparing a ham hock is to braze the hock first, and then deep fry it to obtain a crispy skin. Alternatively, the ham hock can be grilled or broiled. It is a popular cut of meat in German cuisine.

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