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Slow Roast Pork Belly

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Introduction

There are a few meals I can say I'm making that will make my children excited (or pretend to be), and this is one of them. Alongside there must be Pie Insides (which is what my daughter has always called leeks in white sauce) and for ultimate gratification, roast potatoes although I usually use goose fat for roast potatoes, I feel the pork belly allows, indeed encourages, the substitution of lard. I'm not convinced that with all that fabulous crackling you do need roasties as well, but I like to provide what makes people happy.

I have advised an overnight marinade, but if I'm making this (as I tend to) for Sunday supper, I often prepare it in the morning and leave it in the fridge loosely covered with baking parchment, or midday-ish and leave it uncovered in a cold place (but not the fridge) for a few hours.

There are a few meals I can say I'm making that will make my children excited (or pretend to be), and this is one of them. Alongside there must be Pie Insides (which is what my daughter has always called leeks in white sauce) and for ultimate gratification, roast potatoes although I usually use goose fat for roast potatoes, I feel the pork belly allows, indeed encourages, the substitution of lard. I'm not convinced that with all that fabulous crackling you do need roasties as well, but I like to provide what makes people happy.

I have advised an overnight marinade, but if I'm making this (as I tend to) for Sunday supper, I often prepare it in the morning and leave it in the fridge loosely covered with baking parchment, or midday-ish and leave it uncovered in a cold place (but not the fridge) for a few hours.

Slow Roast Pork Belly
Photo by Lis Parsons

Ingredients

Serves: 6-8

Metric Cups
  • 1¾ kilograms pork belly (rind scored)
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3¾ pounds pork belly (rind scored)
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime

Method

  1. Get out a shallow dish in which the scored pork will fit snugly and in it whisk together the tahini, soy sauce, lemon and lime juice.
  2. Sit the pork on top, skin-side up. You should find the marinade covers the underside and most of the sides, but doesn’t touch the rind: that’s what you want.
  3. Leave the pork in the fridge to marinate overnight, covered with foil, and then take out to return to room temperature before it goes into the oven.
  4. Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2/300ºF.
  5. Get out a shallow roasting tin and line with foil.
  6. Transfer the pork to the roasting tin and cook it uncovered for 3½ hours, then turn the oven up to 250°C/gas mark 9/450ºF and cook for a further ½ hour to let the skin crisp to crunchy burnished perfection.
  1. Get out a shallow dish in which the scored pork will fit snugly and in it whisk together the tahini, soy sauce, lemon and lime juice.
  2. Sit the pork on top, skin-side up. You should find the marinade covers the underside and most of the sides, but doesn’t touch the rind: that’s what you want.
  3. Leave the pork in the fridge to marinate overnight, covered with foil, and then take out to return to room temperature before it goes into the oven.
  4. Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2/300ºF.
  5. Get out a shallow roasting tin and line with foil.
  6. Transfer the pork to the roasting tin and cook it uncovered for 3½ hours, then turn the oven up to 250°C/gas mark 9/450ºF and cook for a further ½ hour to let the skin crisp to crunchy burnished perfection.

Additional Information

For gluten free: use tamari instead of soy sauce.

For gluten free: use tamari instead of soy sauce.

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What 14 Others have said

  • This recipe is amazing! So tender & tasty. However after 10 mins of crisping at 250C the crackling was burnt, so I would keep a constant eye on it. Will definitely be making this again.

    Posted by Halfpint29 on 27th July 2016
  • I had a neglected jar of tahini in my fridge and stumbled upon this recipe and thought I'd give it a try. I am so glad I did! Very simple to prepare and even easier to cook. I halved the quantities for two portions. Served some braised red cabbage and celeriac mash along side. The tahini flavour is very subtle but you can detect the slightly nutty taste but it combines beautifully with the pork. I recommend trying this recipe even if only to use up that jar of tahini!

    Posted by Lisacakesgreen on 26th January 2016
  • Oh my, I tried this recipe at the weekend, will be cooking it for the family in 2 weeks time - fabulous and so easy... And yet still not enough crackling for me ;-)

    Posted by Angelicimp on 19th January 2016
  • I made this last night and it was perfect, my marinade was quite thick so I wasn't sure how it would turn out, this recipe is a keeper!

    Posted by LoredanaBabenko on 20th April 2015
  • Very simple recipe and very tasty. The meat just falls away and melts in your mouth. Cooked it twice in the last 2 weeks and it will become a family favourite.

    Posted by kg79 on 9th October 2014
  • So simple and easy and yet one of the best things I've ever taken out of the oven.

    Posted by jamesberlin on 4th October 2014
  • Being me I can't leave anything "As written", so this is how this recipe has evolved with me: For a start I use Dark Tahini, but only 3 Tablespoons, the 4th is Hoisin Sauce (the result of running out once!) Plus I only use Tamari, better flavour. During cooking the meat sits on a bed of thinly sliced Red Onion. I dilute the Marinade with a third of its volume of water, pour that into the pan, and cook covered tightly with foil for the first 2 hours. It is then removed. After 3 & a half hours I raise the temperature to 180oC. And finish as prescribed with 30 mins @ 250oC to mature the crackling. Yum!

    Posted by Mudslinger on 24th September 2014
  • Awesome recipe though I would suggest keeping an eye on the crackling. Mine was done in 15 minutes. 30 would have burned. I took the marinade added some honey and reduced it down for a really nice sticky sauce.

    Posted by chewie on 3rd August 2014
  • I made this and served it as you would Peking Duck, with chinese pancakes which you can get in the green grocery section of supermarkets, even here and I lived out in the sticks in Ontario I found them in Foodland and ValueMart. Steam the pancakes. Add a smear of Hoisin sauce, cucumber and spring onions. Cheaper than duck but still succulent and delicious with the crackling sliced/chopped quite fine as a substitute for the crispy duck skin.

    Posted by CarolynMP on 14th March 2014
  • Have cooked this recipe a few times and we love it!!

    Posted by lynstrachan on 16th August 2013
  • Brilliantly simple - fantastically tasty!

    Posted by richteeguy on 25th June 2013
  • Fantastic dinner party recipe - put it in the oven and you are free to have fun with your guests. Crispy crackling, totally delicious. http://ruminator.co.nz/slow-roast-pork-belly/

    Posted by kimcooksforyou on 27th May 2013
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