Seasoning the barbecue Belly Pork

Photographs and recipe were kindly sent to us by Stephen Richardson, a regular customer of Intwood Butchery. Whilst for most of us BBQ season ends with Summer, Stephen is an all-year-round avid outdoor cook, whatever the weather!

Thank you Stephen, it looks absolutely delicious.

Whilst we sell 1kg Belly Pork joints online if you want a joint this size please pop into the Butchery Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 to 16.00 or give us a call on 01603 987037


Belly Pork Prepare the pork belly making sure the rind is dry by patting it with a clean tea towel

Apply fine salt to the Belly Pork

Apply fine salt to the rind and rub in well
Belly Pork in fridge Place in the fridge uncovered overnight to encourage any moisture to be drawn out
Belly Pork on the BBQ domed using lemons The following day, allow the pork to reach room temperature and place on a rack within a large roasting tray. It’s important to make sure the meat takes a “domed” shape in order to get the crackling crispy. This can be achieved by placing halves of lemon underneath the centre.
Prepared Belly Pork awaiting the barbecue The meat is now ready for the BBQ
Weber Kettle BBQ I tend to cook pork belly on a Weber Kettle BBQ with the briquettes placed to either side for an indirect heat.
Basting the BBQ Belly Pork The meat should be cooked for about 2 hours with the lid on, but the top and bottom vents open. About half way through cooking you can baste the crackling with it’s own fat using a brush.
Add some chopped sage and thyme to flavour the crackling Add some chopped sage and thyme to flavour the crackling and more sea salt and black pepper.
BBQ Belly Pork When cooked, carve the crackling off, then carve the main meat off the underlying ribs into portions or sections. Then separate the individual ribs for serving and eating with your fingers, making a delicious meal with only a pile of bones left at the end!


Click here for a printable PDF of the recipe

Preparation Time: 1440 mins
Cooking Time: 120 mins
Oven Temperature: BBQ!


  • Pork Belly
  • Fine salt
  • Sea Salt
  • Lemon(s)
  • Chopped Sage and Thyme
  • Black Pepper

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