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Look at that! How amazing does this look?! Let me tell you guys how darn simple this recipe is to make. I know, it looks quite complicated to achieve these delicious, crispy, fatty layers, but it’s surprisingly so easy.
This dish requires only 4 ingredients and all you really have to do is pamper your pork belly and get it ready to sit in the oven and roast to perfection! Insert some garlic wholes into the middle of your pork belly to give it that juicy flavor, rub the pork nicely with some spice, and sprinkle the top with salt! How easy is that??
Now let’s talk about the salt for a little. The key is to get that super crispy top so, when you pour the salt on top of the pork belly, BE SUPER GENEROUS. I’m telling you, you’ve got to have a super thick layer of salt that covers the entire skin side of the pork belly. Just pack that stuff on! And don’t be afraid because eventually, we’re going to remove that layer of salt later after it roasts for a while.
Another important key is to make some holes on the skin of the pork belly because you want to create some air to add that extra crispiness. But, don’t puncture the skin too deep, just a tiny bit because you don’t want the hole to go down pass the skin where all the flavor will be released.
In terms of roasting, what I find is key to obtaining a perfect pork belly is I place my pork belly (once all pampered) onto a baking rack and I place that on top of a baking sheet filled with water. Put that in the oven at 350 F for one hour. Once the hour is up, remove the layer of salt that has formed to a crisp on the top. It should come off fairly easy, just make sure to scrape all traces of salt off. Once that’s done, you’re going to put the pork belly back in the oven for another 45 minutes but, increase your temperature to 470 F. That last 40 or so minutes will really form that super crispy skin.
And THAT is how you achieve this gorgeous pork belly. I know right, so easy!! Is your mouth watering yet?? I’ll link all the ingredients down below as well as my video for full details on how to make this recipe. I so, so urge you guys all to try making this because it’s TO DIE FOR. And, if you make it for friends and family, everyone will be so impressed! You’ll be a star! I hope you guys have as much fun as I do making this recipe 🙂
- 1 pork belly (mine was about 3 pounds)
- 5 spice powder
- 6-7 cloves of garlic whole
- LOTS OF SALT!
And here’s my video for the full details!