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5 Spice Braised Pork Belly - GAPS/Paleo



8 piece(s)

5 Spice Powder

  • 20 grams star anise
  • 20 grams cloves
  • 20 grams cinnamon
  • 20 grams Sichuan pepper
  • 20 grams fennel seeds


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon 5 Spice powder

The Pork

  • 8 pieces Pork Belly, finger sized
  • 2 tablespoons pork or beef fat, or oil

Recipe's preparation

    5 Spice Powder
  1. Grind the spices for 20 secs./slowly increasing to speed 10. 

  2. Set aside. 

  3. Marinade
  4. Chop the garlic for 4 secs./speed 5

  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix for 3 secs./speed3

  6. The Pork
  7. Heat a large pan with the fat or oil and fry the pork on all sides until well caramalised. Make sure you crisp up the skin on the top.

  8. Arrange in a small baking dish that is just large enough to hold all the pork. Make sure you arrange it so the skin is facing the top. 

  9. Carefully pour in the marrinade, making sure it comes at least 3/4 up the side of the pork. 

  10. Braise in a medium oven (160C-170C) for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Watch it carefully to ensure the liquid is high enough, adding more apple juice or water as needed and that the skin crisps up well but does not burn. 

  11. Once cooked set the pork aside or lay on a baking tray and crisp the skin under a grill, while you reduce the braising liquid until thick and syrupy to use as a dipping sauce. 


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You can of course make much more by doubling or trippling the recipe. But the best thing is to combine these with my Stuffed Chicken Wings as part of a banquet along with some steamed rice (or Cauli-Rice) and other simple dishes. 

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  • You only need to use 1

    Submitted by KellKat on 17. July 2016 - 00:28.

    You only need to use 1 teaspoon of the spice mix. The rest you can store to use later.

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  • This was amazing, however

    Submitted by taniabusby on 10. May 2015 - 18:40.

    This was amazing, however only use a qtr of the spices it says to use. it made enough to eat this for a year!!!

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  • Really great with my Stuffed

    Submitted by Stone Soup on 19. February 2014 - 16:36.

    Really great with my Stuffed Chicken Wings



    And Cauli Rice



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