1poundpork fat, fatback, pork scraps or other unsmoked, uncured pork pieces
6- to 8-quart Dutch oven
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutesminutes
TOTAL TIME: 3 hourshours15 minutesminutes
Yield: 11/2 cups
Heat oven to 300ºF.
Cut the fatback into 1/4-inch cubes, place in a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven, and pour the water over. Put in the oven, uncovered, and stir every 30 to 40 minutes, pressing the pieces against the pan to help them melt. Cook until the fat has melted, the water has evaporated, and the pieces begin to brown slightly, 3 to 4 hours.
Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a heatproof container and allow the fat to cool completely before covering and storing in the refrigerator.