Before cooking a pork belly roast for the first time, I had only ordered it in restaurants as a special treat. Crispy crackling and succulent pork seemed an impossible thing to achieve myself. It's also normally one of the more expensive items on the menu so perhaps not worth the risk of making at home and messing up.
Great crackling and succulent meat
This New Year's Eve, my husband and I decided we would make a special dinner and this was the time to try a pork belly roast. It's actually very easy to make and a suitable wow factor for a dinner party. Just as appealing is the price as it's actually a very cost effective piece of meat to purchase. A piece of meat that would serve 6 comfortably, cost me £8.71, not bad for something that tastes so great.
The secret with any great roast is the quality of the meat more than the actual cooking. My local butcher (Bartlett's Butcher in Kidlington) has good quality and top service. I've made this a few times now and they always offer to score the fat for me so don't be afraid to ask your butcher to help too.