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BBQ Pork Belly

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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 | JustOneCookbook.com
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!

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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.
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 26, 2012, 11:10 pm

    Nami, this looks brilliant! I love pork belly and anything you make is wonderful. :)

  • Raymund August 27, 2012, 1:04 am

    You made me smile when I saw this one, this is my type of dish and can eat it everyday. Its nice to see that the belly was sliced thinly, love it

  • ChopinandMysaucepan August 27, 2012, 3:13 am

    Dear Nami,

    Awesome recipe, the BBQ would give it a beautiful charred flavour and your marinade is definitely a winner.

  • Hotly Spiced August 27, 2012, 3:27 am

    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

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover August 27, 2012, 3:54 am

    Beautiful and tempting BBQ pork belly you have it here, Nami.. wish i can taste some right now, not yet take dinner, hehehe..

  • love2dine August 27, 2012, 5:24 am

    Must be a wonderful afternoon snack.

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book August 27, 2012, 5:28 am

    So pleased your son is settling in at school Nami and what a wonderful and flavourful marinade for any kind of meat.
    :-) Mandy

  • Laura @ Family Spice August 27, 2012, 5:36 am

    Hey, you beat me with a BBQ post! :) I’ve never cooked or grilled pork belly. I think I can do this!

  • Belinda @zomppa August 27, 2012, 5:47 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling the chill – not here!! But feeling this meal….

  • gloria August 27, 2012, 6:11 am

    theses pork belly look really tempting!;)

  • Jen @ Savory Simple August 27, 2012, 6:23 am

    That is heaven on a plate.

  • A_Boleyn August 27, 2012, 6:52 am

    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.

  • Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) August 27, 2012, 6:54 am

    WOW – this looks soooooooo tasty! I can imagine that the marinate and BBQ flavors are simply perfect. Pinning now. Hope you have a great week!!!

  • Blackswan August 27, 2012, 7:05 am

    Lovely pork dish, dear! I just had Ramen for dinner earlier. If only I can have these to go with it. Yum!

  • Stephanie August 27, 2012, 7:19 am

    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. ^_^

  • Kate@Diethood August 27, 2012, 7:20 am

    Nami, after I eat up your photos, I’ll move onto the pork!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen August 27, 2012, 7:22 am

    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!

  • Ramona August 27, 2012, 7:40 am

    Nami… that looks so darn good!! I wish I had an outdoor grill now. :) School starts next week for us… I’m getting ready for the count down.

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) August 27, 2012, 7:55 am

    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. :)

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking August 27, 2012, 8:08 am

    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!

  • Liren August 27, 2012, 9:11 am

    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!!

  • MaryMoh August 27, 2012, 10:02 am

    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 :D

  • Candice August 27, 2012, 10:08 am

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 27, 2012, 11:02 am

    What a perfect marinade for BBQing – so versatile and tasty!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 27, 2012, 11:28 am

    I feel like we didn’t have enough bbq dishes this summer. This one looks amazing! Would be perfect to end summer with!

  • Sissi August 27, 2012, 11:37 am

    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.).

  • yummychunklet August 27, 2012, 11:38 am

    Gah! I just had my vegan wrap, and now my mouth is drooling over your bbq pork belly!

  • Ashley August 27, 2012, 11:56 am

    My mouth is watering – this looks amazing!!!

  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles August 27, 2012, 12:09 pm

    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!

  • Sylvia August 27, 2012, 12:27 pm

    This looks so delectable and I don’t think it’s possible for me to slice the pork belly as thin as you!!

  • wok with ray August 27, 2012, 2:54 pm

    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 ~

  • Tiffany August 27, 2012, 3:09 pm

    This is a MUST MAKE…. noooooooooo, not for me :D. For my boyfriend! Who LOVES pork! :D

  • Eri August 27, 2012, 3:53 pm

    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!

  • Simply Vicky August 27, 2012, 3:56 pm

    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!

  • [email protected] August 27, 2012, 4:17 pm

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

  • mjskit August 27, 2012, 4:23 pm

    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!

  • The Café Sucré Farine August 27, 2012, 6:15 pm

    Nami, I’m not sure anyone else could make pork belly look so delicious! I’m wanting some right now and I didn’t even know I liked it!

  • amelia from z tasty life August 27, 2012, 6:49 pm

    sounds absolutely finger-licking-delicious… like bacon with a crown and a throne!

  • Mel August 27, 2012, 7:21 pm

    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.

  • Yi @ Yi Resevation August 27, 2012, 7:59 pm

    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!

  • Eha August 27, 2012, 8:32 pm

    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!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 27, 2012, 10:32 pm

    I don’t have an outdoor grill right now but I think I’ll have to purchase one just for this recipe!

  • Andrea August 28, 2012, 12:02 am

    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!

  • Beth Michelle August 28, 2012, 5:07 am

    I love pork belly. This recipe looks delicious and fairly easy to make which is lovely! Hope youre enjoying the rest of your summer!

  • Kitchen Belleicious August 28, 2012, 5:37 am

    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!

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen August 28, 2012, 8:52 am

    Hi Nami, this is a great way to prepare pork belly, full of flavour. I hope you are adjusting to your new schedule. What an exciting time for your son!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) August 28, 2012, 9:12 am

    Yum! One of my favorite ways to enjoy pork belly!

  • Jenn and Seth August 28, 2012, 10:15 am

    this looks seriously delicious! my mouth is watering for this!

  • Marina@Picnic at Marina August 28, 2012, 10:16 am

    Oh, Nami! I can smell it through my screen! So very good!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 28, 2012, 10:58 am

    Pork belly is so good yet I always feel guilty with all the fat. But such a tasty occasional treat is a must, your look amazing. Changing schedules it always a challenge at first.

  • Monet August 28, 2012, 12:32 pm

    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!

  • Liz August 28, 2012, 12:43 pm

    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 :)

  • Lynna August 28, 2012, 12:47 pm

    YUM. I know i`ll love this!

  • Nava Krishnan August 28, 2012, 2:05 pm

    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.

  • Katerina August 28, 2012, 2:05 pm

    Yes I can feel the change in the air too! Hurry up and show us more of these tasty and appetizing BBQed goodies!

  • Kristy August 28, 2012, 2:39 pm

    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!!!

  • Kristi Rimkus August 28, 2012, 6:51 pm

    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!

  • Patty August 28, 2012, 7:55 pm

    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;-)

  • Carolyn Jung August 28, 2012, 8:24 pm

    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.

  • Juliana August 28, 2012, 9:22 pm

    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.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 28, 2012, 10:23 pm

    Just can’t believe you are already feeling autumn in CA! I can’t seem to let go summer, just yet!

    Love the char-ness of that pork belly!

  • jack August 28, 2012, 10:56 pm

    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 :)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 29, 2012, 2:56 am

    Nami, this looks amazing! And the weather is slowly changing although I’m glad of this because we’ll get some warmth again :D And a good excuse to bbq this pork belly :)

  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family August 29, 2012, 5:13 am

    That marinade looks fantastic…so a wonderful flavor combination. I can see many uses for it.

    A+ for you Nami!!!

  • kitchenriffs August 29, 2012, 8:40 am

    Really nice! I love pork belly, but have never thought to barbecue it. Now that I know the error of my ways, I will! Thanks for this.

  • Rhonda (@diningalone) August 29, 2012, 9:50 am

    that looks delicious! I have had pork belly sandwiches before and they are amazing.

  • Peggy August 29, 2012, 11:28 am

    Oh I can definitely see myself making this pork belly all year round!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 29, 2012, 12:54 pm

    What a delicious way to prepare pork belly, Nami! I always seem to order it in restaurants but have never made it at home. Thanks for making it look so easy! This is a wonderful recipe.

  • Kankana August 29, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Yum! love pork and love bbq. This would be great with some cold beer :)

  • The Squishy Monster August 29, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Man, pops would go to town on this! We love sangyupsahl (grilled pork belly) and I just LOVE how you prepared yours!

  • Baker Street August 29, 2012, 11:50 pm

    The marinade does sound simple and delicious! Love that you added a touch of sake. :)

  • PolaM August 30, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Looks delicious! Have to try this version of pork belly!

  • Food Jaunts August 30, 2012, 5:52 pm

    You can NEVER go wrong with pork belly! That looks so flavorful and absolutely divine with all of the marinade ingredients.

  • Jill @ MadaboutMacarons August 31, 2012, 3:50 am

    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.

  • Valerie Brunmeier August 31, 2012, 11:09 am

    What a treat! It looks delicious, Nami. The adjustment to the Back to School schedule is tough isn’t it? I’m looking forward to having a little break with the upcoming 3 day weekend.

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals August 31, 2012, 11:57 am

    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!

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice September 1, 2012, 7:20 am

    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.

  • Fern @ To Food with Love September 2, 2012, 3:37 am

    Oooh this looks so good….especially grilled over the charcoal. I can’t help salivating over it…yummo!

  • Sandra September 2, 2012, 1:37 pm

    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.

  • Charles September 3, 2012, 3:14 pm

    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

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie September 4, 2012, 8:00 am

    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!

  • Terra September 4, 2012, 5:10 pm

    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

  • Nic@diningwithastud September 4, 2012, 9:03 pm

    YUM :D this reminds me of the slices you get at Korean BBQ. Love it!

  • Delishhh September 6, 2012, 4:06 pm

    This is on my to do list. I also shared the recipe with my newsletter readers this month – http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9bc1b5f1c2c1cb8a98f1f3ad5&id=61665afde9&e=5bdcd0f2e5

  • Nate @ House of Annie September 12, 2012, 9:17 pm

    Yum yum yum that looks so good. I can’t get enough of pork belly. But unfortunately, pork belly isn’t sliced so thinly here in Kuching.

    Still, I think I’ll give it a go!

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Angie December 17, 2012, 4:40 pm

    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!

    • Nami January 10, 2013, 10:36 am

      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! :)

  • Mike May 25, 2013, 11:38 am

    Isn’t that called bacon? :) Nice site!

    • Nami May 25, 2013, 11:48 am

      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. :)