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The Best Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

This is the best smoked pork belly recipe, hands down! Your friends and family are sure to hale your smoking skills with tasty cook.

Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

I don’t know if you have ever tried making a pork belly before, but if you haven’t, it’s a must! There is a good reason this cut of meat is beloved the world over.

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The belly of a pig, when cooked correctly, is beyond delicious! Today, I am sharing one of our favorite ways to cook it.

Whether it is the main course or you are using it as an ingredient in something else, this is the best pork belly ever. The next time you want to wow your friends and family, share this delicious smoked pork belly with them.

Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

Looking for a delicious appetizer that is a hit with everyone?! Be sure to check out our pork belly bites, smoked in apple juice, covered in a dry brine and slathered with our favorite BBQ sauce.

Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

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Supplies:

Smoked Pork Belly Process

Smoked Pork Belly:

Ingredients:

*You can use any dry rub you like for this recipe, but our homemade barbecue rub has the absolute best flavor! It is a delicious combination of sweet brown sugar and smoky spices.

**Making barbecue sauce from scratch is a lot easier than you might think. You could also use your favorite store-bought kind.

Smoked Pork Belly Process

Directions:

1. Trim excess fat from the pork belly, leaving the thick layer of fat on the bottom.

2. Pat dry with paper towel.

3. Cover the front and back of the pork in a solid layer of rub.

4. Wrap the pork belly in plastic wrap and place in the fridge on a sheet pan for at least two hours, or overnight.

5. Preheat the Traeger to 165 degrees F.

Smoked Pork Belly Process

6. Place the pork belly on the bottom grill grate, fat side down.

7. Smoke for two hours.

Smoked Pork Belly Process

8. After two hours of smoking, turn the Traeger up to 235 degrees F. Wrap the whole pork belly in aluminum foil, creating a leak proof packet.

9. Smoke pork belly for an additional three hours. Remove from foil.

10. Turn the Traeger up to 350 degrees F.  

Smoked Pork Belly Process

11. Cook for an additional 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes with barbecue sauce.

Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

12. Remove from the grill to a cutting board, let the pork rest for 15 minutes, and slice thinly.

Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

What to serve with pork belly:

Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

Tips & tricks:

  • Prepare your meat the day before you want to eat it. The next day, all you have to do is put it in the smoker.
  • We find a fillet knife is the easiest for removing the top layer of fat from the pork belly.
  • Place a foil pan or roasting pan under your meat to make cleanup easier. It will catch any drips and save you from scrubbing the grill grates.
Smoked Pork Belly Recipe
  • The easiest way to check for doneness is to use a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat to confirm that a safe internal temperature has been reached. For this recipe, the pork belly should reach a temperature of at least 145 degrees F.
  • Any leftover pork belly should be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge. It will keep for approximately 5 days.
  • We like to buy our meat from butcher shops in our area, but you can also check your favorite local grocery store.
Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

Check out my beef brisket, or this recipe for pork belly burnt ends.

Be sure to check out these 20+ Best Smoker Recipes on a Pellet Grill too!

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Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

Smoked Pork Belly Recipe

This is the best smoked pork belly recipe, hands down! Your friends and family are sure to hale your smoking skills with tasty cook.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 6 lbs pork belly
  • 1/4 cup homemade rub
  • 1/2 cup homemade barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • 1. Trim excess fat from the pork belly, leaving the thick layer of fat on the bottom.
  • 2. Pat dry with paper towel.
  • 3. Cover the front and back of the pork in a solid layer of rub.
  • 4. Wrap the pork belly in plastic wrap and place in the fridge on a sheet pan for at least two hours, or overnight.
  • 5. Preheat the Traeger to 165 degrees F.
  • 6. Place the pork belly on the bottom grill grate, fat side down.
  • 7. Smoke for two hours.
  • 8. After two hours of smoking, turn the Traeger up to 235 degrees F. Wrap the whole pork belly in aluminum foil, creating a leak proof packet.
  • 9. Smoke pork belly for an additional three hours. Remove from foil.
  • 10. Turn the Traeger up to 350 degrees F.  
  • 11. Cook for an additional 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes with barbecue sauce.
  • 12. Remove from the grill to a cutting board, let the pork rest for 15 minutes, and slice thinly.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1024kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 44g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 501mg | Sugar: 6g
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I can’t wait to try this when I get back from work. Btw my boss made me do this. Happy Birthday.

Loved the flavor, cant wait to do this again