10+ BEST Sauces for Pork Belly (with Simple Recipes)

Wondering what the best sauces for pork belly are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. From homemade barbecue sauce to white bbq sauce, and more.

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Pork Belly+ an Amazing Sauce = PERFECTION!

When serving pork belly, there are 3 essentials:

  1. Napkins. Lots of napkins. Especially if saucy pork belly is involved.
  2. Some really stellar sides for pork belly.
  3. And, of course, a delicious sauce recipe!

How to Sauce Pork Belly

Add the sauce at the end: While you can baste your pork belly with sauce while it’s cooking, it’s best to add the sauce at the end of the cooking process. This will prevent the sauce from burning and will ensure that the flavors are fresh and vibrant.

Let’s dig in!

Simple Sauces for Pork Belly

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Barbecue Sauce: A classic choice for pork belly, barbecue sauce adds a sweet and smoky flavor to the meat. You can make your own sauce using ingredients like ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, and vinegar, or use your favorite store-bought brand.
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White bbq sauce in small jar with spoon.
White BBQ Sauce: This White BBQ Sauce is a rich and tangy twist on traditional barbecue sauce. Made with mayo, horseradish, and seasonings, the bold flavors pair perfectly with grilled meats and so much more!
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Mustard Sauce: A tangy and slightly spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce. It adds a zesty flavor to the pork belly and can be made in just a few minutes.
Get the RECIPE from Basil and Bubbly
Honey Soy Sauce. This pork belly, slowly braised in honey soy sauce with ginger and other aromatics, produces tender and juicy meat with a crispy crackling.
Get the RECIPE from Vikalinka
Chimichurri sauce in small jar with spoon.
Chimichurri Sauce: A fresh and tangy sauce made from parsley, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. It adds a bright and herbaceous flavor to the pork belly, making it a great option for those who prefer lighter sauces.
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Pineapple Salsa: A fresh and fruity salsa made from diced pineapple, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. It adds a bright and tropical flavor to the pork belly, making it a perfect option for summertime barbecues.
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Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.
Chipotle Crema: Top your Pork Belly with this Chipotle Crema. A Mexican-inspired sauce, this creamy mix is made with chipotles in adobo to give a spicy-creamy boost.
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Korean BBQ Sauce: A sweet and savory sauce made from soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and sesame oil. It is a great choice for those who enjoy bold and complex flavors.
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Peanut Sauce: Don’t let the simplicity of this 3-Ingredient Peanut Sauce fool you, because it will knock your socks off!
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Hoisin Sauce: This thick, sweet, and savory sauce made from soybeans, sugar, garlic, and other spices is a popular choice for pork belly. It pairs well with the fatty richness of the meat and adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor.
Get the RECIPE from I Heart Umami
Sweet Chili Sauce: This sauce has a sweet and slightly spicy flavor that complements the richness of pork belly. It is made from sugar, chili peppers, garlic, and vinegar and can be found in most grocery stores.
Get the RECIPE from Bellyfull

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these pork belly sauces 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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More Sauce Recipes

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10+ Sauces for Pork Belly

Wondering what the best sauces for pork belly are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. From homemade barbecue sauce to white bbq sauce, and more. Try this Homemade BBQ Sauce!  Made in just 15-minutes with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water (or brisket drippings from sous vide)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Stir together all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.


  • Honey Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 Tablespoons honey.
  • Maple Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 Tablespoons maple syrup.
  • Smoky Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 teaspoons liquid smoke.
  • Spicy Barbecue Sauce: Add cayenne pepper, to taste.
  • Bourbon Barbecue Sauce: Add 1/4 cup bourbon before simmering.
  • Red Wine Barbecue Sauce:  Add 1/4 cup red wine before simmering (I love Pinot Noir or Zinfandel for this).
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Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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