Pig’s cheeks are cheap cuts of meat best cooked by braising or slow cooking. They’re not the prettiest but their texture and flavour are unrivalled and in our opinion they are one of the most under-rated and under-used cuts of a pig. Sadly, they are not widely available, but your local butcher should be able to get some for you, or you can buy online from many butchers (we use Turner and George). Waitrose also have them in stock quite often.
We like to use Sukrin, which is an all-natural granulated stevia sweetener alternative to sugar with zero calories. It doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do, which makes it perfect for cooking and baking.
Sukrin is in equal and weight to sugar, so if you're using a powdered sweetener you'll need to use less as it weighs less.
You can grab Sukrin over on Amazon
As is the case with most of the cheaper cuts of meat the cheeks are not suited to fast cooking. They need a low, slow heat to allow all the fibres, made tough from actually doing something to break down, becoming gelatinous and soft.
If you can get your hands on some then we can’t recommend them highly enough!
Normally this recipe calls for a couple of tablespoons of honey, but a perfect substitute is Sweet Freedom Dark Natural Sweetener. We’ve started using this as a replacement, as it’s half the syn value of honey (only 0.5 syns a teaspoon)
This Slimming World friendly recipe can be done in the Instant Pot or in the slow cooker. It can even be done in a casserole dish in the oven.