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How To Cook Costco Pork Belly

Find out how to bake, grill, pan-fry, or air-fry pork belly slices or strips from Costco; they are simple to prepare and incredibly delectable in any of these cooking methods!

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

  • Pork belly slices or strips: You can buy them already cut, if they are available, or you can buy a whole slab of meat and cut it yourself.
  • Pork belly strips are delicious with just salt and pepper; you can use only these spices. Add sweet and smoked paprika and some garlic powder for more flavor.
  • Alternatives: Salt and pepper aren’t the only spices you can use. Your favorite seasonings can also be used.
How To Cook Costco Pork Belly
How To Cook Costco Pork Belly

What Are Pork Belly Strips?

Cuts are made from the underside of a pig that is fat and boneless. The part of the animal that remains after the loin and ribs have been removed.

Pork belly is the same cut as bacon. While the thick slices and strips are usually fresh and still have their skins, the bacon is skinned, thinly sliced, cured, and smoked prior to consumption. Sliced, cured, but unsmoked pieces of Italian pancetta.

Is Pork Belly The Same As Bacon?

No, not exactly. The two types of meat come from the same area of the animal’s abdomen, but bacon is typically smoked, cured, and thinly sliced, while pork belly is fresh.

Pork belly is usually sold whole. Even when it is sliced, the slices are usually much thicker than bacon slices. Again, the meat is fresh – not cured, smoked, dried, or salted.

Where Can I Buy Pork Belly Slices?

They are available at Costco and sometimes at Whole Foods. Can’t find them? You can also buy a whole pork belly and cut it into strips yourself.

You’ll need a sharp chef’s knife and some patience, but it’s possible. You can do it.

You will need to remove the skin if you have a skin-on belly. That’s a bit more difficult, but I’ve managed it as well and then made tasty pork rinds with the skin.

How To Cook Costco Pork Belly
How To Cook Costco Pork Belly

How To Cook Costco Pork Belly In the Oven?

  • Start by preheating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spread aluminum foil or baking paper on a baking tray.
  • Then arrange your Costco Pork Belly after seasoning it on the tray
  • Bake your Costco Pork Belly in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the oven.

How To Cook Costco Pork Belly in the skillet?

  • Heat a large thick-bottomed skillet (a cast-iron skillet works well).
  • Put your Costco Pork Belly in the pan and cook it for 5-7 minutes for each side.
  • Flip the meat frequently while cooking using tongs to do so.
  • During the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, add the sauce. Lower the temperature and turn the meat frequently to coat them evenly.

How To Cook Costco Pork Belly in the Air Fryer?

  1. You may need to preheat the air fryer; mine needs about three minutes for preheating.
  2. Arrange the well-seasoned Costco Pork Belly pieces in a single layer in the basket.
  3. Cook for 12-15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping twice during that time. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the slices. Be sure to check the internal temperature.
  4. Before serving, drizzle with your favorite BBQ or Asian sweet chili sauce.

How To Cook Costco Pork Belly On the Grill?

For grilling pork belly slices, I always buy already sliced meat. The slices are always thinner, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch/6-12 mm thick.

  1. At least 30 minutes before cooking, rub your favorite dry rub on the meat.
  2. In addition, you can marinate it for at least three and up to twelve hours in your favorite marinade. When grilling, let any excess marinade drip off.
  3. Fire up the grill.
  4. Depending on the thickness of the slices, grill the Costco Pork Belly until charred, but not burnt; it shouldn’t take long, about 2 minutes for each side.
How To Cook Costco Pork Belly
How To Cook Costco Pork Belly

How To Cut Pork Belly Slices?

Make sure you use a sturdy, large, sharp knife. The meat should always be chilled before slicing.
It is even possible to freeze a large slab for 30 minutes to 1 hour before slicing, especially if you plan to slice it very thinly.

  • The oven method: I like thicker slices, about 3/4 – 1 inch/ 2-2 1/2 cm thick.
  • Pan and air fryer method: cut into thinner slices, about 1/2 inch/1.5 cm.
  • Grill method: I like even thinner slices, about 1/4-1/2 inch/ 6-12 mm.

How To Store Costco Pork Belly Leftovers?

Keep your Costco Pork Belly leftovers in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days in an airtight container. Reheat with a microwave. It would be unpleasant to eat them cold because they are so fatty.

The leftovers can also be frozen for up to two months. Defrost in the refrigerator and reheat thoroughly before serving.

What To Serve With Costco Pork Belly?

How To Cook Costco Pork Belly
How To Cook Costco Pork Belly

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Costco Pork Belly Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving ( 1 slice | 91g grams )

  • Calories 320
  • Total Fat 28g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Cholesterol 55mg
  • Sodium 590mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 5g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Protein 13g
  • Calcium 12%
  • Iron 1%

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How To Cook Costco Pork Belly

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time:1 hour Rest time: minutesTotal time:1 hour 10 minutesServings:12 servingsCalories:320 kcal Best Season:Available

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Find out how to bake, grill, pan-fry, or air-fry pork belly slices or strips from Costco; they are simple to prepare and incredibly delectable in any of these cooking methods!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spread aluminum foil or baking paper on a baking tray.
  3. Then arrange your Costco Pork Belly after seasoning it on the tray
  4. Bake your Costco Pork Belly in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the oven.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 12


Amount Per Serving
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g44%
Saturated Fat 11g56%
Cholesterol 55mg19%
Sodium 590mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 5g2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 4g
Protein 13g26%

Calcium 12%
Iron 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.