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Pork Belly with crackling can be tricky to achieve, follow this easy to follow recipe and get it right every time.

Ingredients

  • 2x 1 kg boneless pork belly, skin scored using a Stanley Knife or box cutter
  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 100 ml of vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 fennel bulb cut into thick slices
  •  2 onions peeled and cut into thick slices
  • 1 apple pelled and sliced
  • 250ml cloudy apple juice
  • 250ml sherry or dry vermouth

 

Method

  • Bring a large pan of water, big enough to fit the pork bellies in, to the boil. Add the bicarb and poach the pork on a gentle simmer for 4 mins.
  • Meanwhile, put the coriander seeds and chilli flakes in a small pan and toast over a medium heat until the seeds are aromatic, being careful not to burn the chili.
  • Lift the pork out of the pan using two slotted spoons and put in a  roasting tin, rind-side down. Pat dry with kitchen towel and pierce the meat all over with a knife.
  • Grind the toasted spices with the salt using a pestle and mortar or with a blender, then cover the meat with half the spiced salt.
  • Turn the pork over and pat the rind dry with kitchen paper, pressing down to make sure it’s completely dry
  • Squeeze the vinegar/lemon juice all over the scored rind and leave for a few minutes to soak in
  • Pat dry again and rub the remaining salt mixture over, making sure it gets into the grooves.
  • Chill, uncovered, for a minimum of 1 hour, preferably overnight or longer in your fridge
  • Bring the pork out of the fridge 30 mins before you want to cook it adn let it warm to room temperature
  • Heat oven to a high temp – 230C.
  • Chop the onion and fennel and place them in the bottom of a roasting pan, place the pork on top, rind side up
  • Roast for 40 mins, turning the roasting tin halfway so that it cooks evenly.
  • Turn the oven down to 160C add the apple, apple juice and sherry to the pan and cook for 1 hr.
  • Turn the oven up to 220C and roast for a further 10-15 mins until the crackling is crisp. Remove from the oven and rest for at least 15 mins, keeping the juices, apple, onion and fennel warm in a low oven. Place the cracking side down onto a board and use a very sharp knife to cut it up into chunks,
  • Spoon over the juices and veggies
  • Serve with whole grain mustard

 

2x 1 kg boneless pork belly

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