Ok, everybody reading this edition of American Outdoor News is in for a real treat! Call it my Christmas present to the outdoor industry 2018. I normally save a few recipes that I really, really like just for the family but this one just has to be released to the public.
I have spent a lifetime hunting, fishing, killing and cooking my own proteins and there just isn’t a better way to celebrate a successful trip afield than eating a meal featuring your hard work and success right in the middle of the plate.
So all my pig hunting freaks out there that share my same passion of scanning fields at night time with night vision gear and super powered lights, keep this recipe handy! You will not want to miss out on your next kill. And everyone else, next time you see pork belly on the shelf at your local market you definitely need to grab it. You will be amazed how inexpensive it is and how great a meal it will make. I myself never go without a large piece already smoked in my freezer.
Ginger Smoked Pork Belly
Marinate the whole pork belly, about 5 to 8 pounds in this marinade for 48 hours. Turn it every 12 hours just to be sure it gets soaked in on all sides. Do not substitute anything in place of the Steen’s Cane syrup, order it online if you have to! Then thank me later.
After 48 hours, take out pork belly from marinade and pat dry. Now cover in a mixture of salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, paprika and garlic powder. Spray with pam spray and let sit until you get that smoker is ready.
Now, to get your wood chips ready for your smoker, soak them in this mixture-
Get the smoker going to a temp of 225 degrees and smoke the pork belly for about 5 1/2 to 6 hours, until the internal temp reaches at least 160 degrees, remove from smoker and let set for at least 30 minutes before you touch it. I like to cut mine in 1/2 inch thick slices and throw them in a skillet with a Smokey hot and sweet BBQ sauce or make pork belly and slaw po-boys on some killer French bread from Leidenheimer’s bakery in New Orleans!
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Chef Derek St. Romain