BBQ Pork Belly

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BBQ Pork Belly Recipe |

As we started to feel the chilly autumn air in the evening I realized that the end of summer is quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere.  I would like to share a few more of my BBQ recipes before the summer ends.  Today’s BBQ marinade is really easy to make and tasty so I make this BBQ Pork Belly pretty much all year around.

BBQ Pork Belly |
For barbequing pork belly, I highly recommend to use an outdoor grill so that the extra fat will melt off and the finished product won’t be as oily.  We used juicy and soft pork belly meat but you can replace it with other meat such as beef or chicken to enjoy with the marinade.  The marinade requires typical Japanese condiments so if you cook Japanese meals often, this can be a quick meal option!

By the way, I would like to thank you for the kind comments for my son’s first day of 1st grade.  He is very excited about going to school everyday and we’re pleased to see him happy.  After last week, I realized I’m the one who actually needs to adjust my schedule more.   Now I need to go to bed earlier so that I can wake up in time to make his lunch and bring both children to different schools in the morning.  I might be a bit slow on responding to your emails right now but I’ll catch up once we get used to our new daily routine.  Thanks for your patience.

Hope everyone will have a great week and enjoy the remainder of the summer!

BBQ Pork Belly |

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BBQ Pork Belly
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Serves: 2
  • ½ lb sliced pork belly (This is NOT bacon. If you buy a block, slice into ⅛ inch pieces.)
  • ¼ onion
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 dried red chili pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. sake
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1½ Tbsp. honey
  • ½ Tbsp. Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. roasted white sesame seeds
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Grate onion in a medium container (or bowl).
  2. Grate ginger.
  3. Thinly slice the green onion.
  4. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in the container.
  5. Add the pork belly and marinade for at least 1 hour.
  6. Start the grill, preferably over charcoal. Grill on high heat for 2 minutes.
  7. Flip the meat and cook for another 1-2 minutes. You can pan fry or use cast iron skillet to grill the meat indoor as well.
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  1. This is beautiful looking pork belly. I haven’t cooked it on a BBQ before so thanks for introducing me to a new method. I’m so glad your son is going well at school and yes, it always seems to be a bigger adjustment for the mums than it is for the kids xx

  2. Best of luck to your son on his first year at school if I’ve forgotten before this. Yes, it sounds like you’ll need to get to bed extra early so as to have the time and energy to do that extra running around.

    One of my dad’s favourite memories of cooking the pork bellies is over a fire. Of course, threaded on hand held skewers was more common for the farmers on their way to market with their wares early in the morning. No fancy marinades either. :)

    One of these days I’ll have to invest in an inexpensive brand of sake for my cooking. In the meantime, I’m using mirin instead.

  3. hehe I normally put it on a skewer before barbecuing. This looks delicious!

    Aww, both kids now in school! Kids grow up so fast! I’m sure you will be able to handle the new schedule well. ^_^

  4. What an incredible recipe! Pork belly is always a favorite. Good luck with back to school, Nami ! Everything will be ok. These are the best years ~ enjoy them with your children, they grow so fast! Thanks for this recipe & the kind comments on my blog. Happy Monday!

  5. Your pork belly recipes are not doing my diet any good. :) It’s like you enjoy teasing me knowing exactly what I’m trying to stay away from. It’s okay. In three weeks there will be no restrictions. The first thing I’ll buy at the market is a big slab of pork belly and I’m going to enjoy every bite of it.

    Seriously, this is another great recipe. :)

  6. Oh wow…you got my stomach to grumble. This looks heavenly and who can say no to grilled pork belly. Your photos are getting better and better….I cannot look at them because I am so hungry right now LOL! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe Nami!

  7. The chill is definitely in the air, and my son starts first grade tomorrow, too! Wow. That summer flew by, didn’t it? It’s only 9 am but I am so craving this pork belly, you have no idea. I so want this for dinner tonight!!

  8. Thanks for sharing such a lovely recipe. Love the marinade and how thin your belly pork is. I have not seen such thin ones here. Thanks very much for sharing your awesome recipes even though you are very busy with your kids. Hope you have enough rest everyday. Yes, sleep early 😀

  9. Candice

    This looks yummy. I love that I have almost all the ingredients in my pantry (except for the pork belly and ketchup). =D

  10. Nami, once again you post something from my mental wish list! For once I’m not too sad admiring your marvellous food because I have a pork roast in the oven. OK, I shouldn’t lie to myself. I would give a lot to exchange my pork roast for this marinated and grilled (on a real grill!) belly. It looks fabulous and I’m bookmarking the marinade. (You will laugh but the only reason why I buy ketchup is for my okonomiyaki sauce 😉 This marinade will be another, but still Japanese, reason.).

  11. This looks delicious Nami and your seasonings are simply out of this world! But I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. The warm weather has returned here and I plan on dragging it out as long as possible… ;-). Thank you for this happy weather, bbq inspiration!

  12. Hi Nami,

    That is one of the best thing living in the northern part of the state is the autumn breeze and it must be very nice. Did you slice these pork youself? I like how thin they are so it must have cooked really fast. Love the charred marks on those pork belly. I’m drooling. :)

    ~ ray ~

  13. Eri

    Ok… I saw the headline this morning in my mailbox and I thought no way I’m going now.. and I was right! Who doesnt like pork belly? I guess someone who has not try it.. and that;s the only one.
    Your presentation is great Nami. Summer is still here in Canada! so.. dont worry!

  14. Nami – I am new to your blog and just discovered it this past Friday night. Needless to say, I spent the next 4 hours poring thru the site…everything looks so delicious! The photos are beautiful and love hearing little tidbits about your sweet little family. Can’t wait to try everything and can’t wait to see what other creations you make. You have found a devoted reader!

  15. Lovely! I actually use thin slices of beef belly this way! it works :)

  16. What a great breakfast for us right now! After one week, we’re already tired of fruit and cereal every morning! I usually do something special for weekend brunch, but we had fruit and cereal this past weekend. This looks like that something special for this coming weekend! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  17. I believe this is another one delicious Pork Belly you have just cooked/BBQ! My family and I used to have BBQ but nowadays have totally cut it down due to health conscious for the family.

  18. woohoo, i know i’ve been trying to eat healthy this summer but there is no way I can resist to these perfectly grilled pork bellies! You are making me really hungry right now. The only thing i’d do differently is to slice the belly a little thicker :) Thanks for this great post!

  19. Eha

    Lovely recipe, Nami: I grill marinated meats about twice a week and shall follow this exactly the next time around: I don’t think my usual one has chillies in it or sesame seeds and I use both a lot! And your son must feel very grownup now: may he make many new friends and settle in quickly!

  20. Nami, another utterly delicious looking BBQ recipe! Actually, since pork belly is readily available in stores around here, I should give this a try on the weekend. I am sure that my kids, who enjoy asian cooking, would devour this!

  21. girl I saw this and knew just knew I had to make this soon for my hubs. He is all things bbq and he would be floored to have this over the long weekend. It looks amazing, easy (which is always the best part) and amazing. Love your sauce! Hope the week is off to a good start! So glad for mommy’s day out to begin next week- mommy is in need of a tiny small break even if its for just a few hours a week! LOL!

  22. Hello friend! How I look forward to cooler days! Ryan adores pork belly (in fact, pork is one of the few meats he eats…odd huh?) And this recipe looks like it would be the perfect treat for him. I can’t wait to give it a go. Thank you for sharing!

  23. The marinade sounds fantastic! I’ll have to see if I can get pork belly around here…I’ve seen it on restaurant menus, but not in the market. But if not, it would be wonderful on pork tenderloins :)

  24. Gosh, these are my fav and I love the crispy and crunchy bite after the bbq. My other half does not eat pork, so I am going to try with thinly sliced lamb. Makes a great sandwich filling too with some sliced cucumber and chili sauce on top.

  25. Pork belly is one of my favorites, but I’ve never made it at home. I’m going to have to keep this in mind. Good luck adjusting to the new schedules. This will be our first full week. It’s always a shock to the system, but so far so good. Next week we add after school activities too, so that will be another adjustment. I’m so glad your son loves 1st grade so far! That’s great news!!!

  26. I have a terrific butcher that I could ask for pork belly. I can’t say I’ve seen it in the stores other than packaged as bacon. The color on this bbq is totally mouthwatering. My husband would be in heaven!

  27. Nami, this marinade looks so good;-) I like the way you prepared the BBQ pork belly in the thin strips, it just looks delicious! First grade is such a sweet age and a wonderful year in school, it does go by fast so enjoy;-)

  28. I can already feel autumn on its way. The nights are already getting a little shorter. Sigh. I’m going to enjoy as much bbq as I can until then — starting with this glistening pork belly.

  29. Oh Nami, this look so tasty and flavorful, especially when using thin slice of meat…
    So you already started to feel the cool of Autumn? Here in Southern CA, still pretty brutal :)
    Thanks for this recipe and hope you are enjoying the rest of the Summer as well.

  30. Oh I love pork belly! It’s a pity that your summer is ending, although that is good news since it means our end of of the world is getting closer to summer… I’m really looking forward to some summer bbqs! So great to hear your son is enjoying school too :)

  31. Nami, this looks delicious. I really have to get pork belly after seeing this, you temptress! So pleased to hear that your son is settling in at school. Exciting times. Great to hear you’re finally thinking of sleeping more too! Cheers to routine. We’re just back from the US, bit jet-lagged and starting up again next week. All hands to the wheel… goodie.

  32. Hi Nami! This looks so good! I gotta give it a try soon, though probably not with pork belly, since Trinity and I are not accustom to eating fatty meat.

    I am not sure whether you are aware of my current situation, the fridge that has not worked for the last month finally got fixed last week, but the water filter has a big gash that was not discovered, so the night the fridge was “repaired”, my house got flooded! Right now we live on concrete floor, the restoration guys had to come in and tear out all of our flooring, we are waiting for insurance adjuster to figure out how much they will pay for, then they will go deal with Samsung (who is suppose to be responsible for the damages). It’s been very interesting.

    The good thing is the fridge is cooling properly, so I have been cooking comfort food, and it’s important to have some normalcy when Trinity is back on regular school schedule. She is liking her teacher very much, and this is her first year in the Gifted and Talented program, so the kids in her class are all at similar levels, I am interested to see how she does.

    Have a great weekend!

  33. Nami – Oh boy, I know these BBQ pork belly will be such a hit in my household! They actually remind me of the gourmet Chinese-style pork slices we have during Chinese New Year. We often refer it to Chinese jerky or ‘rou kan’. Shen would know:) I like all the sauces/ seasonings you used – absolutely umami-fied! I should include this for my first Chinese New Year menu in the States.

  34. Sandra

    I’m glad I came back to see if my comment went through. You know I love your pork recipes and this one is why I need an indoor grill.

  35. Oh my God Nami – this looks so good. Crispy, bbq pork belly! Alas no barbecue here, but I can recreate it with grill pan I suspect. It’s been getting so cold here in the evenings, and it happened all so suddenly too. One minute the evenings were warm and balmy and all of a sudden it’s sweater and blanket weather

  36. Hi Nami,
    I’m so glad to hear that your son is enjoying school. It is a big change for you all but I’m sure you’ll find the perfect schedule soon. The pork belly looks really good, almost like bacon:) My mouth is watering so thanks for sharing!

  37. Hubby and I have burnt this in the past, it is nice to find your beautiful recipe! Your marinade sounds amazing, and love the addition of sake. Sounds delicious! Hugs, Terra

  38. I’ve decided that every time I make one of your recipes I will post to let you know how it went! :) I had thinly sliced tenderloin in the fridge and was looking for a recipe to use. Picked this, but since I had 2 lbs to work with, I took the easy way out and used the blender for the onion, garlic and ginger. :) I used 4 times of everything but 3 times the liquids. It was snowing outside in Montreal so I used my cast iron grill. It turned out fabulously! Thanks for an amazing recipe!

    • Hi Angie! I’m terribly sorry for my late response. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe and it’s great that you adapted this recipe very well! Thank you so much for taking your time to write a feedback, and I truly appreciate it! :)

    • Hi Mike! It does look like bacon but it’s not bacon. :) This is just thinly sliced pork belly. American grocery stores sell big chunk of pork belly (usually they keep it in freezer, so you have to ask or order in advance) but Japanese supermarket sells these pre-sliced pork belly as well as big chunk of pork belly. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. :)

  39. Diana Cote

    This sounds super tasty and I was wondering if it would work well as a marinade for a boneless Boston pork butt joint I have? It’s about 3 lbs. thank you in advance! :)

    • Hi Diana! I haven’t tried the meat with this recipe before. Hope it will work. You will need to marinate for longer time. :) Hope it will be tender and delicious. Fatter piece will for the recipe. :)