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    Porcine Pleasures - Christmas version pork belly a la Hank

    To be honest, as a non-native English speaker I hope the title isn't offensive in any way

    Anywho, as some of you may have seen in another post I got my hands on some Iberico Pork Belly. It is very rich, and with intense marbling. And I promised I was gonna do a real Christmas version of it, so here goes.

    How about smoked pork belly, with a gingerbread rub and spritzed with glögg (mulled wine)? Christmassy enough for ya? I sure think so! Ok, here goes.

    Ingredients
    1 kg / 2.2 lbs Iberico pork belly
    5 gingerbread cookies
    1 tsp salt
    7 tbsp glögg (get the good stuff)

    Serves
    4 people

    Prep time
    10 minutes

    Cook time
    3- 3.5 hours

    Instructions

    Dry brine the pork with the salt the day before.

    - Now crush the gingerbread cookies with your hand or in a mortar to a fine dust.

    - Apply evenly all over the pork.

    - Fire up your grill/smoker, have it running at 130° C / 265° F and use some wood chunks for smoke flavor. I use oak or cherry.

    - Smoke the pork belly for 2 hours.

    - Now spritz the belly with the glögg, applying a good amount every 20-30 minutes until done. This builds some serious bark.

    - It's done when the inner temp hits 80° C / 175° F. A bit lower than normal pork belly, but it's because this is so fatty.

    - Let the meat rest for 20-30 minutes, loosely tented with some aluminum foil.

    - Slice and enjoy with your favorite beer.


    Check out the insane marbling, part I

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    Check out the insane marbling, part II

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    Gingerbread rub applied

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    Pork belly getting smoked

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    Here's what it looks like after resting, wobbly like all get out

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    And here it is, sliced and ready to eat.

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    Some pics didn't turn out that good, sorry about that, but it got real dark. Anyhow, the flavor combination is a bit odd, but I gotta say it turned out real good! My wife blind tested and gave me two thumbs up also. So I guess this one is gonna be done again. I can highly recommend it.


    Whadda y'all think? Merry X-mas, pit masters, Hank is out!!
    Last edited by Mr. Bones; December 22, 2020, 11:38 AM.

    #2
    As always Henrik looks like you knocked it out of the park. I would eat that to the point of being sick and then do it all over again.

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Thank you! There _was_ a lot of fat on it, so I only had a few slices. But I think spreading it out over time (putting a cold slice on a slice of rye and a beer every now and then) is a Good Thing™ :-)

    #3
    Nuthin offensive, Brother, but yer missin an “s”in Pleasure...

    That pork belly both looks an sounds insanely good!!!

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Thanks Bones! Oddly enough I can't seem to edit the title. Huskee or Spinaker - isn't that possible?

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      I fixed it, Hank... Henrik
      Last edited by Mr. Bones; December 22, 2020, 11:41 AM.

    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      You da man!

    #4
    I thought you were gonna have something good. I looked at the title and scrolled down to see the photos and was salivating all over my iPad as to how good this all was and then I went back to read what you all wrote. “Serves 4 people” 😂😂😂 ain’t no way 3 other other people are getting anywhere near that!!!! 😡😡 that’s mine, all mine!!! BAH HUMBUG!!!
    Very impressive!!!

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    • Polarbear777
      Polarbear777 commented
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      agreed. fix the recipe. serves one.

    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Ha ha ha! Well, I've never seen my dog pay such close attention, let me tell you that! It went down rather well, but due to it being so rich I don't eat as much as I normally would.

    #5
    Mighty fine!

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      #6
      That is amazing! Nicely done

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        #7
        I my have to reserve a few gingerbread men. Thanks!

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          #8
          Another great job. Ya got me Hankering fer some of that.

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          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            Lol, thanks!

          #9
          As some of you may have figured out already from the first pic - I cut off a few slices yesterday and fried up as bacon. Yes I know it wasn't smoked or cured, but still had an amazing flavor. I call it quality control

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            #10
            That belly looks sublime. Good job as always.

            My addiction to Pork Belly is always in the hunt for something different. I'm going to get me a pkt of top quality ginger biscuits tomorrow and I have redirected one of my what would have been bacon slabs to this worthy cause. Don't have any glogg but will improvise somehow.

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            • Henrik
              Henrik commented
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              Apple juice will do just fine too.

            #11
            Looks great. Wondering if Risengryn Grod or something similar is part of the Christmas meal in Sweden.

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            • Henrik
              Henrik commented
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              It is! I'm gonna make it tomorrow or the 24th!

            #12
            Another really interesting offer Hankster. You really are pulling out all the old Swedish grandma recipes for our Christmas enjoyment !! Who'd of thought of gingerbread with bacon....

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            • Henrik
              Henrik commented
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              I took a wild chance with this one, but sometimes one gets lucky!

            #13
            That looks great! The first picture showing the marbling - you should frame that and hang it on the wall it looks so good.

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              #14
              Looks Awesome!!

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