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slow roasted pork belly czech vepřový bůček recipe

Slow Roasted Pork Belly – Czech Pečený bůček

The strength of this recipe lies in its simplicity. For an absolutely perfect roasted pork belly, you need only two things: meat and a little salt. And actually, plenty of time for the pork to slow cook.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Czech
Keyword Pork belly recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 5


  • 2 lb (900 g) pork belly boneless, with skin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) water


  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
  • Prepare pork belly: Dry the skin carefully, for example, by means of suitable kitchen paper. Using a very sharp knife, make shallow, parallel cuts on the top surface of the meat. Rub the salt into scored skin of the pork belly.
  • Pour water into the baking dish and place in it the meat skin side up.
  • Roast the meat uncovered for 30 minutes at a high temperature of around 400 °F (200 °C) until the surface is golden brown.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300 °F (150 °C) and bake for another 2 hours.
  • Occasionally pour the juices from the bottom of the pan over the meat (I baste the pork belly myself every 20 minutes). You will be rewarded with crispy skin and tender meat even with so little work.
  • Remove the meat from the oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Cut into crosswise slices about 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide and serve.


  1. Makes about 6 yields.
  2. SERVING: Czech-style roasted pork belly is usually served with yellow mustard or grated horseradish. As a side dish, a slice of fresh rye bread is best!
  3. Roast pork in a conventional oven; forget the fan-forced function. We want the meat to be juicy and not dry.
  4. Pork belly is always roasted with the fat side up.