Pork Cut Profile: Pork Belly

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Description:

Pork belly is a flavorful cut that is popular in Italian, French, Chinese and more and more in Southern cuisines. A hot commodity on the futures market, pork belly is very tasty but can also be fatty. It may be braised, turned into soft, rich shreds called rillettes, turned into confit or made into a terrine. It is the cut from which bacon and salt pork are prepared.

Meat Characteristics: Pork belly is a very fatty, tough, flavorful cut.

How much should I buy: A whole pork belly weighs about 18 pounds, a skinless pork belly weighs about 13 pounds.  Allow 4 to 8 ounces per person.

Common Flavor Combinations: Bay leaves, caraway, cilantro, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, garlic, leeks, paprika, sake, soy sauce, star anise.

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