Slow Cooked Cider Pork Belly

Slow Cooked Cider Pork Belly

Amazon have a cool new feature at the moment whereby they offer a heavily discounted item that you can order and pick up from the truck in your local area.

One of the more recent deals was for an extremely large piece of Pork Belly. It can with cider and a recipe to try so I tried it with excellent results. Having never cooked pork belly before as it’s normally an expensive piece of meat I was really impressed with the deal and we even have some cider left over in the fridge to drink at leisure.


1kg Pork Belly (or a smaller joint if you can’t get such a good deal and reduce the rest of the ingredients inline)

1tsp sea salt

1tbsp olive oil

1tbsp rosemary cut into small pieces

2 cored, peeled apples

100ml cider (the brand in this case was Savanna Cross)


  1. Heat the oven to 220c
  2. Remove the pork from the packaging and pat dry
  3. My pork came pre-cut with lines in the fat but if yours isn’t use a sharp knife to make some lines in the fat
  4. This was part of the recipe but I wanted really salty; crisp fat so i sprinkled the surface with salt
  5. Another element not officially in the recipe was rosemary but I adore the herb and have a plant in the garden so I cut; washed and cut it into small pieces and sprinkled on the surface
  6. Put the pork straight in the oven for 30 minutes
  7. After 30 minutes reduce the oven down to 160c
  8. Pour in the cider to the dish and add the apple pieces
  9. Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours until the crackling is crisp
  10. Remove and slice thickly