Sticky slow-roast belly of pork

Sticky slow-roast belly of pork

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Pork belly is a relatively cheap cut of meat, making this an affordable roast to feed a crowd

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
620
protein
43g
carbs
12g
fat
45g
saturates
17g
fibre
1g
sugar
9g
salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 1.3kg piece pork belly, boned, rind left on and scored (ask your butcher to do this)
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns, crushed
  • 3 large onions, sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Lay the pork, skin-side up, on a rack in a roasting tin. Trickle with a little oil, then lightly press on the crushed peppercorns and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt. Place in the oven, then cook for 1 hr. Remove from the oven and baste with the juices. Continue to cook for a further 1½ hrs, basting every 20 mins.
  2. Put the sliced onions in the roasting tin under the pork. Mix the honey together with the cumin and chilli, brush it over the pork, then increase the oven to 200C/fan 180C/ gas 6. Cook for a further 30-40 mins, basting occasionally, until caramelised with a rich, golden glaze over the pork. Once cooked and tender (this can be easily tested by piercing the flesh with a knife), remove pork from the oven, then leave to rest for 10-15 mins.
  3. While the pork is resting, heat the tin on the stove with the onions, adding 2 tbsp water. This will lift any residue from the pan, creating a moist cooking liquor. Season the onions with salt and pepper, then divide between 6 plates. Carve pork into 6 portions, then serve on top of the onions. Pour any remaining liquor over and serve with the Pumpkin mash (below).

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2009

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boistizon's picture
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I ccoked this for supper, and it was absolutely delicious!! We sat at the table long after we should have left eating the delicious crackling and soft melting meat. Wouldn't change a things, and would definitely make again and again and again!

messchef's picture

have,nt cooked this yet it looks good but 3hrs seems way to long for this size.

rosie_c's picture
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It was absolutely delicious but as I have diabetes I found the quantity of honey a bit much. I'm making it again tonight but using a bit less honey. The really nice thing about it is that cooking it with the onions seems to eliminate the fat. Not sure what balsamic syrup is (see earlier comment) but shall maybe try mixing the honey with some balsamic vinegar.

Morrison's have had belly pork slices on offer and the recipe works just as well with these as cooking it all in one piece.

choke2000's picture
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Easy if a bit time consuming but tastes awesome.

earwax319's picture

Great recipe, easy to cook. I also added two apples as well as the onion.

ellenw's picture
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Amazing! You can put it in the oven and forget about it. Brilliant and mega compliments from my guests!

tilleyflipflop1's picture
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Bit dissapointed - Pork fat just went black and didn't crips up- and the pork , which was an expensive free range piece didn't get any of the flavour from the outer?? Hmmm shame! Sounded lovely.

melaniejb1's picture
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Yummmmmmmm! Gorgeous with the onions! :)

donerlank's picture
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Excellent recipe. Substituted cumin with fennel. Works beautifully. U can also try some freshly ground coriander instead of cumin. Try it. Its really good. Put some potatoes and carrots under the roast in the baking tin and baste the taters in the cooking fat and eat like a king! If you're in South Africa watch it! The butchers seem to have contracted mad cow disease as far as pricing goes. Pork belly and loin are the most expensive cuts. Excuse? They make such delicious dishes. Sort your supply source carefully. We make this on a regular basis. 10 out of 10 James!

florence100's picture
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Made this last night and it was really tasty! The onions were lovely and caramelised. Will definitely be making this again.

chrisha's picture

Hi we have made this dish on many occasions now and have been pleased with the results, but we do struggle getting the crackling right, we always seem to burn it and it's only the edges that are edible. We have followed your instructions to the letter and have used both a fan assisted and coventional electric ovens any suggestions

chvallen's picture
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This wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I feel that pork belly needs to either be cooked on a lower heat for the requisite 3 hours or use the 180 C for a shorter period. I was tempted to take it out of the oven early but stuck by the recipe, and my instincts were right, it wasn't quite as tender and moist as I had expected, but slightly dry in places. The sticky marinade was tasty but again slightly lacking, a good ol bit of garlic and rosemary would have fitted better than the slightly odd cumin and chilli, both of which lost a lot of their flavour during the half hour cooking.

agilding's picture
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Easy recipe to get the maximum taste out of this cut of meat.

alisonfield's picture
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This is delicious. We served it with butternut squash mash and curly kale picked freshly from our allotment and really enjoyed it!

talishaquibell's picture
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So nice. Well worth the effort.

lizabennet's picture

Does this have to be covered while in the oven?

dougall's picture
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This was very nice and will certainly use recipe again. I might not put so much honey on it next time as it burnt a little but that was probably my fault for leaving it in the oven for too long :-). Still yummie anyway and T loved it.

shopaholic321's picture
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Made this for the first time yesterday. The pork was delicious, although next time I might leave out the cumin, but the onions burnt really quickly and I was unable to use them. In future would put onions in oven whilst pork is resting and then finish on hob just before serving. Whole family liked it and we're not usually big fans of pork.

manslayer's picture
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forgot to rate it lol

manslayer's picture
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ok i did this last night, i left out chilli and cumin and i have an aversion to them, i have to say totally yummy, and i didnt bugger about basting it every ten minutes lol, just once or twice, and i used a lean bit of belly too i dont like squidgy fat, and my kids loved it too, and there was even some left for the dog lol.. easy to cook lovely recipe

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