Slow-cooked pork belly with a sweet, spicy and sour sauce

Slow-cooked pork belly with a sweet, spicy and sour sauce

Torreznos con mojo dulce

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Spanish Made Simple
Serves
4

Who doesn’t like slow-cooked, soft pork belly? And if, to something this scrumptious, you add the Mojo Dulce sauce that hundreds of customers in my tapas bars have asked me to bottle and sell, then I think we have a winner.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1kg pork belly
1 tablespoon rock salt
250ml white wine or beer
600g new potatoes

For the mojo dulce sauce

Quantity Ingredient
6 dried cayenne or bird’s eye chilli peppers, finely chopped
10g ground cumin
10g sweet pimenton
10g black pepper powder
5g ground cinnamon
10g dried oregano
5g salt
75ml sherry vinegar
50ml extra virgin olive oil
150g sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Score the skin of the pork belly by running a sharp knife from side to side. Place in a roasting dish, skin side up, rub with the rock salt and pour the wine or beer around the meat. Slow-cook for 4 hours. Add the new potatoes around the meat in the dish 1½ hours before the end of the cooking time.
  3. To make the Mojo Dulce sauce, first measure all the spices, the oregano and the salt into a small bowl. Measure out the sherry vinegar, olive oil and 200ml water.
  4. Pour another 50ml water into a small saucepan over a medium heat and add the sugar. Allow the sugar to melt, without stirring, to make a syrup. When the syrup turns to amber, tip in all the dried spices and give them a good stir for about 10 seconds. The caramel will toast the spices very quickly so don’t leave them any longer. Pour the vinegar, oil and water mixture straight into the pan and keep stirring so that the caramel dissolves. Simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes and then take a hand blender, while the pan is still over the heat, and blitz for 1 minute to emulsify the sauce. Keep the blender away from the heat source.
  5. Serve your pork belly with the roasted new potatoes and pour the thick Mojo Dulce over the top.

Note

  • If you have any leftovers, shred the pork belly, mix it with a bit of the sauce, put some cheese over it and make a really good crusty-bread sandwich.
Tags:
Spanish
simple
weekday
tapas
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