Barbecue belly pork

This belly pork recipe takes no time to cook on the barbecue, but an overnight preparation gets you an aromatic marinated flavour and lots of perfect crackling.

Grilled, browned slices of seasoned BBQ belly pork placed on a silver tray, reminiscent of a British classic from the Hairy Bikers

Barbecue belly pork | 📷 Andrew Hayes-Watkins


4 - 6 people
Prep time
Cooking time
10 - 30 minutes


  • 1.5kg/3lb5oz belly of pork
  • 3 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 star anise, ground
  • 1 large orange, zest only
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • ½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 200ml/7fl oz olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil


  1. Make sure you or your butcher score the pork skin well (using a small, sharp kitchen knife or a clean DIY knife) - nice fine scores make better crackling. Mix the salt, ground star anise and the orange zest together and rub well into the skin, making sure the salt goes into all the cuts of the pork rind.

  2. Using a mini-blender or a pestle and mortar, add the bay leaves, garlic, Szechuan peppercorns, five spice and blend to a paste, then slowly add the olive oil while mixing.

  3. Leave the pork to dry overnight in the fridge; do not cover it as you want it to dry.

  4. Heat a barbecue or griddle and slice the pork into thin slices. Place the pork slices onto the hot griddle or barbecue and brush with the marinade. Cook each side for a few minutes, or until cooked through and the skin is crisp.


    Take a look at our recipes for rubs and marinades under our recipe section. Kingies Brushing Sauce and MarinadesThe Kingies store cupboard BBQ Sauce & Kingies Dry Rub for Crispy Skin & Aromatic Meat