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When I began my #PorkBellyCrawl, I’d only tasted pork belly once, and had no idea how versatile it could be. Smoked, Grilled, Deep Fried, Oven Roasted, Braised, Crackling, Pan-Fried, and Fire Roasted; I was lucky enough to taste more pork belly dishes than I even imagined existed and I’m excited to share my favorites with you today.
Here are just a few of the delicious dishes that we enjoyed for our #PorkBellyCrawl:
My favorite dish was the Pork Belly Taco at Salty Sow; fork tender strips of smoked pork belly, fresh arugula, feta cheese, and a soft fried egg are wrapped in a buttery flour tortilla. We ordered our tacos with a side of duck fat fries and it was a happy hour not to be soon forgotten!
I could hardly wait to recreate the taco at home, using some of our favorite flavors in a sweet and spicy marinade. (I very rarely cook a meat without a marinade, it adds so much flavor for minimal effort!) I knew that bacon could be grilled, so I used that same process with extra thin strips of the pork belly. (Smoking the meat would be delicious as well, if you have a little more time and you’re willing to wait.) Start to finish the grilling was done in just about 5 minutes, and it’s hard to beat that for convenience!
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- 1 pound pork belly
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons chili paste
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Remove the skin from the pork belly and slice the meat into 1/8" - 1/4" wide strips. Stir together the soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, chili paste, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Place the meat in the bowl with the marinade and toss with your fingers or tongs to coat thoroughly. Marinate for 1 hour.
- Preheat the grill to HIGH. Grill the strips of pork belly for 2 minutes, flip and grill another 2-3 minutes. When the pork has cooked through, remove from the grill and place it on a paper towel lined tray. Enjoy!
- Serving suggestions:
- For tacos like we enjoyed at Salty Sow, place a strip of pork belly into a small flour tortilla, add a sprinkling of cheese (Asiago, Feta, Cotija all work well), some greens (Arugula, Spinach, or Crispy Brussel Sprouts), and then top with a fried egg.
- Alternatively, serve the grilled pork belly strips with roasted potato wedges and a salad. The grilled pork belly strips would also be delicious alongside scrambled eggs and toast.
Slice the pork belly as thin as possible, aiming for between 1/8" and 1/4" in thickness. The slices closer to 1/4" will likely require an additional 1-2 minutes on the grill. The slices closer to 1/8" will be done in the time listed below.
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