Pork Belly is one of the tastiest and diverse proteins you can make. I love to make burnt ends, bacon or just some smoked pork belly that we eat as a snack. Here, I decided to have some fun by doing the same smoking process but then I decided to fry it for a little extra tasty experience. It was a huge success! Okay, let’s jump into the recipe!
Smoked and Fried Korean Pork Belly
- 1 (6-8 pound) slab of pork belly skinless
- Use your favorite pork seasoning
- 1 pound Bacon
- 1-2 cups corn starch
- Canola cooking oil
- Toasted sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp Fresh parsley chopped
- 1 cup Gochujang
- ½ cup Honey
- 1 tsp Rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Garlic powder
- 2 tbsp Chili powder
- ½ cup Water (you can do 1/4 cup at a time, make sure its to your personal constancy you like)
- Start off by cutting your pork belly into 1-2” cubes. Make sure they are fresh out of the fridge, it makes it easier to cut while the meat is cold.
- Once they are all cut into cubes, place them in a large bowl and season generously with your favorite pork rub. From here, set up your station for wrapping them in bacon.
- While your bacon is in its package, slice a 1/4 of it off. You want the bacon to wrap and fit the pork belly cubes evenly. Once you wrap it with bacon, use a toothpick to keep it in place. Repeat this process until they are all done.
- Set your smoker up at 250 degrees with applewood for smoking.
- Once the temp hits, add the pork belly. I like to use a wire rack to place them on. It makes it easier to place on the smoker and to remove when finished. Be sure to add a drip pan under the pork belly.
- While they are smoking, make your Korean sauce. In a medium-sized sauce, bowl, add the ingredients (Gochujang, honey, soy, rice wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, water and chili powder) and whisk until it all has come together in a smooth sauce form.
- When your pork belly reaches an internal temp of 150 degrees, remove them from the smoker.
- Have some canola oil waiting for frying at 325-350 degrees. Now toss each pork belly cube in corn starch and then fry them in batches of 2-3 for 2 mins, or to the crispiness you desire.
- Once fried, place on a wire rack to let the oil drip and then add to a large sauce bowl. Add the Korean sauce and toss.
- Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and parsley.
- Serve and enjoy with family and friends!
Did you enjoy this smoked and fried pork belly? You’ll love my other pork recipes in the link below!
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