Sunday, July 24, 2016

Poached Pork Belly, Pan Grilled Mango with Rum Sauce over Grits


Made this up. As of July 23, 2016, the day that I made this (started brining two days earlier), it is, by far, the best pork belly dish I have ever made.

For the Pork Belly
Pork Belly – cross-hatched cut through fat, brined for 24 hours in ¾ gallon water with ¾ cup kosher salt
Onion, diced
Carrot, diced
Celery, diced
Herbs (star of anise, rosemary, thyme)
Apple juice (unfiltered)
Chicken stock
Splash of rum
Clarified butter

For the grits
¾ cups grits
3 cups liquid (2 cups milk, 1 cup apple juice)

For the Mango
Mango – cut in ¾ inch cubes
Small orange or red pepper – sliced into rings
Vermouth or dry white wine to deglaze pan

For the Rum Sauce
¼ cup dark rum
¼ cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon salt


For the Belly
Preheat oven to 250 F.

 Rinse and dry the belly.


Then season with salt and pepper. 

In a large enough casserole to hold the belly, pre-heat the pan and melt some clarified butter. Brown the belly.


Remove belly from the pan and set aside. Add onion, carrot, and celery to pot. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender, about 8 minutes.


Add the garlic and herbs. Cook under aromatic.


Shake pan to get nice, even layer of mixture.


Lay pork belly on top of mixture and add liquids (apple juice, chicken stock, splash of rum) to cover belly completely. Place a weight on the belly to keep submerged.


Bring to boil. Turn off heat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and then place lid on pot.


Place in 250 F to poach for 7 hours.

Remove pot from oven and uncover. Let cool in pot for at least 15 minutes.

Take belly out of pot, carefully, and place on rack on pan.

 Broil belly to crisp up top, about 5 minutes.

Place and cutting board and slice into squares for serving.

For the Grits
Mix grits, liquid and some salt together. Cook in double boiler for 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Add liquid as necessary to make nice, creamy grits. Could add some cayenne if you like.

For the Mango
Heat pan and melt butter. Toss in mango and season with salt. Cook to caramelize, about 4 – 5 minutes. Deglaze pan if needed.

For Rum Sauce
Place all ingredients, except lime, in sauce pan. Bring to boil while stirring. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer for 4 minutes to reduce and thicken. Add lime juice.


Serve with grits on bottom, then belly, then mango/peppers. Drizzle sauce over.
I tried to figure out which wine would go best. Opened a Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley as well as a Texas Viognier from Pedernales Cellars. With the mango and lightness of it, I preferred:


  1. Did you keep that bowl weight in the pot when you put the aluminum foil on?

    1. Yes. Have to be careful on placement so it stays in place. I am thinking about other weights that can be used.