Belly Basics

Pork belly comes from a hog’s ‘belly’ or underside after the loin and spareribs have been removed. This boneless cut may be served fresh, which means it is not cured or smoked.

Fresh belly is succulent and richly flavorful and is often served in small portions. Pork belly is at its best and is most tender when prepared using a slow cooking method, such as braising. Pork belly also is a popular menu item among restaurant chefs who appreciate its versatility, flavor and texture.

Meat Counter Tips

Go to your local butcher or retailer and order fresh, skin-on, center-cut pork belly—the leaner the better.

Pork belly skin is very tough so you’ll need a very sharp knife. You can also ask your butcher to score it for you.

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