Belly by the Bellyful: The Three Best Ways to Cook Pork Belly

June 25, 2012 5:53 PM EDT | By Staff Writer
Pork Belly
Yup. Three ways. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Pork belly is one of those reminders that it's really cool to not have dietary restrictions. It's the best part of any sub-par restaurant's offerings, and the only good part of being on the Atkins diet (aside from not having enough energy to bring your Hunter to Level 85). We're going to show you three ways to prepare it up home, ranging from the lazy to the more involved, all of them totally satisfying. Here's everything you need to know about pork belly.

1. Fried Pork Belly over Cold Ramen

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Chop your pork belly strip into pieces a quarter-inch thick, then fry them up in a pan with a teaspoon of sesame oil, a squirt of lime, and chopped basil until they start to brown.

In another pot, boil ramen noodles until done, according to package. Rinse them under ice-cold water until the noodles are cold to the touch. Add a teaspoon of hot oil and white sesame seeds, if you have them on hand.

Top with the pork belly and enjoy, and we mean really, really, enjoy.

2. Crispy Pork Belly

Oh man, now we're getting fancy. Preheat your oven to 325 and cut your pork belly until the meat meets the skin, at quarter-inch segments. Rub it down with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and finish with a hint of ginger powder.

In a roasting tray, mix halved garlic, rosemary sprigs, and thyme sprigs. Put the pork belly on top of it, fat side up, and drizzle with olive oil, white wine, and two cups of water with the flavor packet from pork ramen. 

Cook for 4-6 hours, then serve.

3. Crockpot Pork Belly Adobo

Now we're getting serious. To a crock pot, add chopped pork belly, 1/3 cup Sprite, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup rice vinegar, 1/3 cup oyster sauce. If the pork belly still isn't covered, add liquids in equal parts until it is. Finish it off with freshly ground pepper and three bay leaves. Add a whole head of crushed garlic.

Cook it on low for twelve hours. When you're done, quickly remove just the meat and brown it on the stove top in some oil, then add it back to the pot.

Serve over rice. 


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