Grilling pork belly is a great way to get that nice crispy crunch on the outside while keeping all of the succulent fat and meat inside.
Grilled pork belly can be used in different ways, like as a main dish for dinner or appetizer, which is really up to you.
But how to properly grill pork belly and what to look at to achieve the best grilled meat? All these questions will be unraveled in this article.
Let’s check it out!
How long should we grill pork belly?
Normally, pork belly is sliced into thin and long strips when grilling.
Therefore, it doesn’t take time to grill pork belly, especially if you just want it to be medium-rare.
A side of pork belly should be grilled for nine to 10 minutes which is divided into three flips.
So you will need to grill for three minutes per side per time, give it a baste, and then do the same thing with the other side for a total of three times.
So in short, a grilling day will only take you 20 to 25 minutes for cooking on the grill, and about an hour prior to marinating the pork belly.
3 tips to grill pork belly
There are some tips that will help you grill pork belly like a pro.
Check out the three following tips so that every time grilling meat can be done with ease and always successful.
1. Evenly marinate the pork belly for at least one hour before grilling
The key to having a flavorful grilled pork belly lies in the marinating spice.
You can use a dry rub or seasoning liquid to marinate your best cut of pork belly per your preference, but we recommend sticking with a dry rub because it will develop a beautifully caramelized crust.
On the other hand, marinades will be better when basting pork belly while grilling to keep it moist and glowy.
2. Close the lid while grilling so that the meat can be cooked evenly and quickly
Most grills, no matter if they use electricity or coals, will have a lid to cover them up while working.
Don’t forget to close the lid and open it occasionally to flip the meat while grilling.
This will not only reduce the smoke emitted in the cooking process but also make the pork be cooked evenly and quickly.
3. Cook at low temperature at first and finish with high heat for a crispy crust
Another tip to achieve the best grilled pork belly dish is to cook at the right temperature.
You should start with a low temperature and remain it until the pork belly is mainly cooked, then raise the temperature and allow the meat to be quickly cooked over high heat for the last stage to achieve the crispy crust.
Keep your eyes on this step because there is just a small range from crispy crust to burnt, so don’t damage your dish with just a few last minutes.
How to grill pork belly?
- A sharp knife
- A grill
- A brush
Time needed: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Grilling pork belly is not that hard.
Most home cooks can create a delicious meal from grilled pork belly that is juicy and moist inside but crispy and beautifully caramel outside if they properly follow the below instructions.
- Slice the pork belly into strips with the desired thickness
- Generously coat pork belly with salt and pepper or other dry rubs from various spices like cinnamon powder, garlic powder, ground pepper, etc… and let the meat sit for at least one hour
- Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium-high
- Cook for 10 minutes on each side, or until a thermometer inserted into the center reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit
- Raise the temperature and quickly grill for a few more minutes to achieve the crispy crust
- In the last minutes of cooking over high heat, baste the pork belly with some sweet sauce (or BBQ sauce)
- Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing
- Serve with applesauce mixed with brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cloves (optional)
So we have provided you with a detailed guide on how to grill pork belly correctly to result in a perfectly crispy outer shell and juicy meat inside, which is what everyone wants when it comes to grilling food.
One thing to keep in mind is always well-season your meat before grilling for at least one hour (overnight will be best) so that you will never forget the flavorful taste that lingers on your tongue after taking a bite.