Pork Belly Burnt End Tacos
Pork Belly Burnt End Tacos
- 1/2 Pork Belly Slab
- 1/4-1/2 Cup Your Favorite BBQ Rub
- 1/2 Stick Butter
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Your Favorite BBQ Sauce
- 6-12 Tortillas
- Preheat your smoker or oven to 250 degrees F. Cut the pork belly into 1 1/2 to 2 inch wide chunks. Cover all sides of each chunk with BBQ rub. Place the chunks on the rack of your smoker, or on a broiler pan in the oven. Let the pork belly cook until it has an internal temperature of about 185-190 degrees F.
- Pull it out of the smoker or oven and place each chunk on a large double sheet of foil or peach butcher paper. Thinly slice your half stick of butter and place throughout the chunks of pork belly. Sprinkle brown sugar over the butter and pork belly. Wrap up the pieces of pork belly tightly with your foil or butcher paper. Place the wrapped pork belly back on the smoker or in the oven. (If you are using an oven, make sure to put the wrapped pork belly on a baking sheet so the juices don’t run to the bottom of the oven.) Let the pork belly cook for another 30-45 minutes.
- Remove the pork belly from the oven and open the foil or butcher paper. Use a basting brush to brush BBQ sauce on each piece of pork belly. Place each piece back on the rack of the smoker so the BBQ sauce can cook into it. If you are using an oven, just put the pork belly back onto the broiler pan. Let the pork belly cook for about ten minutes, then remove from the heat.
- On each tortilla, put some shredded lettuce or cabbage. Cut 2 pieces of pork belly up into little chunks and put on the lettuce or cabbage. If you like BBQ sauce a lot, you can also put some more on top of the pork belly. You can top this taco with whatever you like on tacos. Avocado works great! Enjoy!
Pork belly is where all the magic happens. After all, it is where bacon comes from. The magical part of this recipe is that is basically just tastes like meat candy. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? Pork belly isn’t found at many grocery stores, but is still pretty easy to get ahold of. I went to the local butcher and they got me two really big pieces of belly for around 30 bucks. I also learned that you can find it at a lot of asian markets for pretty cheap. Once you get the belly, you are practically there. This recipe is one of the most simple recipes you will ever try. If you are new to smokers, this is a recipe to try!
A lot of people prefer to smoke the pork belly whole, but I prefer to do it in chunks for this recipe, so it has more smoke throughout each piece. It also cooks a little quicker this way. Each piece of belly is covered in the delicious rub of your choice. I like to use my Sweet Paprika Rub. You can find the recipe HERE.
I really hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we do!