Thursday, April 4, 2013

Crispy Skin Bone-in Pork Belly by Bill Granger

here you promised ...

the 3 to 4 hour PORK BELLY

if you've been following along you probably read about the delicious 3 DAY Pork Belly.  well, this one takes about 3-4 HOURS and it's just as pork-belly-icious!.  
i always say...
"you can't go wrong with pork belly".

this technique produces the ultimate crispy crunchy skin and...
juicy fat dripping tender pork belly.

two things that i had never tried before... cooking a pork belly with the bone in and cooking skin side down for the first few hours. 
for some reason it's a little more expensive with the bone, but that's only about $3.59 a pound.  more money = more delicious?...not a big difference, but the meat next to the bones and the ribs i ate immediately were fall-off-the-bone delicious.
after it was all finished, i removed the bones with a long sharp knife very close to the bones so that slicing the pork belly in serving portions would be much easier.  on Bill's show he was able to slice each portion with bone still attached which made for a nice plate presentation.   his servings looked like unctuous pork chops with belly fat and skin attached, if that makes sense.
the Caramel Vinegar Glaze is delicious as well.  i did not finish the glaze until late night so it didn't make the photo, but do try it.  i think it would go well with just about any pork dish...or chicken. far as the skin side down results?... i'm pretty sure i will do it this way from now on...the skin was perfect !!!...extra crispy.

by Bill Granger

3 1/2 lb pork belly with bones
2 Tbsp kosher salt, plus more as needed
extra virgin olive oil, as needed
fresh ground black pepper

score the skin of the pork belly in criss-cross pattern as shown.  rub the salt into the skin and set aside for 30 minutes

preheat oven to 425 degrees.

wipe the salt off of the skin and dry well with a paper towel.  drizzle a large roasting pan with olive oil. as you can see, i lined the pan with tin foil for easier clean up...BAD IDEA.  the skin stuck in some areas where the oil did not meet the skin.  note to self...go for bare naked and deal with the clean up later, it's not all that bad. the pork skin side down on the roasting dish and season the top with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.  put in the oven for 30 minutes to sear the skin.  then  reduce the heat to 375F degrees.  continue cooking for another 1 1/2 to 2 (mine was in for about 2 1/2 hours), or until fork tender.  now remove from oven and carefully flip over so it is skin side up.  roast for another 30 minutes or until skin is good and crispy.  you might choose to use the broiler for a moment watching carefully!
remove the pork belly from the oven and let rest for at least 15-20 minutes.

the roast is easiest to cut with the skin side down on the board.  my bones were going the length of the pork belly so i removed them close to the bone.  (NOTE...the meat next to the bone is the chef's secret treasure bites). if your bones are going the width, you can slice a serving with bone attached for plating presentation and maximum enjoyment.

(not shown, but delicious)

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup good chicken stock
juice from 1 orange,  plus 4 wide strips of orange peel
sea salt and fresh ground pepper

put the sugar, vinegar, star anise and cinnamon in a small sauce pan and cook, stirring over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.  bring to a boil and simmer for about 5-10 minutes or until mixture is syrupy.  stir in chicken stock and simmer until slightly reduced.  add the orange juice and peel, reduce the hat to a low simmer until the mixture is thick and syrupy.  don't forget to season with salt and pepper when just about done.
NOTE...this took longer than expected.  give yourself 30-45 minutes for a nice syrupy glaze.

above is example of scoring.  my new favorite tool for the job is a razor sharp box cutter.
 above is before oven using tinfoil...bad idea.  don't use tinfoil... and below is after roasting with skin side down.  it should be fork tender at this point.  then it goes in skin side up for the final crisping of the skin.


wendy said...

wow!!! me llevo un trocito, fotos espectaculares,prepararé este fin de semana y te cuento . Gracias y besitos

wendy said...

I could not wait until the weekend, yesterday some friends came to dinner (normally would to eat at noon) and change the menu, The roast was fantastic,hyper crispy crust and totally delicious frosting, total triumph. I served it with a salad, the '92 tempranillo red wine and authentic tiramisu dessert is my specialty. Thank you and have a good week

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Wendy...i'm so glad you came back with a report. i couldn't get the first comment translated so i'm happy to hear from you. sounds like delicious dinner party was had by all. i wish i could try your tiramisu. i'm on my way out to buy another, i can't help myself.

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Shut Up and Cook | The Attainable Gourmet said...

Made a variation of this last night and it was absolutely fabulous! Loved finding your version to confirm that you can do a "quick" pork belly. So good!

Jules and Ruby said...

hey...SHUT UP AND COOK ! love that name. yes, isn't it great to just throw that belly in the oven and it's ready and crispy in just a few hours. thanks for the report...J

Rosemaryandthegoat said...

When do you put the glaze on?

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Rosemary...i found this recipe from watching Bill Granger's show. he sliced the pork belly for service, then poured the sauce over the slices for presentation. i probably should have added that in, but i did not serve my finished product table side. i made the sauce and served it on the side. i did not want to "endanger" the CRISPY SKIN !...the sauce would be good on just about anything.

Jeff Frane said...

I realize your post is a couple of years old and it's been six months since you posted a new one... however did want to say that this recipe is exactly what I'd been looking for, ridiculously simple and simply delicious. I didn't make a sauce but otherwise followed your instruction closely.

I had a smaller piece of meat, maybe 1.5 pounds and was hard pressed not to eat it all at one sitting. So, thanks.

David Cerrelli said...

Looks great, will be trying this on a smaller piece. I will improvise a little because to me roast pork always needs garlic and rosemary. For a fennel-ly flavor I will use some Asian flavors since I'm in the Philippines so hoisin sauce with some coconut vinegar seasoned with some cayenne and red pepper flakes, salt pepper and again garlic. Never seen a broiler here but I do have a small gas grill and will hit on high maybe less skin side down. Not sure mashed potatoes or roasted parboiled for the last half hour or so again with some garlic, rosemary, hot pepper mixture and olive oil throw on some chunks of Asian eggplant and a bunch of cleaned espada peppers cut up near the end because they burn too easy.

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