Slow Cooked Pork Belly Recipe

This slow roasted pork belly is braised in a tomato and pepper sauce for 2 hours so the meat is soft and tender to the touch. This is the ideal comfort food that goes just as well with mash, rice or crispy roast potatoes.

Slow Cooked Pork Belly Recipe

This slow roasted pork belly is braised in a tomato and pepper sauce for 2 hours so the meat is soft and tender to the touch. This is the ideal comfort food that goes especially well with rice.
Braised Pork Belly
Slow cooked pork belly braised in tomato sauce
How to cook pork belly
  • Prep Time45 min
  • Cook Time2 hr
  • Total Time2 hr 45 min
  • Yield5
  • Energy1,203 cal
  • Cuisine
    • Mediterranean
  • Course
    • Main Course
  • Cooking Method
    • Braised
  • Suitable for Diet


  • 1 kg pork belly
  • 2 onions (cubed)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 3 cm piece of ginger (finely chopped)
  • 2 sticks of celery (finely chopped)
  • 3 bell peppers (a mix of red and yellow is ideal, cut into strips)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

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Cut pork belly into strips that are about 2 cm wide.


Pre-heat a wide, heavy-bottomed pot to medium to high heat so it’s ready for frying. You can use a frying pan, but the pot limits the amount of oil spray from frying the pork.


Salt each side of the pork belly and fry in 2 tbsp of olive oil until each side has browned. Do this in batches if you cannot fit all strips in the frying pan.


Place browned belly in an oven dish while you prepare the sauce. The dish should be big enough to accommodate all pork belly laying on its side.


Preheat oven to 160°C.


Using the same pot you used for frying, fry onions until they become translucent.


Add celery and peppers, add a dash of salt and give everything a good stir every few minutes to loosen the brown bits that became stuck to the bottom of the pan while frying the pork. This is all good flavour that you want in the sauce.


After 10 minutes add ginger and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes.


Add brown sugar, lemon juice and mustard powder. Cook for 2 more minutes.


Add tomato puree and stir in.


Add tinned tomato (crush tomatoes first if using plum tomatoes), then add chicken stock.


Once sauce comes to the boil it is ready to pour over the pork belly.


Cook at 160°C for 2.5 hours on the centre shelf of your oven.


Serve with rice or mash/roasted potatoes.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Amount per serving
  • Calories1,203
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat110 g141.03%
  • Saturated Fat39 g195%
  • Polyunsaturated Fat12 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat52 g
  • Cholesterol146 mg48.67%
  • Sodium294 mg12.78%
  • Total Carbohydrate27 g9.82%
  • Dietary Fiber5 g17.86%
  • Total Sugars18 g
  • Protein24 g48%
Pork Belly in Tomato Sauce

Be aware this recipe will put your diet at risk. It’s oily, full of calories and carbs and it’s crazy delicious! If you are not afraid of some calories and would like to enjoy a mouth-watering comfort dinner, give it a try.

This meal has become a Sunday dinner staple in our house as we cook it at least once a month. The flavours in this recipe are well balanced and compliment each other. The soft juicy pork belly goes amazingly well with sweet and sticky tomato sauce. Braising pork in rich tomato sauce is best served with rice. You can mix chilli sauce into the tomatoes before you put everything into the oven, but I leave this step out as my boys are not able to tolerate the heat just yet.

How Long to Cook Pork Belly In the Oven?

The amount of time you cook the pork belly for will vary depending on the thickness, and whether you are cooking it in a sauce or not. For this recipe where the strips are about 2 cm thick and will be cooked in a sauce, 2-2.5 hours will suffice.

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