For the pork belly:
- 3.3-4.4lbs free-range pork belly, skin on
- ⅗ cup rock salt
For the sugar pie rub:
- ⅖ cup maple sugar
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tbsp cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp Spanish smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp onion granules
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
For the pork pouring glaze:
- ⅗ cup pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
- ⅗ cup sherry vinegar
- 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- Leftovers from the sugar pie rub
For the creamed corn:
- 4 ears of corn
- 2 large red chillies, finely diced
- 1 small brown onion, diced
- clove of garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
- ⅗ cup single cream
- 1 tsp sea salt flakes
- ½ tsp black pepper, freshly cracked
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 ½ tsp creole seasoning
- Parsley, freshly chopped
- Spring onion, freshly chopped
- 3 tsp pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
For the charred cabbage:
- 2 hispi cabbages, cut into quarters
- Olive oil, for brushing
- Splash of maple vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
To make the pork belly:
- Take a sharp paring knife and make lots and lots of small stabs into the pork skin. The more you make, the better the crackling. Take care not to go all the way through to the meat.
- Cover liberally with the rock salt, and leave uncovered in the fridge overnight in a shallow baking tin. This will start to wick the moisture from the skin and give you shatteringly tasty crackling when you cook it. N.B. Using rock salt is key as it won’t absorb into the skin as much as smaller-grained salts.
- Remove the pork from the fridge the next day. Using a paper towel, wipe off all the excess rock salt. Dry the pork belly all over with a paper towel.
- Place the pork, skin side down on some paper towels and Liberally sprinkle the sugar pie rub all over the meaty side. You won’t need any on the skin.
- Set back in the fridge while you prepare your side dishes.
- Set up your BBQ at 180°C for indirect cooking. Place your pork belly skin-side up on the grill, with a foil pan below the grates to catch any fat. Close the lid of your BBQ. The pork belly should take around 40-50 minutes to cook.
- When your pork has cooked, you’ll want to let it rest for around 10-15 mins.
To make the creamed corn:
- Take the corn ears and grill on all sides so it gets a nice char
- In a hot pan, add the butter and sauté the onion, garlic and chillies until softened.
- Then run a knife down the cobs to hull the corn. Add this to the pan and stir frequently, adding your seasoning.
- When all the vegetables have softened, add half to a food processor with the cream. Blitz until fairly smooth.
- Add the creamy mixture back to the pan with the remaining half of the mixture.
- Adjust the seasoning as you like it then finish with the coriander.
To make the charred cabbage:
- Take your hispi cabbages and grill them on the cut sides until the cabbages have softened.
- Set aside the cabbages. You can keep them warm in the oven, or on the indirect side of the grill until you’re ready to eat them.
- To serve, season with sea salt flakes, cracked black pepper and a splash of maple vinegar.
- To serve, put the side dishes in serving bowls for guests to help themselves.
- Slice the pork into finger-thick slices on a serving platter and drizzle over the pork glaze.
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