Classic British Faggots

Classic British Faggots

The Spruce

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Faggots are an old-fashioned British food and one that has sadly fallen out of favor in recent years. How lovely that there is a revival of interest in this humble meat dish, possibly because they are so easy and cheap to make.

Traditionally, faggots are made from offal, usually pork, and from the bits of the animal that are generally discarded but now tend to just be the liver and possibly, the heart. 

Serve these delicious morsels with a bowl of light, fluffy, mashed potatoes,​ and gravy.


  • 4 oz./110 g. fatty pork shoulder (roughly chopped)
  • 4 oz./110 g. pig's liver (roughly chopped)
  • 8 oz./250 g. fatty belly pork (roughly chopped)
  • 4 oz./110 g. bacon scraps
  • 4 oz./110 g. breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp. mace
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 2 tbsp. parsley (chopped)
  • 2 sage leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 small red chili (de-seeded and finely chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Caul fat (or streaky bacon)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 445 F / 170 C / Gas 3.

  3. Mince all the roughly chopped meats in a hand mincer.

    Ground meat for British faggots.
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  4. Place the minced meat into a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, the onion, the herbs, spices, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.

    Minced meat mixture.
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  5. Wet your hands under running cold water, then divide and roll the minced meat mixture into 8 evenly-sized balls.

    Minced meat balls.
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  6. Wrap each ball in caul or streaky bacon, making sure the caul or bacon overlaps and is secure.

    Meat balls wrapped in streaky bacon.
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  7. Place the faggots onto a baking sheet.

    Baking British faggots.
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  8. Bake in the hot oven for 50 to 60 minutes.

    Baked British faggots.
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  9. Once cooked, remove from the oven and serve immediately. If you are not ready to eat the faggots then wrap in foil and keep warm.

    Classic British Faggots
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  10. Enjoy!


  • If you don't have a hand mincer for Step 3, then chop using a food processor, but do take care not to over mix or you will create a mush.
  • Traditionally, faggots are served hot from the oven with creamy mashed potatoes and peas, preferably mushy peas and lashings of rich, thick onion gravy.
  • Caul is the membrane that holds in animal organs and it makes a good container for the faggots. If you can't get caul, then use strips of streaky bacon but if you ask your butcher, they may be able to find some for you.