Pork Belly with Red Wine Reduction Recipe

Pork Belly with Red Wine Reduction

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Ingredients

Meat:
Pork Belly (~2lb)
Salt
Pepper
Granulated garlic

Veg:
Potatoes, cubed
Young carrots, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly sliced
3-4 cloves garlic, whole
Shitake mushrooms
Salt
Pepper
Parsley
A splash of red wine

Sauce:
Red wine (I used a Cabernet Sauvignon)
Beef broth
Butter
Olive oil
1 Shallot
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 sprinkle of sugar

How to make Pork Belly with Red Wine Reduction


I really wanted to make pork belly after having it for the first time. Thinking of ways to cut through the fattiness of it, I decided upon a red wine reduction. For my first attempt I can modestly say that I succeeded admirably. Thanks to yongfook's pork belly recipe for the idea of cooking vegetables beneath the meat to absorb the delicious flavor.

First dry and score the skin of the pork belly before rubbing it with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. In the meantime toss the chopped vegetables with a bit of red wine, salt and parsley and preheat the oven to 250F.

In a medium baking pan, put the vegetables under the meat. Brush the meat with olive oil and pop it in for ~3 hours. That's pretty much that. I was concerned that at that low temp the skin of the belly wouldn't crisp, but happily it did. If it had not, I would advise raising the temperature to 450F or putting it under the broiler for 10-20 to get that crackle we all love.

About 20 minutes before the meat is done, begin the sauce.

In a saucepan, cook shallots and garlic in olive oil and melted butter. Before they begin to brown too much add red wine (quite a bit) and beef broth (a splash will do). Put into the mix s+p, a bay leaf and a dash of sugar. Keep it at a steady boil until it reduced down. Strain out the bay leaf, garlic, shallots and serve with the meat and vegetables.

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Question from the Chef

“God I love pork belly. Favorite preparation?”

  • Jaylene
    Jaylene says

    I LOVE PORKBELLY OMG OMG LOL :( your picture makes me cry because i love pork belly so much! my favourite is samgyeospal.. korean pork belly SO GOOD ... grilled to perfection with condiments and wrapped in lettuce!

  • mickeykitterman
    mickeykitterman says

    That is looking prety sensational.

  • Papermoon
    Papermoon says

    gawd this looks really good. I've been afraid to try a pork belly but this recipe looks perfect for my first try!

  • muttoneer
    muttoneer says

    I hope you do. It was really easy to make. Just stick it in the oven and forget it... Or check compulsively, if you're crazy like me.

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