02/10/2014 08:59 am ET Updated Apr 20, 2015

The Pork Belly Recipes You Never Knew You Needed

Certain dishes are just plain intimidating to recreate in a home kitchen. Like pork belly. It's tender fat, crisp skin, and flavorful meat have made this cut of pork a current favorite among professional chefs, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's difficult to make.

If you can fry up a piece of bacon, you can cook pork belly like a boss. Pork belly is actually easier to get right, and can be cooked in so many different ways. Roasting this affordable cut of pork in the oven will produce skin so crispy, it's addictive. And if you want to eat the most tender piece of meat you've ever stuck a fork in, you can opt to braise it. With a little kitchen confidence, and the recipes below, you can make pork belly just as perfectly as any trained chef.

  • 1 Cantonese Roast Pork Belly
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  • 2 Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Belly Pasta
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  • 3 Roasted Pork Belly
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  • 4 Braised Pork Belly With Arrowhead Root
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  • 5 Watermelon Feta And Crispy Pork Belly Salad
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  • 6 Stout Brined Crispy Chili Brown Sugar Pork Belly
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  • 7 Pork Belly Buns
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  • 8 Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly
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  • 9 Miso Pork Belly Stack
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  • 10 Twice Cooked Pork
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  • 11 Braised Pork Belly Tacos With Watermelon, Jicama & Jalapeño Salsa
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  • 12 Creme Brulee Pork Belly Confit
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  • 13 Korean-Style Marinated Spicy Pork Belly
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  • 14 Steamed Pork Belly With Preserved Mustard Greens
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  • 15 Homemade Bacon
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  • 16 Guinness Lacquered Pork Belly
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  • 17 Canal House's Pork Belly With Gingery Rhubarb Compote
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  • 18 Seared Pork Belly With Green Pepper Pinchos
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  • 19 Buta No Kakuni (Japanese Braised Pork Belly)
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  • 20 Pork Belly With Caramel Sauce
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