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BBQ Brown Sugar Pork Belly

BBQ Brown Sugar Pork Belly

By Traeger Kitchen

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

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

3 Hours




This recipe serves:


Units of Measurement:
1 (3-4 lb) pork belly
4 Tablespoon brown sugar
4 Tablespoon kosher salt
For Serving (Optional)
Baked Beans
As Needed Potato Salad
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.

  • 2

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

  • 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 / 232 ˚C

  • 6

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

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 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 / 163 ˚C


  • 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!

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