Sticky slow-roast belly of pork

Sticky slow-roast belly of pork

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 30 mins


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: per serving

  • kcal620
  • fat45g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre1g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 1.3kg piece pork belly, boned, rind left on and scored (ask your butcher to do this)
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil

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  • 1 tsp white peppercorns, crushed
  • 3 large onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2-3 tbsp clear honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped


  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).

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Comments (100)

c-sherwood's picture

I made this yesterday ans my husband and I both wolfed it down. it really was SOOO easy- much easier than a traditional roast, especially because I used pork belly slices so no carving to do. For the baste I also added some wholegrain mustard and used chilli powder instead of a chilli. It was so tasty, I'll be making this regularly from now on.

j_alexandra_roberts's picture

The best pork belly recipe I've tried. Works really well. I used a loaf tin full of baking beans to press down on the pork for an hour in the latter stage of cooking - it helped to get rid of all of the layers of fat. I also probably cooked it for a bit longer. Lovely.

joannepd's picture

Easy to make and absolutely delicious.Drained off a good amount of fat and added a little extra water to the onions to make sure there was plenty of lovely sauce - which there was. Used butternut squash in the mash and this was a perfect accompaniment.

thebastion's picture

Wow... this dish rocks so much I think I have out on 3 stone since I found it!!

josiepg's picture

Forgot to rate it!

josiepg's picture

Along with everyone else, I love this recipe having tried it for the first time tonight. Had no ground cumin so added a little garam masala instead and added gravy granules to the liquor and strained, serving as gravy and the onions as a "relish". Already planning to serve again to friends....yummy!

topchap's picture

This is pork as it's meant to be! Simply amazing, although I have had a similar experience to the earlier poster about the meat blackening. The final stage need not be as long sa stated.

I want to eat it again right now.

richkw's picture

Absolutely 'crackling' recipe!

This is the best recipe for belly pork I've ever come across.

Quite superb!

gbjhch9's picture

Absolutely fab made this for my wife a couple of weeks ago trying again tonight, maybe tonight's the night eh?

annieball's picture

This looked just like the picture until 15 mins after putting on the honey! Turning the oven up and adding honey ends up blackening it and if I'ld left it in the whole time suggested it would have been ruined.
Pork very tender nonetheless. Good with your puy lentil and chorizo recipe. I served the onions with cherry tomatoes sauted in olive oil and garlic and kept the gravy plain.

itsjustgetstougher's picture

I have cooked this recipe 3 times now, recently as a dinner party main. I omit the cumin and use half balsamic syrup and half honey for the marinade.

Absolutely delicious and so easy to make!

Mama Bookworm's picture

This dish is delicious. Have made it with just the honey and it is still gorgeous.

schambers's picture

Oh my God, my housemate and her boyfriend cooked this for myself and my partner on Saturday and it was absolutely gorgeous! The meat was perfectly soft, not really fatty at all (I hate squidgy fat!) and the crackling was crisp, chewy and sweet, yum! Apparently it wasn't that difficult either so I will definitely be giving it a go myself too. We had it with butternut squash and potato mash (as they couldn't find pumpkin, which was suggested) and sweet mini baby carrots.
Definitely recommend this one!

shill83's picture

Really enjoyed this. Struggled to get hold of belly pork so used leg instead, and worked beautifully. It all got eaten so no 'left over' sandwiches tomorrow...unfortunately! Will definitely do again!

romarester's picture

I've made this three times already, enjoyed it every single time. Butternut squash mash goes very well with it.

Will deffinitely cook it again.

visioncottage's picture

Delicious! delicious! delicious! as with most of James Martins recipes they are well thought out and great!

janarose's picture

This was absolutely delicious! I bought some lean, not very fatty belly pork from the butcher; he scored it so it was really easy to cut into long slices. The dark sticky crisp crackling was great. Definitely a dish I'll be making next time friends come for supper.

johnmcc's picture

Absolutely delicious. Had enough for left overs, equally as tasty cold.

yummyfw's picture

This recipe was easy to make, if a little time consuming with nurmerous visits back to the oven to baste etc. The sticky sauce was yummy and the onions were delicious. I suppose my only problem is that Belly Pork is rather a fatty meat. I will try again using ahoulder or leg of pork. The children really enjoyed it too, the crackle was lovely!


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