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Pork Rillettes

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 5 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Braising
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Pork rillettes are a savory meat spread originating in the Loire region of France as a method of preserving meat. This simple French recipe is slowly braised in the oven with white wine, garlic and spices. They’re a great alternative to pâté and they’re a delicious addition to any relish tray or charcuterie board.



  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 1 heaping teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Cut pork into chunks, about 1.5 – 2 inches in size. Add the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add pork to the bowl and stir to coat. Cover the bowl and allow it to marinate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 300˚F. Transfer the pork and it’s marinade to a covered baking dish and bake for 3 hours.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool. Remove the bay leaves, cloves and peppercorns. Continue to cool until the fat starts to solidify.
  4. Transfer the cooked pork to the bowl of an electric mixer *affiliate link and mix at a medium speed until the fat emulsifies and there are no large pieces of meat.
  5. Transfer to ramekins for serving or air tight containers for storing.

Keywords: dairy free, egg free, pork, appetizer, dip, spread, gluten free