BBQ Smoked Pork Belly: The Ultimate Flavor Sensation

Smoked pork belly is the latest sensation in the world of low and slow barbecue. Imagine indulging in the tantalizing flavors of slow-cooked, juicy pork, infused with a luscious smoky essence. This delectable dish combines everything you love about good BBQ and takes it to a whole new level.

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The Magic of Smoked Pork Belly

Traditionally, pork belly was primarily known for its appearances in cured bacon or as a part of a whole hog. However, finding uncured pork belly has become increasingly easy, with many butchers and even stores like Costco offering it. This accessibility makes it an excellent choice for creating a mouthwatering smoked pork belly.

In the world of pork belly, the harmonious ratio of meat to fat is ideal for both quick cooking methods, like crisping up bacon, as well as slow cooking techniques that render the fat and tenderize the meat. For this particular BBQ smoked pork belly recipe, the focus lies on keeping it simple and showcasing the natural flavors of the meat.

If you want to achieve the best results when smoking pork belly, it’s recommended to remove the skin or rind. This allows the smoke and flavor from the rub to penetrate the meat more effectively. Whether you purchase pork belly without the skin or choose to remove it yourself, the choice is yours.

BBQ Smoked Pork Belly on the grill grates of a smoker

The Art of Smoking Pork Belly

Smoking pork belly is an art form that requires only a few ingredients and a straightforward process. It’s a breeze to create a masterpiece that will leave your taste buds in awe. Feel free to refer to the recipe card for a helpful video tutorial.

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To begin, generously season the pork belly with a sweet rub and place it in the smoker (such as the SmokePro pellet grill) at 225 degrees F. For an added depth of flavor, use apple wood, or any other wood that suits your pork preferences. Spritz the pork belly with apple juice every hour to enhance the color of the bark and keep the meat moist.

Once the internal temperature of the belly reaches 165 degrees F, wrap it tightly in foil, adding a little extra apple juice, and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees F. Remove the pork belly from its foil cocoon, glaze it lightly with your favorite BBQ sauce, and return it to the smoker for a few more minutes to let the flavors meld together. Voila! The perfect smoked pork belly is now ready to be savored.

Basting brush brushing BBQ sauce on smoked pork belly

The Smoking Duration

The entire process, from start to finish, takes approximately 8 hours for a 4-pound belly. However, the cooking time may vary based on the thickness of the meat and temperature fluctuations in your grill. Remember to focus on cooking to the internal temperature rather than relying solely on time. Using a reliable thermometer like the ThermoWorks ensures accuracy and guarantees a perfectly cooked pork belly.

Exploring the Delicious Possibilities

Once your smoked pork belly is beautifully cooked and rested, the possibilities become endless. Here are a few ideas to inspire your culinary journey:

  1. Shred: Transform your smoked pork belly into the juiciest pulled pork you’ve ever experienced.
  2. Cube: Enjoy bite-sized pieces of tender and moist ribs without the bone.
  3. Slice: Chill the pork belly completely, slice it into large pieces the following day, and grill them over high heat for a minute or two. This creates the perfect foundation for mouthwatering sandwiches.
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You’ve entered the realm of meat heaven, where the potential for smoked pork belly creations is boundless. Don’t hesitate to experiment and discover your personal favorite ways to enjoy this culinary masterpiece.

Pile of cubed pork belly on a wooden cutting board

Discover More Pork Delights

If this recipe has ignited your passion for pork, you’re in for a treat. Explore the wide variety of pork recipes available on the Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ website. Be sure to try the mouthwatering pork belly baked beans and discover a world of flavors you won’t want to miss. For even more inspiration, browse through all the pork recipes available.

This post was originally published in October 2016. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.

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