How Dirk makes a Pork Belly – watch the video

Jul 20, 2018 | Blog, Foodie, Recipes

The winter chills have really set in. Making it just the right time to SLOW DOWN and warm up in front of the braai.

At the Black Oystercatcher, owners Dirk and Sandra Human did just that; getting back into the habit of slow-cooked meals.

So they got a fire going at the self-catering cottages, and pulled out their favourite Pork Belly recipe. It’s a meal that hearks back to days gone by: the intimacy of a slow meal, using healthy ingredients, and keeping all the nutritional goodies that slow-cooked meals offer.


Watch as Dirk and Sandra slow things down a little, and share their recipe and braai tips here:


Sit back, relax and enjoy


And it happens to pair really nicely with our winter-warming Black Oystercatcher Triton or Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend.



A Pork Belly

A Dry Rub consisting of: 

  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili flakes
  • Fennel seeds crushed
  • White pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • Bayleaves crushed
  • Salt
  • Lemon zest

And fresh lemon




Score the skin of the Pork Belly by making 1cm cuts on the one side. Rub the spice mix on the Pork Belly – make sure you cover all the angles.

Then straight onto the fire. We like to braai the Pork Belly by turning the braai grid vertical, and slowly roasting the meat, turning regularly.

To add some fun flavours, throw a few Rosemary sprigs on the fire, to infuse into the Pork Belly.

Once it’s looking nicely browned, take it from the fire and let it rest for 5 minutes. Cut the meat and squeeze some fresh lemon juice onto the Pork Belly. Serve with slow cooked potatoes and mielies – cooked in foil on the coals, while you braai the Pork Belly.

Depending on the heat of the fire, the Pork Belly will be ready in about 30 to 40 minutes after placing it on the fire.

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