slow roasted pork belly with ginger beer – jamie oliver

by Sam on November 22, 2010

slow roasted belly of pork with ginger beer

Laurence was doing some research on a slow roasted pork belly and stumbled across this recipe by Jamie Oliver.

As big fans of pork, this sounded so delicious as well as very easy, so he made this for our lunch.

The 3 main reasons why I love slow roasted pork belly are as follows:

  1. Crispy crackling - I’m a massive fan of texture in my food, especially extremely crunchy bits, so very little beats pork crackling for me.
  2. Succulent meat - Pork belly that has been slowly roasted yields a layer of the most moist, succulent and juicy meat. Yum Yum!
  3. Flavour – Pork belly is the starting point of streaky bacon. Need I say more? It’s also laced with fat which is the flavour factory, and by slow roasting it, you render out a lot of the bad part but retain all the good taste part.  Win Win.

This is what you will need to make:

  • A pork belly (whatever size), we found that 1.2 kgs can feed 2 (I mean 4) comfortably
  • a 300 – 340 ml can of ginger beer per 700gms of pork belly (roughly).  Laurence used Stoney Ginger beer
  • 2 – 3 Tbs of brown sugar
  • salt (smoked salt was used)
  • oil

How to make this:

  • pre heat the oven to 220 degrees C
  • score the skin of the belly with an extremely sharp knife (this is a bit difficult).  If you want thin crackling shards as per the image here, cut the grooves quite close together. If you like thick crackling wedges, cut further apart
  • rub a bit of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with the salt, getting it into the crevices
  • place a large piece of foil in a shallow roasting dish, with the sides folded up
  • fill this with the ginger beer and the sugar
  • fold the foil up around the pok belly keeping the top open and place in the oven
  • cook for 15 minutes at 220 C, then turn the oven down to 180 C and cook for a further 2.5 hours depending on the size 

Laurence threw in some rustic pieces of vegetables to complete this delicious meal.

Succulent and lip smackingly tasty with gooey caramelised bits at the bottom of the pan to make a sauce.  The crackling was perfect and I think best not to have too many people around to compete for it.

thin and very crispy shards of crackling

roasted butternut, carrots and whole beetroot

yum yum

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

eves November 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

oh wow. looks so delicious sam!

Lori November 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Looks SO yummy – think we must def make soon.
Lovely pics as well hun, you are getting good!

Shay November 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

This looks absolutely delicious. I never thought to roast beets with meat…fantastic idea. Yum…so craving this. Must hop to the butcher. I need pork belly ASAP

nina November 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm

The ginger beer must impart such a warm delicious flavor to this hunk of meat…..Brilliant Jamie, Brilliant you for trying it!!!

drizzleanddip November 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Thanks Nina, actually Laurence gets the credit for the preparation. I’m just the stylist, photographer and blogger :-). LOVED the ginger beer with it, such a lovely flavour.

drizzleanddip November 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Shay, I must say posting this today has made me want to rush out and make this again, and again, and again. A little bit of time, but so worth the effort.

drizzleanddip November 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Thanks Rowan, its so easy and flippin delicious.

Dazza January 24, 2011 at 6:47 am

Try also with ginger ale or coke.Yum

Juliet October 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

My Mum made this for me two weekends ago and it’s been all that I can think about! So delicious, thank you! I’ll be making it for my boyfriend this weekend, we’ll both be addicts soon.

By the way, we’ll be coming to South Africa early next year, we’re both total foodies, do you have any ‘must-eat-at’ recommendations for places to visit?

Sam October 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

Awesome Juliet, glad it worked out. I love the sticky sauce it makes.

cheryl May 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

It sounds delicious and easy and I must try it – can you taste the ginger beer at all?

Sam May 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hi Cheryl, no you don’t taste the ginger beer at all, it cooks for so long, it just becomes a delicious gravy mixed in with the pork pan juices.

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