We had a huge phase of cooking roast pork and pork belly. We were absolutely obsessed, our mission was to perfect the crackle. Maybe we did every, now and then. We sure did with this recipe, Crispy Pork Belly With Raspberry-Apple Sauce!
Before we perfected it, we also burnt it a few times. Several times, half crackled and half didn’t. The joy of home cooking!
And you know what, it’s ok! It’s ok to fail your home cooking and it’s ok to completely suck at particular recipes. Keep trying if you want to or do what we do often… vow NEVER to cook that recipe again. Hahaha. We don’t often cook roast pork anymore… not because it was a fail but because we ate too much (oops).
This Crispy Pork Belly With Raspberry-Apple Sauce recipe is pretty easy. And we are sure you can get at least half the pork belly crackle to crackle. Haha.
Emma + Carla
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STUFF YOU NEED
For the pork
- 1 kg (2 lbs.) pork belly (get the butcher to score it)
For the marinade
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1⁄4 cup coconut aminos or tamari sauce
- 2 tbs. honey
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
For teh sauce
- 2 apples peeled and chopped
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄2 lemon juiced
- 1 tbs. butter
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- With some paper towel pat the skin of the pork belly dry. less moisture = better crackle.
- In a casserole dish or marinating container (that will fit your pork belly) add all the marinade ingredients and stir well.
- Place the pork belly into the marinade skin side up (but make sure the marinade doesn’t touch the skin) then pop it into the fridge for 2 hours or leave it overnight. Don’t cover as this helps dry out the skin.
- Once you’re ready to cook the pork belly, preheat oven to 220°C (420°F).
- Remove the pork belly from the marinade and place skin side up into a greased roasting pan.
- Season really well with salt (you can be generous), you should rub it into the skin. Give it a massage!
- Place the pork into the oven for 20 minutes, watch that skin puff and crisp up!
- Turn the oven down to 160°C (320°F) and cook for 1 hour.
- While the pork cooks, make the sauce! In a medium heat saucepan, melt the butter then place all the ingredients into the saucepan and bring to the boil, cover and turn down to simmer for about 15 minutes. Leave it chunky or blend to make it smooth.
- Ok, back to the pork. If the skin isn't quite crisp enough (oh no, oh well!) place under a hot grill for 5-10 minutes. Be careful, don't burn it!
- Allow the pork to rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving with sauce.