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Smoked Pork Belly Slices

These smoked and seared pork belly slices are just what you need if you are looking for an appetizer that will take your party or get together to the next level. It's like bacon on steroids and you'll wonder why you've never made these before!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Barbecue, Grilling With Smoke, Hot Smoking
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Author Jeff Phillips


  • 3-4 lbs pork belly slices (¼ thick is perfect)
  • Kosher salt (for the dry brine)
  • Jeff's original rub recipe


  • Lay the strips of pork belly on a flat sheet pan for dry brining.
  • Sprinkle salt on the top side of the meat at about 10% coverage then place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Flip the meat over, salt the other side in the same way and place it back in the fridge for another hour.
  • After the 2nd hour, the meat is ready to be seasoned with the original rub.
  • Season both sides liberally with Jeff's original rub waiting in between top side and bottom side for the rub to acquire that "wet' look before flipping them over.
  • Smoke the pork belly slices at 240°F for approximately 90 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 200-205 °F as measured by an instant-read hand-held digital thermometer such as the Thermapen or ThermoPop.
  • When finished, remove them from the smoker and let them cool for about an hour. You can also place them in the fridge to cool for longer if you are making them ahead of time.
  • Just before serving, heat a skillet or electric griddle to medium heat and cook both sides of the pork belly slices until they are seared but not blackened.
  • Serve immediately.