Roasted Pork Belly Crackling

Cooking Pork Belly in the Oven: Oven-Roasted Pork Belly in the Hungarian Style

My Hungarian pork belly recipe in the oven is possibly the most delicious slow-roasted pork belly recipe you’ve ever cooked at home!

➡️ Are you looking for easy roast pork belly recipes in 2023? On this website, you’ll discover how to cook oven-roasted pork belly with crackling in 8 steps. In many countries, pork belly is considered an inferior pork cut because it contains more fat and some believe that this is harmful to the body. This is only true if you eat EXCESSIVE fat, otherwise, our body really needs it to produce certain essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized naturally without animal fat.

➡️ In ancient times, people knew what was really good for us, which is why I am a big fan of traditional recipes also when it comes to roasted pork belly. My easy crackling pork belly recipe helps you cook roasted pork belly in the oven with simple and tasty ingredients.

➡️ Cooking a tender and juicy pork belly roast in the oven is very simple if you follow a few basic principles explained below and allocate enough time to prepare the food. Read on and learn below how to make a crispy pork belly with the skin from scratch using a tasty and easy roasted pork belly recipe in the oven!

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How to Cook Slow-Roasted Pork Belly in the Oven from Scratch

What ingredients do you need to make roasted pork belly?

Raw Pork Belly

1) 4 kg/14 oz of pork belly with skin
2) 100 g/3.5 oz of onions, finely chopped
3) 50 g/2 oz of garlic, finely chopped
4) 50 ml/2 fl oz of vegetable oil
5) salt and ground black pepper to taste
6) 1 tsp of dried marjoram or oregano
7) 1 tsp of dried thyme
8) 1 tsp of cumin powder
9) 2 tsp of sweet, spicy, or smoked paprika, of your choice
10) 3 tsp of red wine vinegar
11) 500 ml/20 fl oz of water or red wine

How to cook pork belly from scratch?

Roasted Pork Belly Crackling

1) peel off and chop onions and garlic, then place them into a bowl and add vegetable oil, salt, black pepper, marjoram, thyme, cumin, paprika, and vinegar
2) stir ingredients in the bowl until smooth
3) make some cuts on the skin on your desire (optional), then coat the pork belly with the previously prepared marinade all over
4) cover the meat with foil and place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to absorb better the flavors
5) take the meat out from the fridge, place it into a tray with the skin up, and pour about 500 ml/20 fl oz of water inside (you might use red wine as well)
6) place the tray in the oven at about 150 C/300 C for about 45-60 minutes or until the meat is soft
7) turn the heat in the oven to 200 C/390 F and roast the pork belly until the skin is crispy and golden, add more water if necessary (60-90 minutes)
8) turn the oven off and wait about 15-30 minutes before serving the roasted pork belly with crackling

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Final Notes for the Oven-Roasted Pork Belly Recipe with Crackling

➡️ Pork belly is one of the juiciest pork cuts, but despite this fact, it’s pretty much less used in many countries to prepare pork recipes. However, I love pork belly especially when it’s roasted in the oven with the skin on, so I have several recipes featuring this pork cut.

➡️ On this webpage, I share a slow-roasted pork belly recipe in the Hungarian style. Paprika is one of the characteristic Hungarian spices, so I include it in the marinade. Mostly, I use smoked paprika because I like the final flavor of roasted pork with a smoked taste. Needless to say, you can use mild or spicy paprika or even a combination of them to customize your marinade.

➡️ Another combination that I love is the mixture of marjoram, thyme, and cumin. They fit all excellently with roasted pork belly, so I recommend you to use them when you cook pork belly or another fat pork cut.

➡️ A very important tip is to allow enough time for the marinade to penetrate the meat and enjoy a rich taste. If you have time, you might store the marinated belly in the fridge overnight.

➡️ Another thing that I strongly recommend is to cut the skin. I make this both to enter better flavors into the meat and make a way to soften and fry easier the meat more because the skin is pretty thick and impermeable. Even if it might look pretty difficult, making notches in the skin is not so hard, especially if you are using a very sharp knife.

➡️ Finally, the crucial tip for this roast pork recipe is to cook the meat at low temperatures because you need to soften it prior to frying it. You might even flip the pork belly once or twice to soften it evenly, but in the end, keep the roast with the skip up to enjoy the crispy skin. Although I don’t recommend this to keep the roasted pork belly as tender as possible, if you want to remove the skin completely, you can do it easily (see below).

➡️ Needless to mention, adding red wine to the tray instead of water takes the recipe to the next level, but this depends completely on you.

➡️ Enjoy cooking oven-roasted pork belly crackling from scratch! For additional info, read more on pork belly!

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