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Smoked Pork Belly & Kimchi Tacos

  • Yields: 8 Servings
  • Cook time: 5 h 5 m
  • Prep time: 30 minutes

Pitmaster note: There is something exciting about street food, especially when it packs a punch with bold grilled flavors. This taco is filled with smoked and chargrilled pork belly, topped with a spicy cabbage, all wrapped up in a tortilla. The perfect combination!

Ingredients

Dry Rub
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 4-lb pork belly with skin
  • 16 6-in flour tortillas
  • 16-oz jar kimchi
Belly Glaze
  • 1 cup mirin
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste

Instructions

Set up a two-zone fire for indirect grilling with Kingsford® Charcoal with Applewood by situating the charcoal on only one side of the grill, leaving the other side void. Preheat the grill to 225°F.

Combine dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Apply liberally to all sides of the pork belly except for the skin. Put the seasoned belly skin side down over indirect heat, the void side and close the grill lid. Cook until the internal temperature of the pork belly reaches 205°F, about 5 hours.

While the pork cooks, combine glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Set aside.

When the pork belly is done, transfer to a cutting board and let it sit for 10 minutes. Slice off the pork skin and cut the belly into 2½-inch squares.

Add more coals to the grill and increase the temperature to 450°F. Place a cast iron skillet over direct heat and let it get very hot. Put the pork belly squares into the hot skillet fat side down (where the skin was removed). Sear until browned and crispy, about 1 minute.

Remove the skillet from the grill, then slice each pork belly square into ½-inch thick slices. Coat the pieces generously with the glaze. Put the belly slices on the grill over indirect heat, close the lid, and cook until the glaze caramelizes, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the pork to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes.

Put each tortilla on the grill over the direct heat until grill marks are formed, about 30 seconds on each side. Fill each taco shell with 2 to 3 slices of pork belly and top with kimchi.

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