Pork Belly Roast

Pork Belly Roast

14 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 3 hours

Awesome slow cook pork Recipe by Jamie Oliver

"This was really good. My oven isn't the best and probably doesn't reach 425 degrees, but it turned out great anyway. Definitely not health food!!!"


3.3 pounds pork belly
1 sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 red onions; halved
2 carrots; peeled and halved lengthways
2 celery; chopped in half
1 bulb garlic; skin on, broken into cloves
1 small bunch fresh thyme; leaves picked
600 milliliters water or stock

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



The lovely thick layer of fat on this particular cut keeps the meat really moist as it roasts, and also gives you an incredible even layer of delicious crackling. Belly is a very underrated cut in the UK, but it is becoming a favourite on gastropub menus, and rightly so. If you’re worried about scoring the crackling yourself, ask your butcher to do it

for you, that’s what he’s there for.

Preheat your oven to full whack, it needs to be at least 220°C/425°F/gas 7.

Place your pork on a clean work surface, skin-side upwards. Get yourself a small

sharp knife and make scores about a centimetre apart through the skin into the fat, but not so deep that you cut into the meat. Rub salt right into all the scores you’ve just made, pulling the skin apart a little if you have to. Brush any excess salt off the surface of the skin and turn it over. Season the underside of the meat with a little more salt and a little black pepper. Place your pork, skin side-up, in a roasting tray big enough to hold the pork and the vegetables, and place in the hot oven. Roast for about half an hour until the skin of the pork has started to puff up and you can see it turning into crackling. Turn the heat down to 180°C/350°F/gas 4 and roast for another hour.

Take out of the oven and baste with the fat in the bottom of the tray. Carefully lift the pork up and transfer to a chopping board. Add all the veg, garlic and thyme to the tray and stir them into the fat. Place the pork on top of everything and pop the tray back in the oven. Roast for another hour. By this time the meat should be meltingly soft and tender. Carefully move the meat to a serving dish, cover with tin foil and leave to rest while you make your gravy.

Spoon away any fat in the tray, then add the water or stock and place the tray on

the hob. Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to scrape up all those lovely sticky tasty bits on the bottom of the tray. When you’ve got a nice, dark gravy, pour it through a sieve into a bowl or gravy boat, using your spoon to really push all the goodness of the veg through the sieve. Add a little more salt and pepper if it needs it. Serve the pork with the crackling, gravy, some creamy mashed potato, nice fresh greens and a dollop of English mustard.

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This was amazing. My first attempt at Pork Belly and it was a big success.
katrinabullard 3y ago

Not a fan of leaving the veggies in the gravy, but superb result for the pork belly.
Zambuck 3y ago

Haha!! U got called an idiot! U mad bro?
Georgeous 3y ago

We loved this recipe, it came out beautifully.
Beesbehive 3y ago

Easy to do, gravy is amazing although to get a nice thick gravy I have had to add flour and make like a standard gravy
Laramollysmum 4y ago

This is really yummy even though mine turned out a bit dry. The aroma filled the house while it was cooking!
yowsoofong 5y ago

Fab recipe went perfect with collycheese roast carrots and parsnips
L0ur3n 5y ago

There are many pork belly recepies But this is one of the better ones. I may have over cooked it but still great! Many thanks
Gazzaskitchen 5y ago

The recipe turned out great! Family and friend loved it...
mnguyen52 5y ago

This was really good. My oven isn't the best and probably doesn't reach 425 degrees, but it turned out great anyway. Definitely not health food!!!
thetitan99 6y ago

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