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Side Pork

I was given some sliced side pork, which looks like this-sliced bacon. I tried frying a piece like bacon, and it was...not good. Or at least not bacon, which is what I was somewhat foolishly expecting.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to use this stuff? I've got about a pound. I guess I could use it in baked beans, but a girl can only eat so many baked beans, you know?

asked by amandaruth almost 4 years ago
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added almost 4 years ago

I once did a tamarind-marinated thinly sliced pork belly that we grilled and it was wonderful. That might work! We served it on rice with chopped green onions, peanuts, pickled veggies, lime, cilantro and sambal.

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added almost 4 years ago

The reason it doesn't taste like bacon is because it's not cured/smoked. You need to put some elbow grease into it. Pork belly, as savorthis noted is a staple in Asian cuisines. Here's my own recipe for pork shoulder which you can reverse engineer back to pork belly http://food52.com/recipes... But if you are ambitious you could also smoke it outside over a WOOD charcoal fire.

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added almost 4 years ago

Braise it, http://whiteonricecouple...

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added almost 4 years ago

Also, Dubu Kimchi, http://www.koreanbapsang...
It's really good, as long as you like kimchi.

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added almost 4 years ago

My grandmother has cooked thinly sliced "fresh side", rind included, for breakfast for decades. She dredges it in flour, salt, and pepper and shallow-fries it in a little Wesson oil. Then she uses the drippings to make gravy to pour over biscuits. It's so good that I'm actually unhappy with sausage gravy most of the time -- you've been warned!

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added almost 4 years ago

Sounds like you might have fatback, which tends to be really fatty and incredibly salty. My dad loves the stuff, but I can't stomach it on its own. It's a great seasoning for beans, greens, soups and stews, and even cornbread.

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added over 1 year ago

My mom floured it and fried it, and i'm sure if you seasoned it with your favorite seasonings it would taste better.
I like it more than bacon.

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added over 1 year ago

You could try curing your own bacon? Side pork is basically meat from the pork belly that is uncured.

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