Blood Orange BBQ Pork Belly Toasts with Pickled Red Onion
Makes 3 dozen
For the pork belly:
One 2-pound piece of boneless, skinless pork belly
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large onion, cut into thick wedges
1/2 fennel bulb, cut in thirds, fronds reserved
2 to 3 sprigs thyme
4 strips blood orange or regular orange zest
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 jar of Bellisari’s Barista Sauce or Saigon Street Sauce
1 large baguette or 2 medium baguettes, cut into 40 1/4-inch thick slices and toasted
Reserved fennel fronds, roughly chopped
Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, for sprinkling
Cook the pork belly:
Preheat the oven to 325°F. With a very sharp knife, score the fat of the pork belly into 1/2-inch diagonal lines starting at one corner; repeat going the opposite direction to create a 1/2-inch cross-hatch pattern. Season very generously with salt and pepper on both sides of the pork.
Place the onion, fennel, thyme and orange peel in the bottom of a small roasting pan. Lay the pork on top of the vegetables, then pour the oil, wine and broth on and around the pork belly. Cover the pan with foil and cook pork until it is easily pierced with a knife, about 3 hours.
Assemble the toasts:
When ready to serve, heat the broiler. Slice the pork belly across into 1/2-inch slices, then cut each slice into thirds. Arrange the slices on a rimmed baking sheet, cut side down; brush with Bellisari’s Barista Sauce or Saigon Street Sauce and broil until crisped. Place one piece of pork on each toast; top with a little more sauce, pickled red onion, fennel fronds, and a pinch of flaky sea salt.
**For the pickled red onion:
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
Make the pickled red onions:
Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, and 1/2 cup warm water in a medium bowl and stir to dissolve. Add the sliced onion and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour (or refrigerate at least overnight and up to 1 week).