I have a dish for you pork lovers – Sweet Spicy Mezcal Pork Belly. An indulgent dish for grown-ups, nicely sweet, smoky spicy and laced with liquor!
Ooh this is a good one folks, a true guilty pleasure.
Sweet Spicy Mezcal Pork Belly is definitely one to share. One slice makes for a great appetizer all by itself, placed on a small plate doused in its sauce. Alternatively, serve on a bed of rice, cut into chunks with a side of veggies for balance.
I used pre-cut slices of Berkshire pork. Berkshire pork is my favorite, it’s very tasty, naturally reared, and the cuts are very meaty. However, you can use any kind of pork belly that you can get your hands, it’s a great dish no matter the variety of pork.
Sweet Spicy Mezcal Pork Belly is marinated overnight in adobo sauce, honey, sherry vinegar, Mezcal and salt. Later, the pork belly is cooked until the edges of each piece of meat is charred. Finally, a sauce is created and then poured over the pork belly and served immediately. Delicious – right?
I was inspired by this dish after eating brunch at at Bagatelle. A French restaurant in the Meatpacking District in New York.
Bagatelle is a great place to celebrate, if you have the moola to spare. If you go, get yourself some champagne and wait for the shades to lower. Its crazy fun! Surprisingly, bottle service is an event in of itself so pay attention. I cannot remember the last time I saw so many people spending so much money on fun in the afternoon. It’s rather alarming.
But I digress, let’s get back to the Sweet Spicy Mezcal Pork Belly.
I must admit, this hits the emergency scale on the cholesterol meter. However, I think you will agree that although it may not be good for the body, it is certainly good for the soul.
If you have friends who would swat you out of their lives if you served them a hearty piece of Sweet Spicy Mezcal Pork Belly. Rather than risking hearing rumors accusing you of trying to derail their happy health-conscious lifestyles, you can convert this dish into a type of amuse bouche, and serve a slither on a decorative spoon sitting in its sauce. Trust me, they’ll love it to0.