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Feels like X-mas came early...

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  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4466
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Feels like X-mas came early...

    ...look what my local bbq store just got in! Iberico Pork Belly! I've been digging on various Iberico pork cuts, but have yet to try the pork belly. It's gonna be glorious! What say ye, Troutman ?

    This hunk is about 8 lbs. Will report back.

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  • grantgallagher
    Club Member
    • Feb 2018
    • 1095
    • NJ

    No words.


    • bbqLuv
      Club Member
      • Jan 2020
      • 1242
      • Milwaukie, OR

      Pork Belly Burnt Ends? Bacon?
      A cliff hanger? Looking forward to your cook.


      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        Hmm, good points. It’s relatively big, so I’m gonna cut it in two. That means I can experiment! Thanks for giving me ideas, I think I’ll make burnt ends on the one half.
    • Jfrosty27
      Club Member
      • Mar 2020
      • 1181
      • Muskego, WI
      • Current cookers:
        Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
        Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
        Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
        Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
        Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
        Weber Smokey Joe
        SnS Deluxe
        The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
        Blackstone 17" griddle
        Joule Sous Vide circulator

        Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
        Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

      I’m jealous.


      • HouseHomey
        Club Member
        • May 2016
        • 5504
        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
        • Equipment
          Primo Oval xl

          Slow n Sear (two)
          Drip n Griddle
          22" Weber Kettle
          26" Weber Kettle one touch
          Blackstone 36” Pro Series
          Sous vide machine
          Kitchen Aid
          Meat grinder
          sausage stuffer
          5 Crock Pots
          Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
          cast iron pans,
          Dutch ovens
          Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
          The help and preferences
          1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
          A 9 year old princess foster child
          Patience and old patio furniture
          "Baby Girl" The cat

          Erik S.

        In half would be perfect for MH bacon recipe at 4lbs.

        Oh, this is gonna be good.


        • jfmorris
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 3391
          • Huntsville, Alabama
          • Jim Morris

            • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
            • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
            • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q (2007)
            • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
            • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
            • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
            • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
            • Anova
            • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
            • Thermoworks Dot
            • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
            • Thermoworks RT600C
            • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

          Since you are cutting it in half, I vote for half bacon, half burnt ends...

          Those are the only two things I've made with pork belly, but I am sure there are lots more things to try... I look to Henrik for inspiring cooks with this glorious piece of pork!


          • jfmorris
            jfmorris commented
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            Henrik Can't wait to see how you put a Christmas spin on it!

          • EdF
            EdF commented
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            Recommended Chinese spin: Siu Yuk (crispy roast pork belly).

          • tbob4
            tbob4 commented
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            I kind of like cutting some off for EdF ‘s idea.
        • ecowper
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 3565
          • Maple Valley, WA
          • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
            Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

            Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
            Thermometer = Maverick ET732
            Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
            Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
            Thermapen Classic = Grey
            PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

            Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
            Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
            Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
            Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

            Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"

            Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

          Let’s see, that bacon should be ready in about 8 days .... booking a flight to Stockholm for Dec 27


          • smokin fool
            smokin fool commented
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            HawkerXP kinda rich for my blood, any crop dusters in the hanger.
            With prevailing winds we should make it in 2-3 weeks

          • ecowper
            ecowper commented
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            Count me in for $10

          • smokin fool
            smokin fool commented
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            For $10 you get the upper wing
        • Texas Larry
          Club Member
          • May 2017
          • 1668
          • Wilson County, TX
          • Kamado Joe Big Joe 2
            Weber 22” Premium/SNS
            Weber Jumbo Joe/SNS
            Thermoworks Smoke
            Thermoworks 2K Thermocouple
            Thermoworks Dash
            Too many gadgets, accessories, and tools
            Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

          Butterfly half for porchetta!


          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            NOW we're talking! I didn't even think of that! Thank you! Of course I need to make a porchetta!! Brilliant!
        • Henrik
          Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
          • Jul 2014
          • 4466
          • Stockholm, Sweden

          Hmm, this Pit is amazing. Thank you all for your input! I've decided to do two dishes:

          1. Porchetta
          2. Pork belly X-mas style (Hello sugar coating, hello cinnamon!)

          Stay tuned.


          • Deaf Arty
            Deaf Arty commented
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            Whoa!!! Yesss.

          • Ahumadora
            Ahumadora commented
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            Hadn't even seen your post until now and am doing a porchetta today as well.
        • Redwng
          Charter Member
          • Oct 2014
          • 209
          • St. Cloud, FL

          Decisions....so many possibilities and they all will be great.


          • surfdog
            Club Member
            • Mar 2016
            • 1193
            • Sunny SoCal
            • Cooking gadgets
              Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
              Weber Summit Platinum D6
              Blue Rhino Razor
              Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
              Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
              Anova WiFi

              Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoWorks Signals & Billows - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

              Other useful bits...
              KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
              A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
              A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
              Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
              All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
              Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
              Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

            8 lbs... So not enough for two then.


            • holehogg
              Club Member
              • Nov 2017
              • 2525
              • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

              Sure did.
              I love pork belly (picked up 22Kg today) but I doubt I'll ever get the pleasure of savouring Iberico these parts.


              • tRidiot
                Club Member
                • Dec 2015
                • 741
                • NE OK
                • Traeger BBQ124
                  Yoder YS480
                  Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

                That sure don't look like no 8lb to me! I'd'a guessed that was a 2lb'er man. lol

                I gotta say, one of my most interesting pork belly experiments I did it 3 ways. Each section got salted, then seasoned differently.

                #1 was MMD.
                #2 was a homemade kind of Thai chili sauce with some ginger and soy and LOTS of sriracha and some cayenne. Like this marinade really singed your nose and when tried before marinating it was REALLY hot and nice.
                #3 was plain ol' salt & pepper.

                Interestingly, the MMD version was great.
                The Asian chili was ok, had some sweet and VERY LITTLE heat - always seems when I smoke something I've tried to do like this, the heat all but disappears. So weird. Done it several times with ribs trying to come up with a sweet Asian chili BBQ ribs - always turns out NOT spicy.

                The S&P was really REALLY good! Like... just letting the flavor of the pork belly shine, it was super savory and yum. I was really surprised, I thought that would be the blandest of them all, but just doing it like Texas brisket style (about that heavy, meaning probably 2:1 pepper to salt) and it rocked! Really allowed the richness of the meat itself to take over and it was SO fatty you needed something sweet to cut it a little bit.

                Makes me wanna do it again. It was GOOD.

                So there ya go, if you got Iberico pork belly, and you got 8 POUNDS of it, you need to try some plain old smoked with S&P. Period. I was super shocked, but it was really great.
                Last edited by tRidiot; December 19, 2020, 03:29 PM.


                • Henrik
                  Henrik commented
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                  Thanks, cool to hear the S&P version was so good!
              • Sweaty Paul
                Founding Member
                • Aug 2014
                • 1579
                • Hays, KS
                • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
                  (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

                  Weber Genesis Gas grill
                  Weber Kettle grills x 2





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