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Crispy Slow Roast Pork Belly with Gravy

There is nothing as fine as a piece of Slow Roast Pork Belly with crispy crackling paired with a roasting pan gravy it is comfort food heaven!

Whilst this recipe takes a while most of the time you can kick back and drink in the aroma of your dinner easing its way to perfection.

There is nothing as fine as a piece of slow roast pork belly with a crispy crackling, particularly when it has a sexy gravy too… So I guess this goes down as fine, real damn fine!

The Classic British Roast.

The French have been known to refer to the British as “Les Rosbifs” after our love of roast beef.

Whilst it is true, we are not all raised on roast beef, it is far too expensive, snigger!

We will roast any big old hunk of meat, anything from a whole duck to roast chicken.

Add a slathering of gravy and we are in heaven!

One of my favourites is Slow Roast Pork Belly, it has the perfect ratio of fat to meat.

Which when slow roast leads to just the juiciest pieces of meat and always seems to have the perfect crispy crackling!

I was raised on Sunday Lunch platters that were loaded with food.

I now prefer a much more moderate plate of food and usually serve this with braised red cabbage or roasted savoy cabbage and roast potatoes.

In a hushed voice, I will add that I usually use a slice of bread to mop up the gravy at the end of the meal. Is that just me?

But it would be equally good served alongside these baked pears with blue cheese!

If you want roast pork and don’t have as much tome then check out my roast pork fillet with apple puree or roast pork tenderloin with apricots.

There is nothing as fine as a piece of slow roast pork belly with a crispy crackling, particularly when it has a sexy gravy too… So I guess this goes down as fine, real damn fine!

How To Make A Roasting Pan Gravy.

The secret to a perfect roasting pan gravy is patience, nothing more nothing less!

Make sure you reduce your liquid and keep on reducing by 2/3 to 3/4 of the original volume. It does not matter whether you are using beer, wine, stock or water.

Then a load of butter to add richness and body.

When you do that there should be no need for cornstarch or flour to thicken your gravy.

It should take approximately 15-20 minutes. But a joint of roasted meat needs to rest for between 15 and 30 minutes so there is ample time.

Placing a roasting pan on your hob can cause problems if like me you cook on electricity.

I get around this by bringing the liquid I am using to make the gravy to a boil.

Then I pour it into the roasting tray and scrape off all the caramelised bits before returning to a pan for the reduction phase.

There is nothing as fine as a piece of slow roast pork belly with a crispy crackling, particularly when it has a sexy gravy too… So I guess this goes down as fine, real damn fine!

How To Get Perfect Crackling.

There is a whole host of old wives tails to getting the perfect crackling.

The key is driving off liquid. I usually rely on heat to achieve this either turning the heat to high at the start or end of the cooking process.

Both this Slow Roast Pork Belly recipe and my Chinese Pork Belly use the early heat method and my pork knuckle uses the late heat method.

Many will tell you to make sure your skin is dry. Well, I pour beer all over my pork knuckle before it cooks and that always has the most wonderful crackling.

I do like to score the fat on my pork belly as it makes it easier to serve. I have tested it both scored and unscored and both return perfect crackling.

But scored makes it easier to eat.

Salt does help drive off moisture but it also is responsible for flavour so do not skimp!

There is nothing as fine as piece of slow cooked roast pork belly with a crispy crackling, so I guess this goes down as real damn fine!
Yield: 4 Servings

Crispy Slow Roast Pork Belly Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

A hunk of slowly roasted pork belly served with a glorious pan gravy is my idea of food heaven!


  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) Pork Belly
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 Large Onion

For the 'Gravy'

  • 330 ml (1 1/3 Cup) Cider
  • 250 ml (1 Cup) Chicken Stock
  • 50 g (3 Tbsp + 1 Tsp) Butter
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Make sure your pork belly has been bought closer to room temperature before cooking.
  2. Preheat your oven to 220°C or 450°F.
  3. Score the skin of the pork in a crosshatch pattern with each cut around 1cm from the last.
  4. Cut the onion into slices around 1-1.5 cm thick, do not worry about removing the skin.
  5. When your oven is hot arrange the onion slices in a square roughly the same size as your pork and place the pork on top
  6. Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until the skin begins to blister, you may need to turn the pork occasionally if your oven has hot spots.
  7. When the skin is beginning to blister and crackle turn down the heat to 150°C or 300°F and allow to cook for another 2 hours.
  8. If you want roast potatoes add them when you reduce the oven temperature.
  9. When the pork is done remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  10. If you have roast potatoes in the oven turn the temperature up to 200°C or 400°F to crisp them up whilst you rest the meat.
  11. Now is the perfect time to make the gravy, pour off all but a scant covering of fat from the roasting pan and place over a high heat.
  12. Pour in the cider scraping the pan as you go to deglaze
  13. Then pour in the chicken stock and reduce my two thirds to three quarters.
  14. When reduced pass through a fine-mesh sieve.
  15. Melt in the butter whilst whisking and taste for seasoning adding salt and pepper as required.


I usually parboil floury potatoes for 10 minutes for roasters, then toss them around to rough them up before I put them in the roasting tin.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 898Total Fat: 65gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 1066mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 60g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Monday 31st of January 2022

It’s the first time my crackling worked! The meat was tender, but I forgot the apple sauce! I will use this recipe again

Brian Jones

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Oh no how terrible, you will have to make it again lol. So glad you enjoyed it, I love me a bit of pork belly :)


Saturday 19th of May 2018

Where would you get pork belly in GA USA? Never seen it at the grocery store or butcher. :(

Jeanette S Petersen

Sunday 25th of July 2021

@Nicole, I know it's been years since you asked this question, but in case you still haven't made this and want to, try visiting an Asian food market. They will for sure have pork belly. Costco's pork belly comes with no skin, so no cracklings, and that's half the dish, so who wants that.


Sunday 22nd of July 2018

Costco carries it, I usually get mine directly from the farm.

Brian Jones

Sunday 20th of May 2018

I'm afraid I really can't help you out with that one... I'm based in Eastern Hungary and am Britsh by birth so my knowledge of the best places to score pork belly in Georgia is, well, non-existent. Maybe try asking in a local cooking forum?

Brian Jones

Sunday 19th of March 2017

Thanks Shashi.


Friday 17th of March 2017

now that looks like a serious piece of meat! I think your mother-in-law will be very impressed.

Brian Jones

Sunday 19th of March 2017

Thank you :D

Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Friday 17th of March 2017

I love that feeling at the beginning of gardening season. I usually over do it so much that I end up not being able to walk I am so sore.

Brian Jones

Sunday 19th of March 2017

I will most definitely be joining you in that, the next four weeks will definitely be sponsored aching bones ;)

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