Sous Vide - Pork Belly with Honey and Apple Cider Glaze

Pork pork belly cooked sous vide.  The meat is so tender it melts in your mouth.  Pork belly with a sticky honey, apple and cider glaze can only ever be a good thing whether slow cooked in the oven or not.  But it has to be said, when cooked sous vide it takes on a whole new level and personally I don't think cooking it any other way can beat it. 

Pork Belly

The idea for the glaze came from my reading the packaging of ready cooked pork belly in Marks and Spencer. So, making it up as I went along adding a bit of this and a bit of that I have to say the result was good and turned out as I expected.
So for anyone that doesn't actually know what sous vide is you can read in more detail in my post here.  But here's a quick overview.
Sous vide (pronounced soo-veed) means “under vacuum” in French, and sous vide cooking is a gourmet culinary technique long used by chefs worldwide.

Instead of good cooking relying on perfect timing to cook, sous vide relies on precise temperature control, but once you've set the temperature on the machine you don't have to fuss about it anymore - just leave your food to cook.

Thanks to The SousVide Supreme you can now have one of these amazing machines in your own home as their range is especially designed for home kitchens.  The Sous Vide method takes the guess work out of cooking, so anyone can create for example the perfect medium-rare steak just as you'd find in a top restaurant - at home.

Food to be cooked is first sealed in a special pouch and sealed with the vacuum sealer that's included in The SousVide Supreme Promo pack.

How to cook perfect Pork Belly in a water oven.

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You will need:
900 to 1kg piece of Pork Belly about 3 cm in thickness
Salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon runny honey mixed with 1 tablespoon of apple sauce and a splash of balsamic vinegar

For the glaze:
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato puree (paste if you're in the US)
250ml of Cider - I used Bulmers
6 tablespoons of good quality apple sauce - I used Coleman's as it has pieces of apple in it
6 tablespoon of runny honey
a splash of balsamic vinegar
a good pinch of black pepper

Top Tip!
A disposable foil tray would be good since the honey mixture will ruin a baking dish during cooking a bit later on.

How to do it:
Start by mixing together 1 tablespoon runny honey mixed with 1 tablespoon of apple sauce and a splash of balsamic vinegar.  Remove the pork belly from any packaging and season with salt and black pepper.  Pot the mixture on a plate and sit the pork on the mixture it fatty side up. Cover with film and leave in the fridge for at least half an hour.

Fill the sous vide with hot water and set the temperature to 82C or 179.5F
Remove the pork belly from the fridge and vacuum seal in a large sized pouch.  Once the temperature of the water oven has been reached pop in the sealed bag and leave to cook over night or whatever suits you best for 12 to 13 hours.

Once the pork belly has cooked away nicely, carefully as it will be hot, remove the pork and drain away the liquid from the bag keeping just 1 tablespoon aside to add to the glaze later.
Place on a J cloth to dry - I find they are better than kitchen paper as they don't stick to the food.  Now another good thing about the SousVide Supreme is the lid becomes a handy tray.

To Make the Honey, Apple and Cider Glaze:
Heat a teaspoon of oil in a medium sized saucepan and mix in the tomato puree.  Cook for a minute, it removes the bitterness from the tomato puree.  Now pour in the Cider and cook over a medium-high heat  so it's bubbling away until the liquid has reduced by half.
Stir in the apple sauce and honey along with a splash of balsamic vinegar and the reserved tablespoon of cooking liquid along with a good pinch of black pepper.  Continue to to cook until that has also reduced by about half.  Have a taste to check the seasoning, add a little more balsamic if you think it needs it.

Preheat your oven to 220C/425F or Gas 7 

Sear the fatty side of  pork belly in a very hot large frying pan.

Transfer the cooked pork belly to a disposable foil fatty side up tray pour the glaze over the glaze.

For safety reasons, it's best to put the foil tray on proper baking tray as they tend to bend and we don't want any kitchen disasters!  

Once the oven has reached temperature pop the pork in to cook the glaze for about 10 minutes, keeping an eye on it so it doesn't burn.  Then serve.

Sous Vide Pork Belly

You can find more of my Sous Vide recipes by clicking on 'SousVide' in the tag cloud in the sidebar of this blog. 

Disclaimer: I was sent a SousVide Supreme Promo Pack which consists of:  a SousVide Supreme water oven, Vacuum sealer which includes 10 pouches.  2 boxes of vacuum seal cooking pouches, and the Easy Sous Vide cookbook.  RRP: £506:98 (£422.48 excluding VAT) it is mine to keep in return for several blog posts and a total of twelve recipes.

Heres a really handy calculator to find out cooking times for Sous Vide:

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