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Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Grilled Peaches and Sweet Corn Relish
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Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Grilled Peaches and Sweet Corn Relish

Posted on July 22, 2019

Created by our chef, Phillip Schaaf

The pork belly is a king’s cut of meat. Thick and delicious, a little bit of belly can really go a long way. The belly of the pig is where every carnivore’s favorite meat product, bacon, comes from. And because of the popularity of bacon, raw pork belly is more scarce and in demand these days. If you do happen across a beautiful slab of belly, it’s very important to know how to treat it so that you can yield the best results.

Pork belly can be cooked in a variety of ways. The percentage of fat in an average pork belly is 45-55% so it is important to render that fat properly so that the end product is edible and delicious. This takes some coaxing and slow cooking. We are going to cook our belly twice, but before we even apply heat we are going to season it for at least 12 hours. 

Our seasoning for the belly is incredibly simple as it is just three ingredients; salt, sugar and vinegar. The salt is always kosher. The vinegar can vary, although I prefer a sweeter variety, such as apple cider, rice or if you are lucky to have a Filipino market near you, cane vinegar. Sugar can vary as well. Dark brown sugar is great, but coconut sugar can work as well, or even molasses. If you are eating keto, you could use Stevia sweetener or just cut the sugar altogether.

Our first stage of cooking the belly is going to be slow and low. This will help render the fat and keep the meat tender without completely drying it out. The second cook will be at high heat with either a skillet or grill. This will add a bit of crispy texture and caramelization.

Given the fatty deliciousness of pork belly, it is  best to pair it with components that bring a bit of acidity and bitterness to cut through all of the unctuous decadence. A simple relish of grilled peaches and sweet summer corn will brighten up this belly with the peak flavors of summer. 

What You'll Need

For the Belly:

2 lb slab pork belly

1 T salt

1 T sugar(optional)

2 t sweet vinegar(cider, rice, or cane)

For the Grilled Peach and Sweet Corn Relish:

2 Medium sized semi ripened peaches, halved, pitted, grilled and diced

1 ear of corn, shucked, steamed and removed from the cob

1 shallot, minced

1 bunch parsley, chopped

1 t rice vinegar

1 T good olive oil

1 t kosher salt

3 turns cracked pepper

The Recipe

For the Belly:

  1. Mix the salt, sugar and vinegar in a small bowl. Coat the belly entirely with the mixture and then refrigerate for at least 12 hours before cooking. 

  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

  3. Roast the belly on a roasting rack in a pan until the internal temperature is 190 degrees.

  4. Let the belly cool completely and then slice into half inch thick slabs.

  5. Preheat a grill or cast iron skillet for high heat. 

  6. Cook the slabs of pork belly until it is heated through and has a crispy exterior texture.

  7. Serve the pork belly with grilled peach and sweet corn relish with crispy fried rice.

For the Grilled Peach and Sweet Corn Relish:

Halve and pit the peaches. Lightly oil the peaches and grill them at high heat, flesh side down. Peel and dice the peaches and combine them with the other ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Refrigerate for a bit before serving.

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