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Pork Belly Grilled Cheese w/Pic

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jarjarchef, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So, on a whim today I decided to make some breakfast for the little crew we have here today. I had some Texas Toast, Smoked Ale Braised Pork Belly and sliced cheddar cheese left from some past events. So there we have it. I was going to make Pork Belly Grilled Cheese for breakfast……..

    So a little bit about the pork belly; I seasoned it with a simple SPOG with chili powder and turbinado sugar, smoked it in a MES30 for 2.5hrs at 240. I removed it from the smoker and placed in a pan with diced onion, ketchup and beer. Covered and cooked for another 3hrs till tender at 290 degrees. Removed the pork belly and allowed to chill before dicing into ½” cubes. I strained the onions out of the sauce and allowed the drippings to chill to skim the fat off. To make the sauce; in a sauté pan I reheated the onions and added a bit of BBQ sauce and the skimmed drippings and some apple cider vinegar (some acid to cut the richness of the pork belly), brought to a boil and set aside. In another large sauté pan I reheated the belly till it released the fat and started to crisp up, drained the excess fat and added the sauce.

    The sandwich was buttered Texas toast with sliced cheddar cheese on both sides, spooned a bit of the sauced pork belly in the middle, closed the sandwich and placed a bit of weight on top to slightly press the sandwich till the cheese was fully melted.

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  2. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Fabulous! Sounds and looks amazing. I love braised pork belly, and smoking it then braising is the best of all worlds. Thanks for a great post!

    Happy Holidays!
  3. dougmays

    dougmays Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Oh my god that sounds like the most amazing breakfast ever! I haven't attempted to cook pork belly yet..
  4. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now we know why breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Good looking food.

  5. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thank you. Yes it works very well. The only draw back is you seem to lose some of the smoke flavor into the liquid. So using both helps keep that smoky flavor. But it is such a tender piece of meat when done.

    It was a very rich yummy breakfast. Don't be scared of the belly! Go for it!

    I am normally not a breakfast fan, however 1 of those every now and then would not suck! I make a citrus and arugula salad with some of our breakfast Chef Tables. I think that would be a good pairing. The acid would help cut the richness of the belly.
  6. Hello Chef.  Do you deliver?? [​IMG]   Great lookin breakfast!  Keep Smokin!

  7. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Danny I would be more then happy to deliver. Will just need to talk the delivery charge :biggrin:
  8. WOW! Your crew must adore being there! Cheers!!! - Leah
  9. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thank you. It is not often I get to cook for them, but they seem to enjoy it. I know I enjoy when they cook for the team....
  10. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I checked my mailbox earlier today and didn't see a sample in there for me to try. :biggrin:
  11. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    :dunno I sent it. Maybe the postman ate it or the security dogs tagged it as delicious........
  12. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Hmmm. Which should I beat first? :biggrin: