1In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, sear the pieces of pork belly until golden brown (about 1-2 minutes per side). Transfer the meat to a plate and drain off all but 1 Tablespoon of fat from the pan.
2Lower heat to medium and add the oinonand shallots. . Cook, stirring frequently until tender and beginning to caramelize, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more.
3Add the beer, brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce liquid by half, about 10 minutes.
4Return the ieces of pork belly to the pot and add the carrots and broth. Bring up to a simmer and partially cover the pan. Cook 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours or until the meat is meltingly tender.
5With a slotted spoon, transfer the pork belly to a warm plate, cover with foil and reserve.
6Bring the remainng ingredients in the pot up to a boil and reduce to 2-1/2 Cups liqud. Working in batches as needed, transfer the mixture to a blender and carefully purre, reserving some of the whole carrot pieces. Return the puree to the pan then stir in the heavy cream, and vinegar if used.
7Taste and add salt and or pepper as needed. Serve with the pork belly in bowls, as is or over mashed potatoes, pasta or rice.
Make this 8-ingredient main for an easy dinner tonight, and save half for a punch of protein in your lunch the next day. This super-simple dish is so easy to prepare, it will be one you turn to time and again.
Slow Cooker Pork Ramen
A simple but delicious version of Japanese ramen, this soup starts with pork cooked to perfect tenderness in the crock pot, with garlic, ginger, leeks, mushrooms, and onions rounding out the flavors. The noodles are cooked separately just before serving, then the shredded pork and fragrant broth, with a little soy and sesame oil added, are ladled over top. A soft boiled egg makes a great garnish, as do shredded scallions or chopped baby spinach. Add some chile oil or Sriracha if you want to spice things up.
Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs
You don't have to baby-sit a smoker to get perfect barbecue baby back ribs. You can coat these with a spicy-sweet rub and oven roast them while you make an easy BBQ sauce. Then finish the ribs on the grill (up to 2 days later), where the barbecue sauce caramelizes into a glaze and the ribs get a hint of smoke. A Chowhound BBQ favorite.