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BBQ Brown Sugar Pork Belly




This juicy, melt-in-your-mouth, slow-cooked pork belly is what bacon dreams are made of.


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  • 1 (3-4 lb) pork belly

  • 4 Tablespoon Brown sugar

  • 4 Tablespoon Kosher salt

For Serving (Optional)

  • Baked Beans

  • Potato Salad

  • Coleslaw

  • Sliced white bread

  • Barbecue sauce

  • 1

    The night before you plan to cook, pat the pork belly dry with paper towels. Score the fat with a very sharp knife in a diamond pattern, making sure not to cut into the meat.

    • 1 (3-4 lb) pork belly

  • 2

    In a small bowl, combine the salt and brown sugar.

    • 4 Tablespoon Brown sugar

    • 4 Tablespoon Kosher salt

  • 3

    Set a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Rub the salt and sugar mixture all over the pork belly. Place on the rack, refrigerate uncovered overnight.
  • 4

    30 minutes before cooking, remove the pork belly from the refrigerator. Rinse under cold water and pat very dry with paper towels.
  • 5

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 450℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    450 ˚F

  • 6

    Place the pork belly directly on the grill grates, fat side up. Close the lid and cook for 30 minutes.
  • 7

    After 30 minutes, reduce the grill temperature to 325℉ and continue cooking until the pork is tender and the fat is crisp, about 3 hours more.

    325 ˚F

  • 8

    Remove the pork belly from the grill and let rest for 30 minutes before slicing.
  • 9

    Serve with baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, white bread, barbecue sauce, or your favorite BBQ sides. Enjoy!

    • Baked Beans

    • As Needed Potato Salad

    • Coleslaw

    • Sliced white bread

    • Barbecue sauce

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