3lbsPork Belly (the Costco one is about 10″ in length and weighs about 1 1/2 lb per slice)
2tbsp Neutral Cooking Oil
1/3Cup Japanese sake
1/3Cup Soy Sauce
2Stalk Green Onions
Gather all the ingredients.
Cut pork belly into 4 inch length by 1-2 inch thickness as shown below. Rub salt onto all sides of the pork belly and set aside.
Thinly slice ginger and jalapeno. Set aside.
Grind garlic with a grinder or a garlic press and set side.
In a small mixing bowl, add water, Japanese sake, Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit, sliced ginger, sliced jalapeno and grated garlic. Mix well, pour sauce into a medium sized stove top pot and place on low heat.
In the meantime, add cooking oil into a cast iron pan and bring to smoking temperature (to where oil lightly smokes). Note – cast iron pan gets very hot, so please where mitts if you need to handle the pan. Once up to temperature, carefully add pork belly. Sear all 4 sides for 1 minute per side. Once seared, transfer to a holding plate.
Now bring sauce in medium sized stove top pot from step 5) to a boil. Once boiling, add seared pork belly inside. Reduce to low heat and cook 7/8 the way covered for 1 hour. Just make sure to mix around every now and then to avoid burning the bottom.
In the meantime, slice green onions and set aside.
After 1 hour has passed, remove the cover and raise heat to medium-low. Cook for an extra 10-15 minutes to reduce the sauce. Keep an eye on this as it goes from done to burnt in 2.7 seconds flat!
Once most of the sauce is reduced, remove from heat. Slice pork belly long ways and transfer to serving plate. Garnish with green onions and enjoy!