Pork Belly

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Pork Belly

Servings 6
Cook Time 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 Pork Belly
  • Coarse Sea Salt (for salt bed)
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
  • Smoked Paprika (to taste)

Instructions

  • Score the fat-cap in the shape that you would like to enjoy your crackling (strips or blocks).
  • Pat dry with a paper towel (especially the fat-cap).
  • Lay down on bed of coarse sea salt (fat-side down) – leave overnight.
  • Spice the meat part of the pork with a mix of salt, pepper and some smoked paprika. It is important to not get anything on the fat that you want to ultimately crisp.
  • Insert a temp-probe in the thickest part of the pork and cook in Kettle Grill over indirect heat (fat-side up).
  • The indirect cooking method you use is arbitrary as it will impart the same flavour. If smoking is your thing, you can add a few soaked wood chips, but be cautious not to overdo it.
  • Control the cooking temperature to approximately 150 degrees.
  • Cook until you reach a core temperature of 65 degrees and wrap in foil.
  • Insert the probe back in (through the foil) and cook until you reach an internal temp of 95 degrees.
  • Remove from foil and rest for 15 min. Pat the fat-cap dry and flip over with fatcap directly onto direct heat. Keep an eye on this so as to not burn the precious crackling.
  • Once the fat is perfectly puffed and crisp, remove and set aside to rest for at least 15 min (do not cover).
  • Slice or shred to your liking and Enjoy!

Notes

Cooking time: Approximately 3 hours. Depending on size of pork belly.
Course: Braai
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