Crispy, Crispy Crackling And Meltingly Tender Pork

September 11th, 2006

Pork Belly 1

We had a nice piece of pork belly for dinner tonight. Here’s what I cooked up.

Slow-Roasted Pork Belly

Try to buy a piece of pork belly with bones in for this dish, as they add to the flavour.

Score the skin or, preferably, get your butcher to do it for you. Ensure the skin is dry and sprinkle it with sea salt. Roast at about 230c (or as hot as your oven will go) for 30 minutes.

After this time remove the fat from the roasting tin and add 1/2 litre of chicken stock and 1/2 litre of water along with 1 onion, 2 leeks and 2 carrots – all roughly chopped, 1 bay leaf, some thyme, rosemary and 3 peeled garlic cloves. Make sure the liquid doesn’t cover the skin – that needs to stay dry. Turn the temperature down to 150c and cook for a further 2 – 2 1/2 hours. If the cracking isn’t as crispy as you would like towards the end of the cooking time, remove the juices and vegetables from the pan and set the juices aside, then turn the heat right up to crisp up the skin.

Serve with the juices from the pan, reducing them by simmering them on the hob if you prefer them a little thicker.

Pork Belly 2

Pork Belly 3

Pork Belly 4

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    2 Responses to “Crispy, Crispy Crackling And Meltingly Tender Pork”

    1. Anonymous Says:

      Oh YUM! That made my mouth water. I could just eat some of that now!

      Saw your link on HB and I’m enjoying your blog!

    2. Anonymous Says:

      This looks soooo good. I have always been a bit resistant to pork belly, but I am not sure why. I may adventure my way to making this dish.

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