- (3 lbs) Pork Belly (Skinless)
Pork belly (skin off)
My favorite spices:
3/4 Cup Olive oil
Sweet Apple White Wine (from McClure's Orchard, Peru, IN)
My inspiration to start offering this wonderful cut of pork originates from Gordon Ramsey’s Slow-Roasted Pork Belly video that I watched over 5 years ago. Last Sunday I finally gave this recipe a test to see if it lived up to my high expectations of rich flavor and melt in your mouth tenderness. This ended up being a group effort as I recruited the help of my oldest son Bryton who pretty much did all the preparation from start to finish which left my main job as the camera man.
Allowed 24 hours for pork belly to thaw
Cut 1/4” scores into the skin side of the belly with a sharp knife (crossing both directions to make diamond pattern that resembles the classic grill marks)
Rubbed salt and seasonings on all sides of the pork belly. We were sure to bend the pork belly skin side out so that we could rub all the seasonings deep into the score marks
Heated olive oil in cast iron pan until the oil was hot enough to sizzle
Placed pork belly skin side down into the pan for 1-2 minutes to form a crispy sear on top.
Flipped pork belly skin side up, seared for 1 minute
Turned burner down to low and then added enough white wine to cover 3/4 of the pork belly allowing the top to still be exposed.
Turned heat up allowing white to simmer at a low boil for 2-3 minutes
Pre-heated oven to 180 degrees
Roasted pork belly in the oven using the same cast-iron pan for 2.5 hours (be sure you bring liquids in the pan back to a boil before placing in the oven. )
Use a meat thermometer to make sure pork belly reaches 170 degrees
Turn oven to broil for 5 minutes to add a final charred crisp to the top of your pork belly
Cut into 1/2 slices and serve with vegetables or favorite pasta dish.
Conclusion: It’s not always the case that a recipe lives up to your highest expectations however this cut and recipe delivered one of the best Sunday dinner experiences we’ve had in a long time! Not only was this cut fun and simple to prepare but it was also a bonus that every single family member including my 3 year old daughter Lilly ate every last bite. This will definitely be a family favorite. This cut boasts both melt in your mouth tenderness and rich robust flavors from the generous healthy fats that our pasture-raised heritage pork provides.