Sticky slow-roast belly of pork

Sticky slow-roast belly of pork

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(88 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 30 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1.3kg piece pork belly, boned, rind left on and scored (ask your butcher to do this)
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 1 tsp white peppercorns, crushed
  • 3 large onions, sliced
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  • 2-3 tbsp clear honey
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  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped

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).

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marem1
22nd Feb, 2012
5.05
The best belly pork I've ever tried!!! Perfect for a dinner party, very tasty and well presented, all guests are going to be amazed!!! Little tip: pork goes perfectly with an home made apple & cinnamon chutney on the side.
frescocleaningson
15th Feb, 2012
its nice but i prefer the original hairy bikers version to the copy
paul_hogan
2nd Feb, 2012
5.05
Well worth the time it takes. A fabulous main course.
cwiemold
28th Jan, 2012
5.05
Very tasty and very tender. Really enjoyed it!
jussy1
28th Jan, 2012
This really was delicious, highly recommended! My husband and I have always loved a nice bit of pork on a Sunday afternoon - and this was one of the most enjoyable roasts I've had in ages. My husband's a butcher by trade, so he's a bit of an expert with his meat and he really loved getting to grips with this one. He greased up the belly with his spices and then drizzled it with some of my dad's homemade honey. Delicious! To keep things nice and moist he protected his meat with some foil before sliding it into my oven and I have to say there was very minimal shrinkage. Sometimes meat can loose a lot of its mositure during cooking, but his meat was still dripping with juices when he took it out. I'd recommend using a good, deep roasting tray for this one as my drip-tray was overflowing with juices. The best pork I've had in ages! Brilliant!
croady
15th Jan, 2012
5.05
This is so easy to do, and tastes amazing. I added a beef stock pot to the onions and some water at the end to make a gorgeous gravy, served with steamed cavalo nero & rosted carrots and sweet potatoes Will definitely make this again
foodfanatic2012
8th Jan, 2012
I was intrigued by the recipe, although the amount of time I cooked it for burnt my crackle. I don't like the amount of fat that is also on a Pork Belly but the pork meat was amazing! If I do this again I think I will cook my pork normally with the marinade.
julie1410
1st Jan, 2012
Brilliant, lovely new year eve meal. Definitely will be a regular
arlette
30th Dec, 2011
Since discovering this a month agom w ehave cooked it three times! Absolutely gorgeous. For an even crispier skin leave the pork out uncovered in the fridge overnight.
rowjames
27th Dec, 2011
5.05
We've made this dish 3 times now and each time it has been great. Our oven is not reliable so we've always checked to make sure it doesn't burn. On Xmas Eve we put it on the lowest heat (we leave the bone in by the way) and went out to deliver our cards & presents. 2 hours later we got home and it was perfect, despite lack of basting. Just put on the honey, cumin & squeezed some orange juice too, and left it to get on with it while the potatoes cooked. Rested it for 10 mins, creamed the potatoes, & it fell of the bones when carved. Fantastic, & I think we may have started a new Christmas Eve tradition :-)

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