Roasted Pork Belly – Barriga de Porco Assada

Although grilling season is a perfect time for this cut of pork, roasting in the oven works well too.  Just add a salad, bread and wine and you are good to go.


Preheat oven to 425° F.

3 pounds pork belly

season salt to taste

fresh ground black pepper to taste

sweet or smoked paprika to taste

1 – 2 bay leaves crumbled

chili pepper paste to taste

2-3 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Lay the pork belly on your work space.  Score the skin in a diamond pattern.
  2. Make a paste of salt, pepper, paprika and crumbled bay leaves. Drizzle in the olive. Coat the meat on both sides. 
  3. Transfer the belly to a shallow roasting pan and roast for about 20 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 325°F and continue roasting for another 1 and 1/2 hours,  or until fork tender.


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