Fennel, Chilli and Orange Pork Belly Buns with Roast Garlic Mayo, Pink Pickled Onions and Scratchings by The Salt Box

Oct 31, 2017 | Pork Recipes, Recipes

This​ pork belly ​recipe​ by The Salt Box ​is​ ​an​ ​incredibly​ ​simple​ ​way​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​porchetta​ ​style​ ​BBQ​ ​pork​ ​sandwich, by​ ​introducing​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​well​ ​known​ porchetta ​flavours into​ ​the ​spice​ ​mix​. You​ ​can​ ​make​ ​more​ ​than​ ​you​ ​need​ ​of​ ​this​ ​spice​ ​rub​ ​as​ ​it​ ​will​ ​keep​ ​well​ ​in​ ​an​ ​airtight container, just leave out the​ ​orange​ ​zest​  – ​otherwise​ ​it​ ​will​ ​make​ ​the​ ​mix​ ​wet​ ​when stored for longer periods.​

Ingredients (Serves 4)

For the Pork:

  • 750g​ ​pork​ ​belly,​ ​cut​ ​into​ ​thin​ ​strips​ ​rind​ ​removed
  • 2​ ​tbsp​ ​fennel​ ​seeds
  • 1​ ​tbsp​ ​chilli​ ​flakes
  • 1⁄2​ ​tsp​ ​garlic​ ​granules
  • 1 tsp​ ​dried​ ​sage
  • 1t sp​ ​dried​ ​rosemary
  • 1​ ​tsp​ ​dried​ ​thyme
  • 3​ ​tbsp​ ​Maldon​ ​sea​ ​salt
  • 1 tsp​ ​orange​ ​zest

For the Roast Garlic Mayo:

  • 1​ ​head​ ​of​ ​garlic
  • 250ml​ ​mayo
  • 1​ ​lemon​ ​zest​ ​and​ ​juice

For the Pink Pickled Onions:

  • 1​ ​red​ ​onion
  • 100ml​ ​red​ ​wine​ ​vinegar
  • 1⁄2​ ​tsp​ ​mustard​ ​seeds
  • 1⁄4​ ​tsp​ ​chilli​ ​flakes
  • 6​ ​pepper​​corns
  • 1⁄2​ ​tsp​ ​fennel​ ​seeds
  • Juice​ ​of​ ​2​ ​limes

Other Ingredients:

  • 4​ ​sourdough​ ​rolls
  • Small​ ​bag​ ​of​ ​pork scratchings
  • Small​ ​bag​ of crisp​ ​salad​ ​leaves


For the pork:

  1. To start with, make the spice rub. Toast the fennel and chilli flakes in a dry pan, then once toasted allow to cool before grinding. Add the rest of the spice ingredients and lightly grind with a pestle and mortar.
  2. Sprinkle the belly strips with the spice rub liberally all over and set aside for an hour to take on all the flavours.

For the mayo:

  1. Light your bbq and start to slowly roast your garlic on the edge of the heat until cooked through. Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Finely grate the lemon zest and place in a bowl.
  3. Halve the lemon and place cut side down over the grill, allowing it to caramelise over the coals. Cool slightly then squeeze the juice out of the lemons and add to the zest and the mayo.
  4. Gently squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins and mash with a fork. Add the garlic to the mayo mix and place in the fridge until needed.

For the pickled onion:

  1. Peel and slice the onion as finely as possible. Place the sliced onions in a non metallic bowl.
  2. Juice the limes and mix with the red wine vinegar, mustard seeds, chilli flakes, peppercorns and fennel seeds.
  3. Cover the onions with the pickle mix and stir to coat. Cover the onions and set aside for at least 10 minutes or until they have taken on a vibrant pink colour.

To assemble:

  1. Place the pork belly strips directly onto the grill and cook on a high heat until the fat renders and becomes crispy. Turn after 2-3 minutes and do the same on the other side.
  2. Whilst the pork is cooking slice the sourdough rolls, drizzle with olive oil and warm over the grill.
  3. Once the pork is cooked allow to rest for a minute or two.
  4. Now it’s time to assemble your buns. Slather each side with the garlic mayo, topped with a few salad leaves, 2-3 pork belly strips, a small handful of pink pickled onion and finally top with little nuggets of pork scratchings.

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