How you doin’? Three of my favorite pork roast recipes are carnitas, kalua pork and pork belly. The best pork belly I ever tasted—until now—was at Tom Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant in Century City, where the meat is unctuously delicious and the skin is so snappy crisp.
I saw rolled pork belly roasts in the display case at Huntington Meats at the Los Angeles Original Farmer’s Market last week. I didn’t really know how I was going to cook it, but I did know I wanted to duplicate that Colicchio pork belly taste and texture.
I found some recipes for Lechon Roll slow roasted in the oven with super crispy skin and super moist meat. So, I knew I didn’t have to order a whole pig cooked in an imu pit to get my kalua pork and I didn’t have to boil a pork roast in lard and Coca Cola to make it moist like carnitas. I decided that none of the recipes I researched were going to give me exactly what I wanted so I went off on my own and created my own rolled pork belly roll roast recipe.
I always try to provide somewhat decent pictures of my finished work at its best, but in this case, I didn’t have a chance. It smelled so good, it was dinner time and I had hungry people waiting to, so what you see is that all that was left—an end piece and lots of string. I know you would understand.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Roast time: 4 hours
Chill time: 24 to 48 hours
Crisp time: 30 to 45 minutes
1 (4 to 5 pounds) tied whole pork belly, skin-on without ribs
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
ChefSecret: By triple wrapping the roast it allows the meat to roast until very tender, while the skin and fat are rendering free of most fat.
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