boneless lechon

December 25, 2020
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Photo by Mr. Hugh's Kitchen
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 3 hours
  • Serves 10
Author Notes

Cebu-style roasted pork belly rolled into lechon shape, filled with green onions, lemongrass, and chilis. Cebu lechon is best paired with cane vinegar with crushed garlic, because it’s usually saltier and more flavorful than the Lechon from Luzon. —Mr. Hugh's Kitchen

What You'll Need
  • 2500 grams pork belly
  • 5 pieces fresh lemon grass
  • 8 pieces fresh green onions
  • 2 whole garlic sliced
  • 2 tablespoons iodized salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 chopped red chili or cayenne powder
  • Butcher’s twine
  • Soy sauce
  • Canola oil
  • Water
  • Sea salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Lemongrass
  • Red onions
  • 1/2 cup Cane vinegar
  • 2 minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Sili
  1. Prepare your brine. Just simply add 3tbsp sea salt and 2 tbsp brown sugar to every 1 liter of water used. With 2.5kg pork belly, you may need about 3 liters of water. In a pot, put your brine mixture with 1 stalk lemongrass and roughly chopped red onions. Bring it to a soft boil for about 5 minutes, to ensure aroma and taste from the herb and spice have combined well into the brine. Let it cool completely.
  2. Prepare your pork belly. Wash and rub it with sea salt three times to remove any impurities. After washing, on a dry and clean surface, lay the pork belly flat, skin-side down. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, remove the white fat-like layer, as this will make your lechon very greasy. Once done, using a kitchen knife, score the meat just about a half a centimeter deep. Scoring the meat means cutting slits on the meat. This will help in absorbing the brine and the rub later on.
  3. Brine the pork belly. Put your prepared pork belly in your container, then pour your brine. You can also include the lemongrass and red onions. Refrigerate (not freeze) for at least 12 hours.
  4. After brining, wash the pork belly with tap water about two times, to remove excess saltiness.
  5. Pat it dry with clean kitchen towel. Lay the pork belly flat, skin-side down, on a clean surface.
  6. Rub the salt and pepper all over the meat, except the skin. Adjust your salt and pepper according to your liking.
  7. Prepare the herbs. Clean the lemongrass and green onions, and make sure to remove the roots and dirt, as well as the dry layers. Using the back of a kitchen knife, slightly pound the lemongrass stalks to release its aroma. Cut the lemongrass and green onions according to the pork belly’s length.
  8. Put the filling into the pork belly and secure. Place the lemongrass, green onions and red chili at the center of the pork belly. Roll the pork belly, and make sure that almost all of the skin is exposed, to ensure crunch when cooked. Secure properly with butcher’s twine. It’s normal that some herbs and spices will fall off, but you can just insert it back to the pork belly roll. Once the pork belly is securely tied, wash the skin with soy sauce, just enough to give it a light brown color. Make sure to cover all skin surface with soy sauce.
  9. Roast the pork belly. Preheat oven at 160 degrees Celsius for about 8-10mins, and put it in rotisserie mode. While oven is preheating, insert the rotisserie rod in the pork belly and make sure it is secure enough when it turns. If your oven doesn’t have a rotisserie function, you can use the oven rack or a roasting rack. Using a baking dish/pan, pour a cup of water, and place the garlic, skin-side down, exposing the flat surface. Put it inside the oven, and place just below where the pork belly will be placed. If using a rack, you can place the rack on top of the baking dish/pan. Put the pork belly inside the oven, roast it at 160 degrees Celsius for 2.5 hours. If not on rotisserie mode, manually turn the pork belly every 30mins. Brush with soy sauce-canola oil mixture every 30mins. Add water to the baking dish/pan as needed during this period. This will also give you the chance to prepare your vinegar dip, and make sure you have cooked white rice!
  10. Make it crunchy! During the remaining 30mins, turn the heat up to 210 degrees celsius to successfully make the skin crunchy.
  11. After it is cooked, let is sit for at least 10 minutes, then serve with vinegar dip, or Mang Tomas

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