Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

This week I am sharing a Frankenstein recipe of sorts as I mashed up two things I cooked recently into one great recipe. A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Pork Belly Burnt Ends, which is just cubed pork belly, smoked, and cooked in BBQ sauce. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of cooking on my wok (indoors) and made a really good version of Kung Pao Chicken. For this recipe, I combined the low and slow method of pork belly burnt ends with the sauce from the Kung Pao Chicken recipe all on my Big Green Egg.  Now sit back, grab a nice glass of Reisling, and enjoy this post for Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly.

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Before I get started on this week’s post a disclaimer of sorts. We just got a new puppy at the Buddha household, a French Bulldog named Yoda. He is a little rascal and takes a good bit of our time. So, for this blog post, most of the pictures came from my iPhone as it was easier than setting up my camera rig. No worries as little Yoda is a smart dog and picking up house training quickly. I should be back to my normal posting self soon!

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Clean your slab of pork belly by trimming excess fat and any silver skin remaining. Then cube the pork belly into 1″ pieces. 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Toss the pork belly cubes in a little yellow mustard for the base and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set on a wire rack and start to prep your Big Green Egg. 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Smoking the Pork Belly

Set your Big Green Egg up for indirect cooking using the ConvEGGerator and a few chunks of hickory wood. Get the temperature up to 275° and wait for the smoke to thin out before putting your pork belly (still on the wire rack) inside. 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Let the pork belly smoke at in this environment for 3 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 190°. I sprayed the pork pieces every hour with apple juice to help keep them moist. 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Making the Kung Pao Sauce

Finding the Chinese ingredients: Shaoxing wineSichuan peppercornsChinese black vinegar, and Sichuan fermented chili-bean paste is worth the effort to get that traditional taste. I was able to find all of these on Amazon… thank me later for the links. 

In addition to the traditional ingredients you’ll need sugar, cornstarch, garlic, green onion, ginger, peanut oil, and leeks. 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

I mixed the Shaoxing wine, Chinese black vinegarSichuan fermented chili-bean paste, and Corn Starch together. I crushed the Sichuan peppercorns and mixed them with the green tops of the onions. I sliced the leeks, minced the garlic and ginger. 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

In a hot pan I placed the peanut oil and added the leeks, white onion parts, garlic, and ginger then sauteed until fragrant (about 2 minutes). 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

I mixed the sauteed aromatics in with the smoked pork belly and covered in the sauce. 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

I placed the pork belly, aromatics, and sauce back in the Big Green Egg covering the aluminum pan with foil. This cooked for 45 minutes until the sauce was nice and thick. 

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

I served the Kung Pao Pork Belly over Korean Buckwheat Noodles. This dish was so worth the wait and one I will make again and again!

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly

Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly
 
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The recipe for Kung Pao Smoked Pork Belly fuses two of my favorite things: smoked pork belly goodness with the sweet and spicy sauce of Kung Pao cuisine from Sichuan province in China.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds pork belly (cubed)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry, if unavailable)
  • 1 tablepoon cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns toasted in hot skillet for 30 seconds until fragrant, ground using mortar and pestle
  • 3 scallions, whites finely minced, and greens finely sliced, reserved separately
  • ½ cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar (or distilled white vinegar if unavailable)
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan fermented chili-bean paste (or generic Asian chili-garlic sauce if unavailable)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 hot Chinese dry chili peppers, seeded
  • 2 small leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into ¼-inch slices (about ½ cup total)
Instructions
  1. Cube the pork belly into 1" pieces
  2. Cover with a base (I used mustard) and season with Salt and Pepper
  3. Set your smoker to 275° using Hickory for the smoking wood
  4. Set your pork belly inside the smoker on a wire rack for 3 hours or until they measure 190°
  5. You can spray the pork belly every hour with apple juice to keep moist
  6. After 3 hours (or 190°) pull the pork belly and set aside
  7. Mix the Soy sauce, Vinegar, Cornstarch, and chili bean paste together
  8. Saute' the leeks, green onion bottoms (white parts), garlic, and ginger in peanut oil until fragrant
  9. Put pork belly in aluminum pan and cover with aromatics and sauce
  10. Cover and place back in your smoker for 30-60 minutes (or until the sauce thickens
  11. Toss everything with the Sichuan peppercorns, tops of green onions, and peanuts
  12. Serve over rice or noodles

 

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