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6 Ingredient Bourbon Braised Black Bean Pork Belly · i am a food blog i am a food blog

Black bean chicken, pork, or beef is a Chinese takeout (and eat-in) classic. It comes together pretty fast but slicing the meat to the thinness you need to properly stir fry is a pain. Here we switch up the classic stir fry for a more chill-friendly slow but not-too-slow braise. You can have dinner on the table in less than an hour with little to no effort. The pork belly can be cut however you like, larger pieces means longer braise times, smaller pieces mean more cutting.

Why does this recipe work?
Shaoxing wine is one of the signature ingredients of Chinese food, and if you have it, you should use it here. But if you don’t, buying it is an investment both in space and money – most recipes call for a tablespoon or less. It would take you literally years to get rid of it. Here we switch it out for a less authentic but no less tasty bourbon.

What do you need?
A knife and a pot with a lid.

Any Special Ingredients?
Black bean sauce and oyster sauce can both be found in the international/asian aisle of any decent grocery store, or on Amazon by clicking those links. If you have some left over, you can make this black bean chow mein, claypot chicken rice, or the best noodles ever.

Cornstarch is an optional ingredient that serves only to get that saucy texture you know from good Chinese food. Cornstarch can usually be found in the bulk section, so you can just get the two-ish tablespoons you need, but if you buy the nice package, you can make all these recipes with cornstarch.

How do you serve it?
With rice or noodles, of course. Optionally add in some onions and bell peppers to make a more complete meal. If you’re feeling adventurous, try it with this awesome ginger fried rice. Pork and ginger are a match made in heaven.

Happy Year of the Pig!

Bourbon Braised Black Bean Pork Belly
Serves 2

  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp bourbon (sub with sake, mirin, or shaoxing wine if needed)
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (optional)
  • 1 lb pork belly

1. Cube your pork belly to your liking (I did 1″ cubes).
6 Ingredient Bourbon Braised Black Bean Pork Belly | www.iamafoodblog.com

2. Combine remaining ingredients into a marinade and mix with pork belly. Marinate for 15 minutes.
6 Ingredient Bourbon Braised Black Bean Pork Belly | www.iamafoodblog.com

3. Add a little oil to a pot over medium high heat. Remove the pork belly from the marinade. Lightly sear the pork belly.
6 Ingredient Bourbon Braised Black Bean Pork Belly | www.iamafoodblog.com

4. Add the marinade to the pan and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Once done, check for texture and seasoning, then serve.
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Pork Belly and Kale Fried Noodles · i am a food blog i am a food blog

Happy year of the pig! Are you guys celebrating? We’ve been eating like crazy, especially all the lucky foods. I whipped up these quick pork belly and kale noodles so that we’ll be super lucky with long life. LOL.

Anyway, this is a quickie because I gotta get back to celebrating. We might even hit up the casino later with my parents – yup, it’s lucky to gamble on Lunar New Year. Something something about being more and more lucky in the new year. Who knows?! I do know that eating these noodles makes me feel pretty darn lucky though 😉

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Pork Belly and Kale Fried Noodles
serves 2-4

Pork Belly

  • 1/4 pound pork belly, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon shaoxing
  • 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 12 ounces thick cut noodles
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 stalks kale, stripped and roughly chopped

In a bowl, mix the pork belly with the corn starch, shaoxing, light soy sauce, and sugar.

In a separate bowl, mix together the chicken stock, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, dark soy, and sesame oil. Set aside.

Cook the noodles according to the package and drain.

Heat up a wok or sauté pan over medium high heat then add the oil. When hot and shimmery, add the pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and crispy. Add the kale and cook until wilted. Add the noodles and sauce and toss everything together until the noodles are coated. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Enjoy hot!

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Pork Belly Porchetta | Spoon Fork Bacon


Hi! We are reposting this yummy recipe for Pork Belly Porchetta because it’s a favorite and a little unique. During the holidays everyone is entertaining, and one thing we LOVE about porchetta is that you make delicious sandwiches with them. Grab some ciabatta, make a simple aoili and a gremolata and you have some really impressive and delicious sandwiches that make for a really fun and different dinner party. This recipe is just one to bookmark for all those times you are having people over and don’t know what to make. See alllllll the details below:)
♥ Teri

This recipe was originally posted on March 19th, 2016
Hey guys! Easter is just about a week away and we’re getting our menu together now. I spend Easter with my in-laws-to-be every year and each year they host a pretty amazing brunch, followed by a pretty epic Easter egg hunt (where I’m the youngest contestant, at 31 years old….and I LIVE for it! lol). Anyway, every year we have a baked ham, as the main entree, which is classic and great, but this year I really want to change things up! We’re still sticking with pork, but this year we have this gorgeous pork belly porchetta!

Porchetta is a very moist, boneless pork roast that’s stuffed with aromatics and rolled where the meat and fat are layered and cooked together, flavoring itself as it roasts. Classically this dish has been made with an entirely de-boned pig, but people tend to make it with the pork should these days because it’s much easier to handle but still has a good fat to meat ratio. Today we’ve made ours with pork belly, because it’s SUCH a great cut for something like this!

A few important things to remember:
– It’s very important to get skin-on (rind-on) pork belly, to get that crispy, crunchy crust. If you’re having a hard time finding it, you can ask your local butcher to order you some, which they can easily do. You can also visit your local Asian market and they should have skin-on pork belly readily available; the only thing to note is that if you go the standard Asian market route, the meat may not have been humanely butchered/handled, so that might be something to consider.

-Many recipes will tell you to cut the skin off the portion of the roast that will get rolled into the meat. They recommend this, because that part of the skin will not be able to crisp up and may turn thick and chewy. In my experience, that portion of the skin/rind is cooked down so much that the texture gets soft enough that I’ve never had an issue with the “toughness” and it ends up getting to be almost gelatinous. I think trying to cut the skin off is way more of a challenge, even with a very sharp knife, so we have left the skin intact for our recipe…but either way, the choice is yours!

-Allowing the rolled roast to sit in the fridge isn’t completely necessary, but I like doing that to allow more moisture to get drawn out of the skin, resulting in the crispiest crust. The salt and baking powder mixture will help to draw moisture out of the skin anyway, so refrigerating the roast is just sort of a “crispy crust insurance policy”

-The spice rub mixture is totally open ended based on your flavor preferences. Garlic, rosemary and fennel seeds are pretty classic, but you can mix it up! I really love the pairing of ginger and pork, so I’ve added some ground ginger to my mixture. I like the dry ginger in this case because it’s way more subtle and I think the fresh ginger flavor would “fight” to much against the bold flavors of the rosemary and fennel.

-Tightly rolling the roast is very important here. You can have someone help you roll it up to make it easier. You can also roll the roast, tie it, cut it in half, and freeze half of it for several months, if the full belly is too big. I recommend this over getting a smaller cut because the large piece of meat is easier to handle overall and the next time you want to make it, all you have to do is thaw, pat dry and roast.

Although seemingly difficult, this is really an easy dish to prepare. You just need a little bit of arm muscle and patience. This dish makes really great thinly sliced sandwiches, or you can serve them up in “steaks” alongside a variety of side dishes. Some of our favorites to pair with this porchetta are: cauliflower, parsnip and roasted garlic mash, lightly roasted green beans, grilled radicchio, roasted radishes, and balsamic grilled baby carrots. Enjoy!! xx, Jenny




Pork Belly Porchetta

Makes 1 (~12 lbs.)

spice rub:
3 tablespoons minced rosemary
1 1/2 tablespoons minced sage
1 tablespoon minced thyme
1 tablespoon diced and rendered pancetta
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons crushed fennel seeds
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 whole pork belly (skin-on), about 12 lbs.
1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder


1. Place all spice rub ingredients into a small mixing bowl and toss together until well combined.
2. Place the pork belly on a clean surface, skin-side up and score the entire surface with a sharp knife, making sure not to cut into the meat. Pat both sides dry with a paper towel and set the pork belly, skin-side down.
3. Sprinkle the spice rub onto the pork belly and generously rub onto the entire surface of the meat.
4. Very tightly roll the belly into a log, making sure no gaps remain on the inside and tie roast with butchers twine, making ties 1 inch apart (you can use bamboo skewers to help hold the rolled belly together, while tying up with twine).
5. Place rolled roast into a roasting dish and refrigerate, uncovered, for about 6 hours.
6. Preheat oven to 325˚F.
7. In a small mixing bowl, combine sea salt and baking powder.
8. Pat porchetta dry with a paper towel and generously rub with salt and baking powder mixture.
9. Roast porchetta for about 1 hour and 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160˚F, basting every 30 minutes. Then continue to roast for an additional 1hr 30 minutes or until the meat, passed the skin, is soft and tender.
10. Increase oven temperature to 450˚F and roast for about 20 minutes, to get the skin extra crispy.
11. Remove from the oven and allow porchetta to rest for about 15 minutes. Thinly slice with a serrated knife and serve.

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