Do You Cut the String off a Pork Roast Before Cooking?

Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Lauren Beck

In my culinary journey, I’ve encountered the age-old question: should you cut the string off a pork roast before cooking? 

Join me as we unravel this mystery and discover the best approach. Prepare to elevate your pork roast game and ensure a deliciously cooked centerpiece for your next feast.

Do You Cut the String off a Pork Roast Before Cooking?

Yes, cutting the string off a pork roast before cooking is recommended. The string netting, also known as butcher’s netting or cooking twine, is used to hold the shape of the roast during cooking. 

Removing the netting allows for even cooking, better seasoning penetration, and improved meat browning. Carefully cut and remove the string netting before seasoning and cooking your pork roast for the best results.

How to Remove the Netting From a Pork Roast

Removing the netting from a pork roast is a simple process that ensures even cooking and allows for better seasoning penetration. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Locate the ends of the netting on the pork roast. They are usually tied in a knot or secured with a plastic clip.
  2. Carefully cut the string near one end of the roast, ensuring not to cut into the meat.
  3. Gently pull and unwind the netting from the roast, working your way toward the other end.
  4. Once the netting is fully removed, you can season and cook the pork roast as desired.

What Is Pork Shoulder Netting?

Pork shoulder netting, also known as butcher’s netting or cooking twine, is a mesh net or string that holds the shape of the pork roast during cooking. 

It is commonly used to keep the roast compact and uniform, allowing for even cooking and easy handling.

Is It Safe To Sear The Pork With The Netting Still On?

Slicing Pork Roast

Searing or cooking the pork roast with the netting still on is not recommended. The netting is made of heat-resistant materials but is not intended to be cooked or consumed. 

Searing the pork roast without the netting ensures better browning and caramelization, enhancing the flavors and texture of the meat.

Do You Leave String on Roast in Slow Cooker?

No, removing the string netting from the pork roast before placing it in a slow cooker is best. 

The netting is not designed to withstand prolonged cooking at low temperatures and may become difficult to remove once cooked. 

Removing the netting allows for even heat distribution and better seasoning absorption in the slow cooker.

Why Is Pork Wrapped in String?

The pork roast is often wrapped in string to help maintain its shape during cooking [1]. This is especially important for larger cuts, such as pork shoulder or pork loin, which can have irregular shapes. 

The string netting holds the roast together, ensuring even cooking and preventing it from falling apart during the cooking process.


My culinary adventures taught me that cutting the string off a pork roast before cooking is the way to go. Removing the string netting allows the roast to cook evenly, absorb flavors, and develop a mouthwatering crust. 

This simple step ensures optimal results, whether searing, slow cooking or roasting pork. So don’t hesitate to free your roast from its stringy confines and let it shine in all its juicy glory. 

Embrace the art of pork roasting and savor the delicious rewards that await. Happy cooking!


Lauren Beck

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