Posted by / Monday, July 1, 2013

Crispy Molasses Pork Belly with Lentil and Egg

Pork belly seems to be popping up on every menu, and if they do it right, who can blame them!? I love this cut of pork with all it's fatty goodness. I will walk you through making pork belly at home so you can enjoy it with your family at the table.

I had actually never cooked this cut of pork at home and in search of inspiration I found a fairly easy method over on The Crepes of Wrath. The first thing you might be asking is, where do I get pork belly? Well it's easy! I order mine from Relay Foods which makes for easy sourcing and pick up! To start we must brine the pork belly.

  • 1 pound pork belly, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Combine the brown sugar and salt, then rub thoroughly all over the pork. Wrap tightly in 2 sheets of plastic, place in a bag or dish and put in the refrigerator overnight.

24 hours later and ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the belly free of any of the brine and dry with a paper towel (don't worry, that delicious salt and sugar flavor will still come through in the cooked meat).

Place the pork on a rack over a foil lined cookie sheet (to catch drippings), cover loosely with foil and place in the oven for 50 minutes.

Ingredients for the Sauce:

Mix together sauce ingredients in saucepan and heat over medium heat until thick.

Remove the pork from the oven and uncover from foil. Raise the temperature of your oven to 450 degrees. Brush the pork on the top side with sauce and return it to the 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove, flip the pork baste, and return again for another 10 minutes. 

One last time remove and flip (take note that I like the last flip to have the fatty part of the belly up), baste and return this time for 15 minutes.

Remove and allow the belly to cool slightly. Serve with lentils and a fried egg for a full meal. This will be some of the best bacon and eggs you have ever had!

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. Mmmmm pork belly is delicious! This recipe looks amazing. I made some a few weeks ago because I finally took on the Momofuku Ramen recipe and it was soooooo good.

  2. Looks so good. Love the combo of lentil and egg with the belly too.

  3. I am having an acute hunger attack and here it is 10 pm....will probabaly dream about this pork belly tonight.

  4. <3 pork belly! In England we slow roast it in the oven for hours before a get together and then take it round to the guests with a bowl of apple sauce and tooth picks. The response is almost primal! At home it is the cheapest cut of pork, still haven't been able to find it here.

    1. That sounds like a wonderful food family tradition!

  5. what a fine meal ! love that sauce! could see it done with other types of meat too.


"Some people eat to live; I live to eat." -Tim Vidra

An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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