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Hot smoked pork belly  – smoky, juicy, delicious

Today I’m going to show you how to make hot smoked pork belly with cream. With a moderate amount of effort, you can achieve a super tasty result.

The hot smoked pork belly impresses with its intense smoky flavor and juicy texture. The pork belly is wet-cured before smoking.

The finished pork belly can be served warm or cold, either fried in thick slices like bacon or wafer-thin on delicious bread. It is important that you remove the rind beforehand.

Here you can find the complete hot smoked pork belly recipe as a video or to read through.

Have fun and good luck making it!

Hot smoked pork belly – What do you need to make it?

hot smoked pork belly - all ingredients

Ingredients per 1 kg 

  • 100 % pork belly (1000 g)

Spices per kg

The equipment to make hot smoked pork belly

Injection Needle + Syringe

In order to inject the brine into the meat (the process ensures that the meat remains juicy), you will need a roasting syringe. If you don’t have one yet, you can buy one for around €10.


You will need the smoker to smoke your pork belly.

Make hot smoked pork belly yourself – Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Put all the spices in a saucepan with the water and bring the brine to the boil briefly. Leave to infuse for 20-30 minutes and then leave to cool.

2. When the brine is cold, you can pour it through a sieve so that you don’t have any pieces in the brine. Optionally also through a kitchen towel. 

hot smoked pork belly - sieve

3. Now inject 20 – 25 % brine into the pork belly using a syringe. You can stop as soon as you notice that the brine is leaking out more and more. My tip: Weigh the pork belly for this. This will give you a good overview. 

hot smoked pork belly - needle

4. Then place the pork belly with the remaining brine in a resealable bag.

hot smoked pork belly - bag

5. Now squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible. Try not to squeeze the pork belly too much (otherwise the brine will leak out again). You can then seal the bag.

hot smoked pork belly - bag

6. The pork belly must now be cured in the fridge for at least 3 days (if you have a larger piece, you will need to cure it for longer). Important: Turn the pork belly every day so that the brine can penetrate from all sides and spread well. 

hot smoked pork belly - cure

7. Pat the meat dry with a kitchen towel. Then insert a hook into the piece of cured meat. This will make it easier to hang up afterwards. Alternatively, you can also hang the pork belly with kitchen twine.

hot smoked pork belly - hang

8. Hang your pork belly in the smoker and dry it for approx. 30 minutes at 50 °C (122 °F) without smoke.

hot smoked pork belly - 50 °C

9. After 30 minutes, increase the temperature to 80 °C (176 °F) and smoke the ham for approx. 1 hour.

hot smoked pork belly - 80 °C

10. After an hour, increase the temperature to 110 – 120 °C (230.0 – 248.0 °F) and continue smoking the pork belly until it has reached a core temperature of approx. 78 – 80 °C (172.4 – 176 °F).  

hot smoked pork belly - 110 °C

11. Your hot smoked pork belly is ready 😄. Enjoy the taste.

hot smoked pork belly - ready

How long is the shelf life of the hot smoked pork belly ?

Your pork belly will keep for about a week in the fridge. The alternative is to vacuum-seal the pork belly in portions. It should keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge if vacuum-sealed. You can also freeze it. This increases the shelf life many times over.



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