Smoked Pork Belly

Smoked Pork Belly

January 27, 2020 0 By Admiral BigGun

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What on earth could be better than bacon? Could it be pork belly, slow cooked in the smoker? Check out this ridiculously easy recipe to make a new kind of meat candy.

Simple is better

You can give the bacon lovers at your next tailgate the ultimate (well… if not ULTIMATE… seriously above average) delicious football food. Anyone that knows me, knows that “I never met a dead pig that i didn’t like”. 🙂 I’m pretty sure that your guests will love this simple recipe made with pork belly.

Start with a nice cut of pork belly. For this experiment, I used a very small portion that was about a pound, but you can adjust your time in the smoker according to how large your cut of meat is. As we always say, “Cook to TEMP – not TIME”.


  • Pork-belly
  • Pork Seasonings/Rib Rub (I used Tears of our Rivals)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Wood

Bring your pork belly up to room temperature.

pork belly ready for seasonings
Mmmmmmmmmmm dead pig

Rub your favorite pork seasoning on, completely covering your meat.

pork belly completely covered in brown sugar and other spices.
Rub your meat, covering completely

Add A LOT of brown sugar… again… completely covering the entire surface of the pork belly.

Look at all it’s Majesty!

Place in your smoker, add your wood and of course fill your water basin.

We used apple wood chips and smoked for about 3 hours

Cook low and slowly. (For this one pound, I cooked at approximately 210 degrees F for 3 hours). Check with a digital thermometer… the center of the cut should reach 165F before removing.

Remove and let rest for 5-7 minutes before cutting.

pork belly recipe perfectly cooked in a gas smoker
Your favorite BBQ sauce or even cheese sauce will definitely add to the deliciousness of this treat.

Pair with your favorite BBQ sauce.

Toothpicks when serving are optional but very welcome at the tailgate.

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