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Pork Belly Plait (Braid)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mneeley490, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hadn't seen this here before, but I found the technique on YouTube. Scott Rea "invented" it.
    I saw that a few others had tried it, and decided to give it a shot.
    I took a 5.25 lb slab of skinned belly, and cut into 3 pieces. Those 3 were then each cut into 3 "braids".


    This one, which will be the Honey Mustard plait, got some Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning. Kind of a kitchen sink seasoning, it's got a little bit of everything.
    The rest got some SPG. Braid, and then tie the open end closed with kitchen twine.

    I'm making 3 different kinds here. Honey mustard, Char siu, and a basic BBQ with Jeff's rub. I didn't really have enough time to make up a batch of my own char siu, so I used Nor brand. They were all marinated overnight.

    And now onto a 350° grill for an hour or so, with a little sugar maple for smoke.

    Before and after basting:

    Just a few minutes left to go..
  2. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome !!
  3. 73saint

    73saint Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Wow, looks awesome! I’ve never seen anything like that before.
  4. illini40

    illini40 Meat Mopper

    Those look great! I've never seen this before either.

    So it is just pork belly? What temp do you cook them to?
  5. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Man do those look tasty, nice flavors.

    I've done the braid with pork loin and it came out nice.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2018
  6. pc farmer

    pc farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    This is new to me. Waiting for more pics.
  7. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I cooked them to a temp of 155° or so, and let them rest.
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  8. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sorry, waiting for more pics to upload from my phone to my computer. Sometimes it takes a while.
  9. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That last pic has me salivating... Like!
  10. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Definitely in and waiting.
  11. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Oh man I just sampled the stuff I finished and I'm like 'We can fit more in, trust us!' This looks amazing!
  12. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Smoking Fanatic

    Damn that looks amazing I bet it was f-ing delicious!
  13. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit

    Holy Mother of Swine! If Jesus wasn't a Jew,this would have been served at The Last Supper.
    SmokinVOLfan likes this.
  14. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ok, here's the rest. All were very tender and juicy. If I had anything to do over, I might leave it in a bit longer to try to render a little more of the fat. Other than that, great!


    This was the Char Siu
    Honey Mustard
    And BBQ.

    In decending order, I liked the Honey Mustard best. I used Dijon mustard, and it had a great flavor.
    The BBQ was a close 2nd. I glazed with my own bbq sauce.
    The Char Sui was a bit unfair. It suffered from not being my own recipe, and also a lack of marinating time. I like it to go 3-4 days before I put it on the grill.

    Definitely check this out on YouTube for a better tutorial.
  15. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru

    That's definitely new to me, and looks wonderful.

    Point for sure.

  16. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Never seen anything like that!
    But I'm sure there will be a lot of guys trying this out.
    Very cool!!
    I'm sure this one will end up on the carousel, congrats!!
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018
  17. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow ! Looks great .
  18. DJ- Wade

    DJ- Wade Newbie

    Wow I can't wait to try that. I used to work at Salt Lick Bar B Que down in Tx 25 yrs ago that would definitely be a hit if we would have known about this.
  19. Pretty cool.
  20. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Wow!!! That looks awesome!!! Glad you posted that, It is something I would like to try... Point. Great looking and I bet tasting, Congrats on the carousel ride.