Take-out Tuesday, Pork Belly Bites and Goodbye January

We had an impromptu family gathering Saturday evening

and I decided to try a couple of new recipes

to celebrate the end of this very cold January

We didn’t get any snow,

but we had many days of very cold temperatures

and sub freezing nights

I finally got around to making Pork Belly Bites,

something that’s been on my to do list for a long time

Pork Belly is basically a big slab of unsliced bacon

I bought it at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s pork belly is already cooked

so all you have to do is brown it and crisp it up

I read a lot of recipes

and learned that marinating it before cooking makes it juicier

First trim excess fat and cut the belly slab into chunks

then place it in a bowl with enough marinade to cover

I used my favorite Island Teriyaki by Soy Vay

Put it in the refrigerator for several hours,

and stir it every so often

Place it on a parchment lined baking sheet

and roast at 400 for 30 minutes

{sorry I forgot to take photos of this part, too busy talking!}

After 30 minutes,

turn the pieces over and return to oven for 15 more minutes

or until they are crisp and look done

Transfer bites to a serving dish

and drizzle with a little of your favorite BBQ sauce

Serve with toothpicks or cocktail forks…

Insanely good!

Pork Belly Bites

Pork Belly cut into chunks, marinated, roasted in the oven and drizzled with BBQ sauce just might become your new favorite appetizer. Easy to make and very easy to eat!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
marinate 3 hours
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • parchment paper


  • 12 oz. pork belly slab I used Trader Joe's
  • 1 cup teriyaki marinade I used Soy Vay Island Teriyaki
  • BBQ sauce optional
  • green onions optional
  • sesame seeds optional


  • Trim skin and excess fat from pork and cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • Place meat in a bowl and cover with marinade
  • Refrigerate for 3 hours, stirring every hour or so
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place chunks on paper leaving space between them. Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Check to see if they're done.
  • After 30 minutes turn chunks over and return to oven for 15 minutes if they need further cooking. Time will be determined by size of chunks and type of pork belly used.
  • Place pork belly bites in a serving bowl and drizzle with BBQ sauce or garnish with green onions and toasted sesame seeds


*If using fresh pork belly, increase cooking time to 1 hour
Cooking time may vary according to type of pork belly used and size of chunks, they might be done after 30 minutes, so check at 30 minutes and adjust time as necessary.
Keyword pork belly, pork belly bites, slab bacon

Our menu was a combination of take-out food,

a family favorite Salsa Bread

and 2 more new recipes that I will be sharing soon

Hot Bacon Bleu Cheese Dip

and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Jam

A great start to the month of love 💕

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

 What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

  Oh My Heartsie Girl / Turn About Tuesday 

  Centerpiece Wednesday / Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

 Full Plate Thursday/ Creatively Crafty/ Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Friday with Friends / Share the Wealth

30 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Pork Belly Bites and Goodbye January”
  1. I LOVE pork belly! Have a fantastic start of February, Jenna.

  2. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna! I wish Trader Joe’s wasn’t an hour away from me! Happy February ♥

  3. RM loves pork belly. My next visit to TJ’s will include buying pork belly and trying your recipe. Happy February, Jenna!

  4. I’ll be making a TJ run next weekend when we visit the kids. I’ll look for these!

  5. Soooo-eeeee! Piggy-piggy!!! I have a friend who produces his own bacon at his restaurant (Bill-E’s in Fairhope) and I like to buy it and cut it thick sliced like this – but I’ve never tried it in the oven, only stovetop/cast iron skillet. Your version looks so crisp and I like the idea of the Teriyaki followed by a BBQ sauce. Mmmm! Thanks for another good idea.

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    I’ve never bought pork belly but I will look for this next time I get to TJ’s. I always cook bacon in the oven, so much easier. Sounds delicious!

  7. Julie says:

    I like the snowman drawing and the pork belly bites sound so delicious. Thanks for the recipe! I hope you have a nice week.

  8. Nancy says:

    Sadly we don’t have a TJ’s around here… close.
    This all sounds delicious. And that snowman is too cute!
    Happy February Jenna!

  9. Deb says:

    The snowman is adorable and the pork belly bites sound delish!

  10. No doubt this would be a big hit at football parties:@)

  11. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I have never tried pork belly, but this looks delicious. I will definitely pick some up the next time I am at Trader Joe’s. Happy Tuesday!

  12. Kitty says:

    Thank you for telling me about TJ’s pork belly, Jenna. I love that sauce and use it for stir fry’s.

  13. helenfern says:

    I’m inspired!!! I love pork belly. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  14. Miz Helen says:

    Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,575, thanks so much for sharing it with us! Hope you have a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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