Belly is such a tricky thing to find sometimes! A new shop rite had opened up nearby with belly a stocking item, but when i was ready to get a whole one i was told they no longer stocked it. So months go by and i got used to the idea belly was now unobtainable again. Yeah i know i could go way out of my way to get some and pay exhorbatant prices at the same time, but it's not worth it when i have too many other food hobbies.
So then comes grocery day and i'm wandering down the meat aisle looking for the weeks meals and i spy something from the corner of my eye. Yup! that my friends was pieces of real pork belly glimmering like a star on the shelf. So i promptly grabbed a pack, for visual reference and ran (yeah i really ran!) to the meat counter and asked for a whole belly. Within minutes i had a nicely trimmed 9lb, skin on slab of honest to god pork belly and at an acceptable price of 2.99 a pound too.
Tossed each one into a ziplock and they're now curing for 10 days when i will cold smoke in my MES and try to hide a little of it from prying eyes and drooling mouths that appear out of the thin smoke escaping from the smoker!