Crackling pork belly with crimson grape and plum sauce

It's cold and wet outside right now... but nothing shakes the winter blues like pork belly. Enjoy!


1.5-1.8 kg pork belly, rind on
Sea salt
1 cup plum sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar glaze
¼ cup caster sugar
¼ cup pomegranate juice
3/4 cup crimson grapes, halved

To serve
Steamed potatoes
Steamed asparagus spears
Steamed baby brussel sprouts
Steamed baby peas


  • Preheat oven to 220°C.
  • Using a Stanley knife or scalpel, finely score the pork belly rind. Pat the surface of the rind dry with paper towel and rub with oil and flakes of sea salt. Allow to sit for 20 minutes.
  • Place the pork belly into a shallow baking dish.
  • Roast the pork belly in the preheated oven at 220°C for 30 minutes. This will begin the crackling process. Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C and continue to roast for a further 1 ½ hours. Remove the belly from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • To prepare the sauce, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir over a medium heat. Simmer until liquid has reduced by half and is glossy.
  • Cut the pork belly into serving sized portions. Serve hot with steamed vegetables and crimson grape and plum sauce.


Sauce may be prepared well ahead of time and kept in an air tight jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

(Image and recipe courtesy of Australian Pork)