25+ BEST Pork Belly Recipes (Easy + Delicious!)

Who doesn’t love pork belly? Here’s 25+ easy pork belly recipes to try at home! Just imagine the sweet and savory aroma, the tenderness of the meat and all the deliciousness it can bring to your kitchen table.

Pork Belly may just take the “better than bacon” prize! And once you take a bite of this melt-in-your-mouth meat, you’ll understand why.

With the right ingredients and techniques, you can slow-cook, sweeten, and roast pork belly dishes that will tantalize your taste buds and make your mouth water.

In this post, you’ll learn not just how to make these pork belly recipes but why you should include them in your regular dish rotation.

PS – Be sure to check out these 35+ easy sides for pork belly and 10+ sauces for pork belly too!

Easy Pork Belly Recipes

Overhead close up of three smoked pork belly slices with grill marks.
Smoked Pork Belly Strips are the only thing better than bacon! Seasoned with an easy dry rub, the pork is cooked low and slow until it’s tender, juicy, and melts in your mouth. It’s a smoky and deeply flavored cut of meat that must make an appearance at your next barbecue.
Smoked Pork Belly Strips
Pieces of pork belly in air fryer basket.
Air Fryer Pork Belly is absolutely irresistible! Seasoned with an easy dry rub, these pork belly bites are air fried until they’re crispy, tender + juicy.
Air Fryer Pork Belly
Chairman Mao’s Red Braised Pork Belly is a famous Chinese dish with many slight variations. This recipe involves caramelized sugar, spices, and soy sauce, to create an incredibly flavorful pork belly that you’ll want to make again and again.
Get the RECIPE from The Woks of Life
This is a recipe for Pork Belly that’s slow roasted to make the flesh ultra tender & juicy, with impossibly perfect, crazy crispy crackling!
Get the RECIPE from Recipe Tin Eats
These roast pork belly slices are drizzled with a really simple honey garlic sauce that gets made in about 5 minutes.
Get the RECIPE from Savvy Bites
These Korean pork belly kimchi bowls are made with only 8 ingredients and take 10 minutes to pull together. Though the pork belly kimchi bowls recipe is easy, the flavor is next level.
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Fried pork belly is the ultimate meat candy, especially when you serve it on soft buns with spicy sauce for Asian sliders!
Get the RECIPE from Silk Road Recipes
This Easy Pork Belly Mushroom Rice Bowl is a go-to crowd pleaser. A bowl of tender pork belly and glistening saucy rice is quite simply, irresistible.
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This Chinese pork belly is meltingly tender with a sweet-spicy-sticky coating. Check out my 3-step process for the best pork belly you’ve ever tasted. Gluten free option too! #porkbelly #bellypork
Get the RECIPE from Kitchen Sanctuary
Sichuan Three Pepper Pork Belly Stir-fry uses crispy chunks of pork belly with three peppers – Dried red peppers, Sichuan Peppercorn, and Long green peppers
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The indulgent dish you’ll want to cook over and over again.
Get the RECIPE from The Subversive Table
Roasted and crunchy on the outside, fork-tender on the inside, this honey glazed crispy pork belly is simply mouth-watering!
Get the RECIPE from Kevin is Cooking
Pork Belly Ramen Recipe – a flavorful, easy meal that is always satisfying! The broth has so much depth and the pork belly is amazing!
Get the RECIPE from The Wooden Skillet
An indulgent dish that takes hold of your senses and doesn’t apologize – Easy Baked Pork Belly is slightly spicy with hints of saltiness and sweetness; it’s super moist and super delicious!
Get the RECIPE from Lord Byron’s Kitchen
This Soy Sauce Braised Instant Pot Pork Belly results in easy, tender, and delicious pork belly, and makes for an easy meal with lots of slow-cooked flavor.
Get the RECIPE from The Woks of Life
My Gua Bao recipe incorporates spicy yet sweet Asian flavors into tender, crisp pork belly slices, all wrapped in a fluffy steamed bun.
Get the RECIPE from Silk Road Recipes
Juicy, tender roasted salt and pepper pork belly with the crispiest, crunchy crackling/skin. This is a showstopper main dish that is sure to impress.
Get the RECIPE from Simply Delicious Food
Chinese Braised Pork Belly (Hong Shao Rou or red braised pork) is tender and juicy with a thick and sticky sauce that’s sweet and savory!
Get the RECIPE from Went There 8 This
Thai basil pork belly is a simple, bang-for-your-buck restaurant quality meal, requiring just 10 ingredients and 15 minutes. Just serve with rice and a veg!
Get the RECIPE from The Woks of Life
Tacos-meet-pork belly is an explosion of sweet, spicy and salty flavors and you won’t be able to get enough of them.
Get the RECIPE from Leite’s Culinaria
Using sous vide to cook pork belly low and slow is the best way to thoroughly render all of that delicious fat. A quick broil in the oven or couple of hours on the smoker to finish things up ensures that crispy texture we’re all after.
Get the RECIPE from A Duck’s Oven
Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly (hong shao rou, 红烧肉) is a very famous dish in China. Everyone knows hong shao rou (red cooked pork) is a Shanghai favorite
Get the RECIPE from The Woks of Life
This authentic Chinese Braised Pork Belly recipe (红烧肉 Hong Shao Rou) is sweet, juicy, and melts in your mouth without being overly greasy.
Get the RECIPE from Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink
Grandma’s Crispy Pork Belly Stir Fry is a weeknight regular! It uses leftover roast pork for a terrifically easy side dish. Made with classic Asian greens, the vegetables can be easily swapped for your favorites!
Get the RECIPE from Wok and Kin
Cantonese Roast Pork Belly, or siu yuk, can be found in many Chinatown restaurant windows, but with our recipe, you can make it at home!
Get the RECIPE from The Woks of Life

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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25+ Easy Pork Belly Recipes

Who doesn't love pork belly? Here's 25+ easy pork belly recipes to try at home! Just imagine the sweet and savory aroma, the tenderness of the meat and all the deliciousness it can bring to your kitchen table. Try this Smoked Pork Belly!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 2 pounds pork belly (cut into 1-inch strips)
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat a smoker or pellet grill to 250-degrees.
  • Mix spices and brown sugar and rub into all sides of the pork belly.
  • Place the pork belly strips directly onto the smoker grate and cook for about three hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 200-degrees.
  • Remove the strips from the smoker and serve.
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Smoker or Pellet Grill


Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 518IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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