Pork belly and brisket: two heavyweights in the smoking world, each boasting its own unique texture and flavor.
You might have asked yourself: Self, can you smoke pork belly like a brisket?
Wonder no longer, the answer is yes.
Can You Smoke Pork Belly Like a Brisket?
The short answer? Absolutely! While brisket and pork belly are distinct cuts from different animals, they share some similarities.
Both have a generous amount of fat, which, when smoked slowly, renders into the meat, imparting a deep, rich flavor.
Smoked pork belly cooked brisket-style brings together the rich flavor with the succulent tenderness of slow-cooked beef.
What Is the Secret to Juicy Brisket?
Whether it's brisket or pork belly treated like brisket, the secret to a juicy result always lies in patience and temperature.
Slow-cooking at a constant low temperature allows the fat to render and the connective tissues to break down, leading to succulent, tender meat.
A good quality meat thermometer is your best friend here. Below is what we use daily and highly recommend. There are other options, but the Thermapen is the fast, most accurate thermometer on the market.
Moreover, always remember the golden rule: letting the meat rest post-cooking ensures all those tantalizing juices stay right where you want them – in every bite!
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Serving Pork Belly Brisket
There are no wrong answers on how to best serve Pork Belly Brisket, but here are some of my favorites:
- Plain: Slice in 1/4" slices, and serve with your favorite sides.
- PBLT: Pork Belly, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches.
- Pork Belly Tacos: serve with chopped white onion, fresh cilantro, and a splash of your favorite hot sauce.