Easy Baked Pork Belly: A Flavorful Indulgence

An indulgent dish that takes hold of your senses and doesn’t apologize – Easy Baked Pork Belly is slightly spicy with hints of saltiness and sweetness; it’s super moist and super delicious!

Do you ever have a dish that leaves such a lasting impression on you that you can still vividly remember the first time you tried it? That’s how Easy Baked Pork Belly is for me. I recall the exact moment when I first tasted this irresistible dish. It was a warm afternoon, and my partner John.e and I were invited to a birthday party at a horse-racing venue. Little did I know that this event would introduce me to one of my all-time favorite dishes.

The party took place at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto, and amidst the excitement of placing bets and enjoying the buffet dinner, I came across a peculiar item on the menu – barbecued pork belly. Intrigued by its name, I couldn’t resist trying it. And boy, am I glad I did! I devoured pounds of that succulent pork belly, reveling in its smoky, tender goodness. Ever since that day, I’ve been captivated by the flavors and textures of this dish.

Recreating the exact recipe was not something I was eager to attempt. Some dishes are best left untouched. But I wanted to capture the essence of that memorable experience and recreate it in my own kitchen. I decided to put a twist on it, infusing the pork belly with a spicy flair to complement steamed rice. Inspired by the flavors of Korean cuisine, I crafted a recipe that would mimic those bold, mouthwatering tastes. And thus, Easy Baked Pork Belly was born.

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

To recreate the magic of Easy Baked Pork Belly, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Pork Belly: Choose a solid piece of pork belly, approximately 3 pounds in total. Remember to remove the skin before cooking.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic pairs exceptionally well with pork, especially in Asian-inspired recipes.
  • Dried Red Chili Flakes: Optional, but essential if you enjoy a bit of heat in your dish.
  • Soy Sauce: Opt for low-sodium soy sauce to ensure the perfect balance of flavors.
  • Rice Vinegar: A crucial ingredient in Asian marinades, but you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar if needed.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds a touch of sweetness and aids in caramelization.
  • Sesame Oil: Used to create the marinade, be cautious with the quantity as it has a potent nutty flavor.
  • Ground Black Pepper & Salt
  • Sesame Seeds: A delightful garnish that adds a hint of crunch.
  • Green Onions: Both for flavor and garnish.

Please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for detailed measurements and preparation instructions.

Choosing the Right Pork Belly

Pork belly can be found in two different formats: a solid, thick-cut piece resembling bacon or a familiar sliced version. For Easy Baked Pork Belly, it’s best to select a solid piece of pork belly, approximately 3 pounds in total. While the skin can be left on for other recipes, it tends to be chewy and less enjoyable in this dish. However, if you’re preparing a dry, roasted pork belly, leaving the skin on can result in wonderfully crispy goodness.

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Understanding Pork Belly

So, what exactly is pork belly? It’s the succulent cut of meat located on the underside of the pig, similar to bacon. However, unlike bacon, pork belly is uncured, un-smoked, and un-sliced. Many chefs consider pork belly to be even more superior to bacon due to its juicy fat layers intertwining with tender meat. When cooked, the fat melts in your mouth, resulting in an unparalleled culinary experience.

And that’s precisely what you can expect from Easy Baked Pork Belly. It’s a dish that will transport you to a realm of undeniable deliciousness. The meat becomes tender, resembling a pork loin in texture, while the melt-in-your-mouth fat adds a level of richness that is simply irresistible.

How to Make Easy Baked Pork Belly

Once you’ve removed the excess fat from the pork belly and cubed it into two-inch pieces, it’s time to prepare the marinade. Begin by combining all the marinade ingredients (except the sesame seeds, pork belly, and green onions) in a large bowl. Whisk them together until well-combined. Add the pork belly pieces to the marinade and toss them to ensure they are fully coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour to allow the flavors to meld.

After marinating, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the pork belly pieces on the baking sheet, being careful not to overlap them. Bake for 30 minutes, then carefully flip each piece over and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, and return to the oven for an extra 10 minutes. Your Easy Baked Pork Belly is now ready to be served!

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Serving Suggestions

This pork belly dish is a perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. The richness of the dish might entice you to pair it with something fresh and palate-cleansing. Consider serving it with a traditional coleslaw, such as my homestyle coleslaw, which offers a creamy and familiar companion. Alternatively, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, why not try my Jalapeno Buttermilk Ranch Coleslaw? Its bold flavors can stand up to the robustness of Easy Baked Pork Belly. The raw, crisp vegetables in a coleslaw provide a refreshing contrast to the lusciousness of the dish.

If coleslaw doesn’t tickle your taste buds, a green salad with acidic elements like tomatoes and a lemon vinaigrette would make an excellent accompaniment. For those seeking a heartier option, plain white rice is a classic choice. The key is to serve Easy Baked Pork Belly with something that provides a fresh and balanced contrast to the rich flavors of the dish. Trust me, it’s a winning combination every time!

Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ is proud to bring you this Easy Baked Pork Belly recipe, inspired by the unforgettable flavors that linger on your palate. Try it for yourself and experience the magic of tender pork belly with a burst of tantalizing tastes. For more mouthwatering recipes and grilling inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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