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Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Pork Belly

Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Pork Belly ~ The Complete SavoristThis post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market at Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake City. I received  five free food products, sponsoring this post, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.

Two pounds of pork belly! It’s not as much as you might think.  Sure, I have managed to use it in both the crostini appetizer and this amazing meal, but two pounds of pork belly will feed roughly 4 hungry souls, 6 if they have lots of sides to chose from, and 8 if they are hen-pecking eaters.

When the butcher tossed the slab upon the scale at Whole Foods Market in Trolley Square, I thought I might be grabbing too much.  It looked massive.  I held this huge package of meat, and to be honest, I was giddy holding pork belly. This meat has been something I have never attempted at home, I have left to the professionals, much like seafood (which is another thing I need to overcome cooking at home.)

As these things go, I wasn’t able to make this dish as quickly as I wanted.  Illness struck my home, knocking both my daughter and me down for a week each.  We still have residual coughing (annoying as all be.) Plus my dear friend and her family couldn’t make it over, their schedules were just too busy.  I am uncertain if her hubby still considers me a friend since he didn’t actually get to try this dish and he loves all things pork belly. I was on them phone with the in Whole Foods trying to figure out what to pick up on my shopping spree.

I paired this fabulous hunk of meat with the Quinoa with Pomegranate and Brussels Sprouts and sprinkled crumbles of gorgonzola. When I was finally able to serve this, a friend who has never been a taste tester before sat at my table.  After the meal, he decided he was a groupie.  I laughed, but hey, I’ll take it!

Pork belly is incredibly easy to make.  I had nothing to be afraid of.  It demands a tiny bit of attention, but most foods do.  This isn’t an every night meat, the fat content is high, but for special occasions, this will always do.  Enjoy.Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Pork Belly ~ The Complete Savorist

Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Pork Belly

Author: Michelle
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Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork belly
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp . pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbsp . honey
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Score the top of the pork belly.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil.
  3. Place on a rack in a pan and cook for 30 minutes at 425 degrees.
  4. Remove from oven, lower heat to 325 degrees.
  5. Juice the pomegranate seeds by hand and mix with the honey, brush the top of the pork belly and return it to the oven. Cook an additional 25 minutes per pound (about 50-60 minutes), basting occasionally with more pomegranate/honey glaze.
  6. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Pork Belly ~ The Complete SavoristPomegranate-Honey Glazed Pork Belly ~ The Complete SavoristPomegranate-Honey Glazed Pork Belly ~ The Complete Savorist This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market at Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake City. I received  five free food products, sponsoring this post, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.

Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Pork Belly ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • KC the Kitchen Chopper
    December 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve had pork belly in restaurants but have never made it myself. It’s a cut of meat that’s really coming into it’s own. I love that you quinoa with it. That looks amazing as well. Happy New Year and thanks for all the deliciousness coming from your site!

    • Michelle
      December 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      It’s really simple, and you can roast one and make some amazing chopped recipes with it…

  • Lovefoodies
    January 1, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Oh boy! I am drooling here! This looks absolutely deliciously perfect! What a wonderful recipe!

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Mary! It really was so delicious. Enjoy.

  • Shauna Smart
    January 1, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Yum-my! My husband would be in heaven with a dish like this. I’m gonna have to try!

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

      I hope he (and you) enjoy it! Happy New year.

  • Cookin Canuck
    January 1, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Whoa! Now that looks absolutely amazing! That Trolley Square Whole Foods is one of my favorites (their Asian noodle bar is really good), but am so happy that one finally opened up near us in the south valley.

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I hope we get one north in Cache Valley! That Draper/Riverton store is quite popular from what I understand.

      • Liu zhijun
        December 6, 2015 at 9:33 am

        Dear Michelle
        It is amazing Pork Belly, I am Chef, My name is Liu zhijun, if I am following up this recipe, can work like that.
        Thanks you so much and looking forward to hearing from you
        Best regards
        Liu

        • Michelle De La Cerda
          December 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

          Following up, do you mean reheating it or making double portions?

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    January 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I lovelovelove pork belly! That pomegranate and honey glaze is such a nice addition. YUM!

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Thank you Taylor! I love it too (just in moderation). Happy New Year.

  • Susan@LunaCafe
    January 1, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Wow, this looks incredible. Love the glaze. Looking forward to exploring your blog, Michelle. 🙂

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Thank you Susan, and I will be meandering over to yours as well. Love the name.

  • Heather | girlichef
    January 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I haven’t had pork belly in years – and this has me totally yearning for it. It looks beyond delicious…that glaze!

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      The glaze really helped crisp up the skin too…it was really good. Thank you Heather.

  • Becca from It's Yummi!
    January 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Oh my gosh, Michelle… this looks crazy delicious!

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you Becca! It truly was crazy delicious.

  • Nettie Moore
    January 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    An absolutely stunning dish, I love that you paired it with Quinoa and Pomegranate, the flavors must be out of this world! Nettie

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you Nettie! It really was a perfect combo of flavors.

  • Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do
    January 1, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    This is so clever, and it looks great! My husband loves pork belly, but I’ve never attempted it at home. I just might have to try!

    • Michelle
      January 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      It is really easy to make at home.

  • Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
    January 2, 2015 at 5:09 am

    This looks so good! Now I know what to do with the Pomegranate that’s been sitting on my counter 🙂

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 5:34 am

      Oh, yes…use it up. They are so good.

  • Sarah
    January 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful! I’ve never cooked a chunk of pork belly, but this recipe is a great motivation to try it!

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Sarah! Its so yummy! But of course it is-it’s almost bacon.

  • Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    January 2, 2015 at 10:05 am

    While I don’t eat pork, I can truly appreciate the beauty and no doubt wonderful flavor of this dish. Your glaze is absolutely stunning!

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thank you Linda!

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life
    January 2, 2015 at 10:09 am

    What an absolutely fabulous dinner!!! I just bought some pomegranates too! Yum!

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Pomegranates are the best!!!

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
    January 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    What wonderful flavors in this dish! Love it!

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you, it really came together nicely.

  • Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too
    January 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    This looks amazing!!!

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Peter.

  • Becky
    January 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I have never attempted a pork belly, but it sounds very doable! I love the flavor combination with the sweetness of the glaze and saltiness of the pork.

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      It’s super easy to make Becky. I always have a fear the first time I attempt something, and it really was simple.

  • Mike Benayoun
    January 2, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I am Jewish and do not eat pork, but I did, I would definitely devour this 😉

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you! High praise from a non-pork eater.

  • Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    January 3, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Pork belly = heaven. Pure heaven. I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!!

    • Michelle
      January 3, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Thank you Jessica, and I agree, pork belly is pure heaven.

  • Debi @ Life Currents
    January 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    My husband would love this. It’s exactly the kind of meal I make for company. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Michelle
      January 3, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Hope you and he enjoy it.

  • Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    January 4, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve been on the hunt for pork belly ever since I seen this recipe! I’ve been told they will have it at Whole Foods on Tuesday, so I’ll be standing in line to get it, yum!!!

    • Michelle
      January 5, 2015 at 1:00 am

      Wow, that’s dedication on your part. I hope you absolutely love pork belly. Let me know when you finally get your hands on it.

  • Dan from Platter Talk
    January 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    This post defines mouthwatering! I love the combination of pomegranates and honey to finish off this succulent pork belly; very nicely done!

    • Michelle
      January 8, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you Dan, this dish is long gone, but I can say I still crave it and need to make it again.

  • Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    January 8, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    This is a delicious recipe, love all the flavors from the pomegranate and in the side of quinoa.

    • Michelle
      January 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you Joanne.

  • Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    January 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Pomegranates are such a great ingredient to use at this time of year. I love how you have included them in a more unconventional way. Delish!

    • Michelle
      January 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you Blair, I like to play with food as much as I love to eat it.

  • Evelyn @ My Turn for us
    January 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I am loving this combination of flavors!! Pomegranate and honey makes this cut of meat not only delish but just gorgeous! Well Done!!

    • Michelle
      January 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you Evelyn, the crust really was beautiful. Can food be beautiful?

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