Pork belly: two decadent weekend recipes

These roast pork belly recipes makes for a wonderful alternative to a classic roast – and it's so easy to make

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There's no lazy weekend meal quite like roast pork belly. Rich, nourishing, and immense in flavour, it's an indulgence unlike any other. Pork is a meat that actually benefits from slow cooking, so learning how to cook pork belly is all about patience – think devoting a whole morning or afternoon to cooking this wonderful cut of meat. It's going to be worth it! 

Quality really matters with pork belly, so we do recommend getting free range and/or organic pork for this recipe. 

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How to cook pork belly

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Ingredients:

For this delectable roast that serves four people, you'll need:

  • Pork belly cut, 1 kg
  • 1 brown onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 large celery stick, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • Pork seasoning of your choice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Olive oil, around four tablespoons
  • White wine, half a bottle

Method:

1. Line the bottom of a non-stick, deep oven dish with the vegetables, drizzle with a bit of oil, sprinkle with salt. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 6.

2. Score the pork belly skin with a kitchen knife, making several small, shallow incisions.

3. Rub the pork with the seasoning, salt and oil, making sure it's all evenly covered. 

4. Place the pork on top of the vegetables. Put on the middle oven shelf for about 15 minutes – you should see the skin start to go golden and crisp. 

6. Reduce the temperature to 170°C/gas mark 3. Cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the weight – check the label). 

7. Pour in the wine and cook for about another hour, depending on your oven. The wine should reduce, and the pork should fall apart easily when prodded with a fork. 

Serve with the roast vegetables, salad, and apple sauce/gravy. Enjoy.

Pork belly with BBQ sauce recipe

Use our recipe above to get your pork pre-cooked, then follow the instructions below to marry it with the BBQ sauce. Or, buy a pre-cooked pork belly to  cook up, ready for the sauce.

We'd recommend that you serve with a salad for a tasty alternative to BBQ food, or in a sandwich if you're after a seriously indulgent lunch idea. Either way, this recipe combines super succulent pork belly with a tangy BBQ sauce for the ultimate taste sensation.

pork belly recipe

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Ingredients:

  • Pork Belly Slices (marinated or unmarinated), 800 grams
  • Apple Cider, 200 millilitres
  • Dark Soy Sauce, 50 millilitres
  • Lemon juice, 30 millilitres
  • Demerara sugar, 35 grams
  • English mustard, 15 grams
  • Five cloves of garlic
  • Tomato puree, 55 grams
  • Ground ginger, a teaspoon
  • Black pepper

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C°/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

2. Put the pork belly slices in a large roasting tin, season with some black pepper cook for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

3. Meanwhile finely chop the garlic and put into a saucepan with the cider, mustard, ginger, lemon juice, tomato puree, brown sugar and soy sauce slowly bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.

4. Pour this over the pork and continue to cook for another 30 minutes.

  • Special thanks to Aldi for sharing this recipe with us

How long will cooked pork belly keep in the fridge?

Cooked pork belly will keep in the fridge for three days; however, even though it'll be safe to eat even if you leave it in the fridge uncovered, the meat may absorb any smells that may be present in your fridge. So, the best thing to do is to store your cooked belly in an airtight container, or at least tightly wrap it in foil. 

Pork belly can also be frozen, but the freezing works best if you slice the pork and lay the slices out on a baking sheet before wrapping. This will make for a much easier defrosting process.