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BBQ Pork Belly

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: bbq, pork bbq
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nami
This perfectly charred, succulent BBQ Pork Belly would be the star of Asian BBQ food scene! You want to pick up bottles of wine and enjoy every moment of the summer breeze with this smokey deliciousness. 



  1. Grate onion and ginger and add in a medium mixing bowl.
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  2. Add chopped green onion, soy sauce, sake, honey, and ketchup.

  3. Add minced garlic, sesame seeds, and chopped red chili pepper.
  4. Add the pork belly and marinade in the large baking pan or container. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 and up to 12 hours.
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  5. Prepare a hot (450°F / 230°C) charcoal or gas grill fire. Clean and lightly oil the grill grate. For the best flavor, go with charcoal grill. Remove the pork belly from the marinade and let any excess drip off; discard the marinade. Grill the pork belly, flipping once, until done to your liking, about 2-4 minutes total. Transfer to a serving platter. You can pan fry or use cast iron skillet to grill the meat indoor as well.
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Recipe Notes

Sliced Pork Belly: I purchased the sliced pork belly from my favorite Korean meat shop in Sunnyvale.  The thickness is ¼ inch and it's perfect for grilling.  Previously I was using Japanese pork belly slices, but they are 1/8 inch thickness.  It's great for stove top cooking, but when you grill outside, it gets burn easily.


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