Roasted/ Lechon Pork Belly Recipe
Lechon is one of the most favorite Filipino dishes that comes staple on different occasions. No wonder that there are even several places in the Philippines that have their own version or style of our all-time favorite Lechon. It is common to serve this dish during fiesta, wedding, birthdays, holidays and many more. Celebrations is also connected to lechon. However, you don’t have to wait for those occasions just to have this palatable lechon on your plate. Using this roasted or lechon pork belly, you can easily prepare lechon in your home without using the whole pig. Enjoy this dish especially the crispy skin that is made flavorful using garlic, oregano, onions, lemon, salt and black pepper. Try it now!
- 1.5 kg pork belly slab, skin on
- 3 whole garlic bulbs, peeled and roughly chopped
- ½ cup oregano leaves, washed then chopped
- 3 red onions, peeled and chopped around 4 – 5 lemongrass stalks, sliced the zest from 1 lemon
- juice from 1 lemon
- a little over 1/8 cup salt, plus more for an even rub around the pork
- 4 tablespoons crushed black pepper
How To Cook Roasted/ Lechon Pork Belly Recipe:
- Combine all the aromatics in a bowl and mix well.
- Lightly mash everything together with the back of a spoon.
- Alternatively, use a food processor to bring everything together with only around 2-3 pulses.With the skin side down, rub the mixture all over the meat.
- Roll the slab, carefully invert the meat and secure it with butcher’s twine.
- It’s okay if there are a few pieces of herbs that fall off, you can place it back later.
- Rub coarse salt all over the meat, including the skin.
- With a paring knife or fork, poke the skin of the meat. This will ensure a nice crackling.
- Transfer it to a roasting fitted with a rack and the bottom lined with foil.
- Place it in the refrigerator to chill overnight. This will dry the skin, which helps the crackling form.
- Preheat the oven to 160 C. Just to be sure, pat the skin of the pork dry with a paper towel. Roast the pork for 5 hours.
- Afterwards, increase the temperature to 220 C, and allow the pork’s crackling to form. This will take another 30 minutes to an hour.
- When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before slicing. Enjoy!
Source : The Hungry Giant