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Honey-Tabasco Pork Belly with Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Scott Phillips

Servings: 8 to 10

A brown sugar rub and a spicy-sweet glaze give this roasted belly a deliciously caramelized flavor. It’s served over bacony slow-simmered beans and tangy braised collards for a truly delicious Southern-style dinner.


For the black-eyed peas

  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas
  • 4 oz. bacon
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium red onions, cut into medium dice
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock or water; more as needed
  • 2 cups beer, such as Heineken
  • 3/4 cup store-bought or homemade barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mild unsulfured molasses
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. tabasco; more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes; more to taste
  • Kosher salt

For the pork belly

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless pork belly

For the collard greens

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups lower-salt chicken broth or water
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar; more to taste
  • 3 lb. collard greens, stemmed and cut into 2-inch-thick ribbons
  • Kosher salt

For the glaze

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. tabasco

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 620
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 200
  • Fat (g): 22
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 45
  • Sodium (mg): 1450
  • Carbohydrates (g): 73
  • Fiber (g): 14
  • Protein (g): 33


Make the beans

  • Place the beans in a large bowl and cover with water by 2 inches. Cover and soak the beans overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap. Cover and freeze for about 1 hour. Transfer to a food processor and process until finely ground, about 1 minute.
  • In a heavy-duty 5- to 6-quart pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until it begins to crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and onions and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Rinse and drain the beans, then add to the pot along with the stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the beans are tender, adding more stock as needed if the liquid level drops below the beans, 1 to 1-1/4 hours. Add the beer, barbecue sauce, ketchup, molasses, vinegar, Tabasco, and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and continue to cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens and the beans are very tender, 3 to 4 hours. Season to taste with salt and more Tabasco.

Cook the pork belly

  • In a small bowl, mix the sugar and salt. Pat the pork belly dry with paper towels. With a paring knife, cut a 3/4-inch crosshatch pattern through the fat of the belly, but not through to the meat. Rub both sides with the sugar mixture. Place the belly, fat side up, in a foil-lined 9×13-inch baking dish (cut to fit, if necessary). Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Let the pork sit at room temperature for about 1 hour. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Put the pork in the oven and roast, basting frequently with the fat as it renders, until the meat is golden brown, about 1 hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 250°F, cover with foil, and bake until very tender, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Make the collard greens

  • Heat the oil in a heavy-duty 6- to 8-quart pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the hock, tomatoes and their juice, broth, and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the collard greens by the handful, stirring until wilted enough to add more. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the greens and the hock meat are tender, about 1-1/2 hours. Remove the hock from the pot. Discard the skin, pick the meat off the bone, and add to the greens. Discard the bone. Season the greens to taste with salt, more vinegar, and pepper flakes.

Glaze the pork and serve

  • Combine the honey and Tabasco in a 1-quart saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring continuously. Remove from the heat.
  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Cut the pork belly crosswise into planks about 1 inch wide and 3 to 4 inches long.
  • Arrange the pork belly planks in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and heat in the oven until just warmed through, 7 to 10 minutes.
  • For each serving, put a helping of beans in a bowl, and using tongs or a slotted spoon, top with some greens. Lean two pieces of the pork belly against the greens, brush with the glaze, and serve.

Make Ahead Tips

The beans can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Reheat before serving.

The pork belly can be roasted 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Glaze and reheat just before serving.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Mathwizard | 05/26/2018

    I love this pork belly recipe. I use just the pork belly prep and cook instructions and then put slices of it on homemade banh mi sandwhiches. Try it!!!!

  • Nickels | 05/05/2016

    Every year my husband and I take on a new cooking adventure for Valentine's day. Our adventure this year was this recipe. We made a whole weekend of it as the recipe was very time-consuming. It turned out so amazing! We were surprised that the pork belly was the easiest part to make. We would definitely be able to make it again. Although the black-eyed peas and collard greens really helped to make the dish (my mouth is watering just thinking about it), they took so much time that I don't think we will be making those again.Overall this dish is a labor of love that won't disappoint.

  • user-3259835 | 03/02/2016

    This is a beautiful dish with wonderful flavors! It took a long time to prepare, but it was worth it as my dinner party left nothing but empty plates:). The pork was tender and juicy, and the 3 parts melded together deliciously!Just a couple of adjustments needed for next time:#NAME?-increase the amount of meat. Too delicious to be enough for everyone. I doubled it and used 4 lbs to serve about 10, and it was barely enough. The beans and greens were enough though.

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