Slow Braised Pork Belly

The week before last when I was not feeling well and had spent a couple of days lying down due to back pain I was so grateful that I fill our freezer with homemade meals. To just take a home cooked meal out of the freezer and just ding in the microwave is a God send.  Late last year I had stocked our freezer up and took photos with the intention of blogging some of these recipes but with one thing and another I never got round to it.  The ease at which I could prepare a meal for the three of us whilst unwell has prompted me to sit down and write up some of these recipes.

A favourite of mine is Slow Braised Pork Belly.  It’s really easy to prepare and then just pop in the slow cooker for a few hours while you get on with your day.  As with all slow cooker meals I always prepare extra so I can freeze further meals for late.

Ingredients

  • 2 large white onions, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1.5kg pork belly, with rind removed but the fat left on
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quantity olive oil mash
  • 1 litre good-quality dry cider (do not use sweet cider)
  • 150ml runny honey
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 tablespoon of apple sauce

This recipe feeds 4.  I cooked double quantities to enable some to be frozen for another meal.

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Season the pork.

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Dry-fry the pork on both sides until golden brown, ensuring that all sides of the meat are sealed. Remove from the pan and set aside to rest for 3–5 minutes. (Most of the fat should have been released during this stage.)

DSC_0013Dry fry the onions until caramelised.
DSC_0016In the frying pan combine all the ingredients for the braising liquor and bring to the boil.
DSC_0017Add honey.
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And apple sauce.

DSC_0021Place meat, onions and liquid in slow cooker and cook for 4 hours.
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Serve this with caramelised onion mashed potato.

Can be frozen for up to 4 weeks in individual or family sized portions.

Linking up with Tasty Tuesdays.

3 Comments

  1. 2 April, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    That looks and sounds delicious! I don’t have a slow cooker though…low heat for how many hours would you think?

    Hope you’re feeling much better 🙂

    • Candace
      2 April, 2014 / 8:21 pm

      Not sure how long to cook in a normal oven Lisa but I would cook really low temp and have a look after a few hours to see how tender the meat is. This just fell apart when it was cooked. Love to know how you get on with timings if you give it a go in an oven.

  2. 4 April, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    Wow this looks delicious, thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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