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Roasted/ Lechon Pork Belly Recipe

Ingredients
  

  • 5 kg pork belly slab skin on
  • 3 whole garlic bulbs peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup oregano leaves washed then chopped
  • 3 red onions peeled and chopped around 4 – 5 lemongrass stalks, sliced the zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • a little over 1/8 cup salt plus more for an even rub around the pork
  • 4 tablespoons crushed black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the aromatics in a bowl and mix well.
  • Lightly mash everything together with the back of a spoon.
  • Alternatively, use a food processor to bring everything together with only around 2-3 pulses.With the skin side down, rub the mixture all over the meat.
  • Roll the slab, carefully invert the meat and secure it with butcher’s twine.
  • It’s okay if there are a few pieces of herbs that fall off, you can place it back later.
  • Rub coarse salt all over the meat, including the skin.
  • With a paring knife or fork, poke the skin of the meat. This will ensure a nice crackling.
  • Transfer it to a roasting fitted with a rack and the bottom lined with foil.
  • Place it in the refrigerator to chill overnight. This will dry the skin, which helps the crackling form.
  • Preheat the oven to 160 C. Just to be sure, pat the skin of the pork dry with a paper towel. Roast the pork for 5 hours.
  • Afterwards, increase the temperature to 220 C, and allow the pork’s crackling to form. This will take another 30 minutes to an hour.
  • When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before slicing. Enjoy!