Pork Belly Sliders and Recipes for Superbowl Bites

by heidi on January 30, 2012

I have a long tradition with the Superbowl, and most of them I even remember past the 3rd quarter.

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Now let me just say, in my defense, those memories usually depended upon which team I picked to win. And sometimes I wasn’t such a good picker.

Back in the day when my friends and I still thought we could hang like we did in college, if your chosen team was scored upon in any which way, it was a side game bet for our fellow party goers to see just how easily us losers could traverse crawling OUT the living room window, dropping DOWN to the driveway and partaking of a penalty shot. Oh. How. Dumb. In. Our. Youth. Yet another reason I’m thankful my twenties are in my rear view mirror.

This year, given my beloved 49ers are out of the running, it REALLY, really, really is all about the food: making, eating and grazing again.

FoodieCrush Pork Belly Sliders
G-dawg was fiddling around with a recipe for Pork Belly—which turned out deliciously—to top Ramen—that failed miserably—so we had a bunch of the bacon-ey slabs of love left over.
Always a fan of pork in any form—especially when it’s salty, peppery and crusty—he pulled together a quick and delicious version of a Banh Mi sandwich but in a manageable mini variety.

He’s a good cook that boy.

Pork Belly Sliders. Perfect for a crowd, easy to assemble and tangily tastily delicious. Take that Tom Brady.

Pork Belly Sliders

Serving Size: 8-10

Pork Belly Sliders

Ingredients

For the Slow Roasted Pork Belly
5 pounds pork belly
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
For the Asian Slaw
2 carrots, peeled and julienned
1/2 English cucumber, seeded and julienned
1/2 Fuji apple, julienned
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup mirin
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
pinch or more of red pepper flakes, to taste for spicy heat
For the Chipotle Mayonnaise
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 medium canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 teaspoon adobo sauce
To assemble Sandwiches
dozen slider buns or dinner rolls
arugula

Instructions

    For the Slow Roasted Pork Belly
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Remove skin from the piece of meat. Score the fat cap in criss cross sections through the fat but not into the meat itself. Generously coat with salt and pepper, rubbing into the criss cross sections and on all sides of the meat.
  3. Place in a roasting pan fat side up and roast in oven for 3 hours. After 3 hours, increase heat to 400 degrees and bake for another half an hour basting every 10 minutes until crunchy on top.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool. You can make this ahead of time and put in refrigerator until ready to make sandwiches.
  5. For the Asian Slaw
  6. Combine all ingredients. Put in refrigerator to chill for an hour or longer for flavors to blend.
  7. For the Chipotle Mayonnaise
  8. Combine ingredients. Chill in refrigerator until ready to assemble sandwiches.
  9. To assemble Sandwiches
  10. Slice pork belly into 1/4" slices. If pork has been reserved in refrigerator, reheat slices in fry pan.
  11. Slice slider buns in half, slather sides with chipotle mayonnaise.
  12. Layer arugula, two pork belly slices and a heaping of Asian slaw mixture. Top with bun and serve.
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 Let’s not go getting all stuffed with big portions okay? Here’s a few slider ideas to keep your appetite at optimum grazing levels.

Foodie Crush I Adore Food Mini Pulled Pork Sliders
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Susie keeps her Sundays tuned out of T.V. and focused on family time but is breaking her ban on Sunday T.V. thanks to the big game. But it there’s one television event to bring the fan together, do it with Return to Sunday Supper’s Super BLT Bites on Sourdough with Tarragon Mayonnaise .
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How easy, and how BAD do I NEED to curb my chicken wing fix for game day? Here’s a new twist: Blog Chef‘s recipe for Buffalo Chicken Sliders  on those lil’ bitty buns! Bobby pulls this recipe together easy peasy reminding us you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to make it taste gooooood.
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Posted in: appetizers and small bites,entrees,meat and seafood,sandwiches

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 30, 2012 at 12:24 am

I don’t eat meat, don’t like it, and it takes a lot for me to be impressed by meat-based photography…but you did it. Gorgeous pics!

Have a great Superbowl!

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Kathryn January 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

These would be perfect for any kind of party, I love the flavours of that crispy slaw and the spicy mayonnaise.

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

The slaw is sooo good, my husband has an obsession with adding Fuji apples to everything.

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Bev Weidner January 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

I want every single slider to slide down my throat this instant before I have a conniption.

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

A conniption–thats totally my mom’s saying!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. January 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

wow ! You go girl! Just tweeted and pinned

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Thank you Alison for all of you SM work :)

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Michelle January 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

YUM!!!! it’s so hard to choose which one!!! I’ll have to try a few :)

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Will you invite me over when you try the sliders out? ;)

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Jillian Nicole January 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

Oh yum! This all looks amazing and that Chipotle Mayo sounds divine! Can’t wait to try it!:)

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

The chipotle mayo is good indeed, and if you’d like, siracha is a fine substitute.

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Renee @ The Way to My Family's Heart January 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thank you for giving me a reason to buy the pork belly I eye up every time I pass it at the market. I can’t wait to try this one!

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

We can only find pork belly at the Asian market. Where do you find yours?

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kelley January 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

Pork belly and I have a bit of history if you know what I mean. I can’t get enough and I keep going back. And that BLT slider? Um, yeah. I don’t even know where to begin with that one.

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Pork pot pork. Pigging out on pork. Kinda a Superbowl theme right?

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Maria January 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

That is some serious Super Bowl grub! Very nice!

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I should have included a veg version for you and Averie, bad mom!

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Russell at Chasing Delicious January 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Oh my gosh look at all these scrumptious sliders. In the words of my favorite meme, Want all the sliders! Yum!

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Thank you! I’ve become pretty partial to the little dudes.

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Cookie and Kate January 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Your intro made me smile. I have a soft spot for silly drinking games. Maybe it’s because I’m in my 20s. My favorite? Drinking to R. Kelly’s hiphopera. Omg Heidi, it’s hilarious.

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heidi January 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Can’t wait for us to meet in person to roll that one out, I have a feeling I’ll lose #productofthe80s

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vianney-sweet life January 31, 2012 at 4:43 am

My beloved team is also out of the running (Houston texans) so I plan to eat my pain away. These sliders would go great at our Sbowl party -one of each please, lol!!

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau January 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

I need those pork belly sliders, like REALLY REALLY need those sliders right now. They just look like the perfect combo of textures and flavors.

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heidi January 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

If you like salty with sour and a hit of spicey, this is your recipe.

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Delishhh January 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Superbowl or not i can have any of these sliders any day – wow what a spread!

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Deborah January 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Ok, first of all, those pork belly sliders are giving me a serious craving late at night !! All of these look delicious – I want them all for the big game!

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Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 1, 2012 at 4:42 am

Those pork belly sliders sound really good!

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Tina @ mylifeasamrs February 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

These look to.die.for!!!! holy cow!

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Magic of Spice February 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I don’t eat meat but my family does…some great looking sliders here!

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