The Golonka Experience: When Pork Meets Beer in a Love Story for the Ages









Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up for a culinary adventure unlike any other! Today, we are diving into the world of unique Polish cuisine and introducing you to the star of the show – the Golonka, also known as the Polish Ham Hock.

You may be wondering, “What is a Golonka and why should I care?” Well, my friends, a Golonka is a cut of pork from the lower leg of a pig, and it is the perfect combination of tender and juicy. But we are not just cooking any ordinary Golonka – oh no! We are taking it to the next level with a sweet and savory beer-honey glaze.

So grab your aprons, pour yourself a cold one, and let’s get cooking!


  • 1 large ham hock (golonka)
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken or beef stock
  • 1 bottle of your favorite beer
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, add the ham hock, onions, garlic, tomato paste, thyme, marjoram, salt, and pepper. Pour in the stock and add enough beer to cover the ingredients.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2 hours, or until the ham hock is tender and the meat is falling off the bone.
  4. While the ham hock is cooking, mix together the honey and remaining beer in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over low heat until the honey is melted and the mixture is well combined. Set it aside.
  5. After the ham hock has cooked for 2 hours, remove it from the pot and place it in a baking dish. Brush the beer-honey glaze all over the ham hock.
  6. Bake the ham hock in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the glaze is caramelized and the ham hock is crispy on the outside.
  7. Serve the golonka hot, garnished with fresh herbs and with crusty bread on the side.

So there you have it – the Golonka experience! A delicious, hearty, and comforting dish that will have you coming back for seconds. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the glaze – try different beers, add some spices, or even a splash of vinegar. The possibilities are endless!

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the love story between pork and beer. Cheers!