Do you remember the lovely ladies that I introduced you to, Sonia and Krista, from Gunpowder Ranch and Roasting (They’re the urban California girls who now run a ranch here in Bend, Oregon.)? In our last order from them, we asked for fresh pork belly – 10 pounds of it! The only problem was that we’d never actually cooked pork belly.
If you’ve had poorly cooked pork belly – chewy or otherwise unpleasant, you know that technique is important. We looked at several recipes and settled on the master recipe from Momofuku, which Dave Chang was kind enough to share at Lucky Peach. We expected that, when it came to pork belly, he probably knew what he was talking about. What we didn’t expect was how ridiculously simple the recipe would be!
How to Cook Pork Belly
We started with a one-pound slab of fresh pork belly.
Seasoned it with a dry rub of sugar, salt and a little bit of pepper. (side note: I love my husband’s hands. Aren’t they nice? Just sayin’.)
We covered the seasoned pork belly and refrigerated it overnight.
And the next day roasted it – in a hot oven for the first 30 minutes and then for an hour at a lower heat.
And that’s it.
You can eat it just like this or wrap it tightly and refrigerate, then slice and reheat as needed for spicy lettuce wraps, pork buns, ramen, noodle stir-fry or… Hungry yet?
- 1 pound skinless pork belly
- 2 teaspoons fine salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- a few grinds of black pepper
- Season pork belly with salt sugar and a few grinds of black pepper. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Roast pork belly for 30 minutes, fat side up. Reduce heat to 275°F and roast for an hour or more, until tender but not mushy. (Larger pieces of pork belly will take longer. Our one-pound belly was done after an hour at 275°F.)
- Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate until chilled through - at least a few hours and up to 2 days.
- Once chilled, slice into thick pieces and brown in a small amount of oil or warm in stock or water if you're making ramen or ?? Enjoy!