Pork Recipes

Drunken devils on horseback

Riders of the Apocalypse is an alternative recipe title, W**kers on Horseback…perhaps not so seasonal!

Drunken devils on horseback

Drunken devils on horseback

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  • 12 rashers of smoked streaky bacon

  • 500ml bottle of cheap, dark rum (not spiced)

  • 3 fresh bay leaves

  • 24 large, plump prunes (stoneless)

  • black pepper

  • a dribble of olive oil


  • Sit the prunes and bay leaves in a tight-fitting jar that owns a lid and pour the rum over them. Put the lid on and leave for at least four weeks, upending the jar from time to time. NOTE: This is why a tight lid is essential.
  • Take each rasher of bacon and laying them on a board, gently straighten it out by running the knife blade over the bacon and away from you.
  • Once stretched out, cut each rasher in half.
  • When needed, take out each prune and wrap it around with the bacon, leaving the end of the rasher on the underside of the prune.
  • Lay each onto the bottom of a roasting tray.
  • Go over them all with a good grind of black pepper and a dribble of the oil.
  • Roast at 200°C in the oven until the bacon begins to colour but is not entirely crispy.
  • Serve alongside all the other accompanying goodies or eat as a nibble with a good winter punch or hot cider.
  • NOTE: If the rashers are very long, then you may only need one slice per two prunes but your call. I like the prunes to be more wrapped up tight than be loosely held in a single ‘band’ that can fall off