Maple Mustard Pork Belly Bites

Maple Mustard Pork Belly Bites are a delightful combination of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors. These bite-sized cubes of pork belly are seasoned, cooked crispy in an air fryer, and then tossed in a delicious maple mustard sauce. They make the perfect appetizer or party snack that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Plate of Maple Mustard Pork Belly Bites on a Dark Counter with Mustard Sauce.

Ingredients & Substitutions

To make these mouthwatering pork belly bites, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Pork Belly: Pork belly is like a large slab of bacon, but without the curing, slicing, and smoking. You can find it at most large grocery stores or buy it from a butcher. Aim for around 1 1/2 pounds of pork belly for this recipe. Any leftovers can be frozen for future use.

  • Oil: Use canola or vegetable oil, mixed with salt and pepper, to coat the pork belly bites. This coating will help the pork belly achieve a nice browning when cooked in the air fryer.

  • Maple Syrup: For the best results, use pure maple syrup in the sauce. Its distinct flavor adds a touch of sweetness to the dish.

  • Mustard: Dijon mustard is recommended for its sharp, tangy, and slightly spicy flavor. However, you can substitute yellow mustard if needed, although it will result in a milder taste.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This ingredient is key to the maple mustard sauce, adding flavor and texture. It also acts as a tenderizer, making the pork belly bites more tender.

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Raw meat and adding sauce before cooking to make Maple Mustard Pork Belly Bites.

How To Select A Good Cut Of Pork Belly

When choosing the perfect cut of pork belly, keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Ask your local butcher for assistance in selecting the best cut.
  2. Look for pink-colored meat that feels firm to the touch, avoiding any that appear mushy or slimy.
  3. The layer of fat should be a creamy white color, evenly distributed and not yellowish or grey.
  4. You can purchase pork belly as a whole slab or pre-sliced, depending on your preference.

Should I Trim The Fat Off Pork Belly?

While the fat on pork belly contributes to its flavor, some cuts may have an excessive amount. If you find the fat cap to be overwhelmingly thick, you can trim it back slightly. However, leaving some (or all) of the fat on will enhance the richness and texture of the pork belly bites.

Dipping a Maple Mustard Pork Belly Bite into the Mustard Sauce.

Storing & Reheating Maple Mustard Pork Belly Bites

To store your delicious maple mustard pork belly bites, follow these steps:

  1. Allow them to cool to room temperature.
  2. Transfer the bites to an airtight container.
  3. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
  4. When ready to enjoy again, reheat the bites in the air fryer or oven to maintain their crispy texture.

We hope you enjoy these irresistible Maple Mustard Pork Belly Bites from Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. For more delectable recipes and tips, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Happy cooking!