The pros: Trader Joe's Pork Belly was tender, flavorful fully cooked piece of meat ready in about 15 minutes. Subtle seasoning and nothing overpowering other than a nice pork flavor.
The cons: You should take this out for about half and hour before you want to prepare this to make sure its closer to room temperature before browning it.
The verdict: For $6.49 this is not something you'll be buying on a weekly basis, but it is a nice break from the usual chicken, beef, pork chop routine. Was nice to to have with a salad. Taste wise it is a hybrid between bacon and perfectly cooked tenderloin. There is a substantial amount of fat but its easy to trim away if you want to cut back, however this is the nature of this cut of meat.
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Most important thing here is making sure it is dried with a paper towel before putting it in a pan to brown. Without which you have no chance of getting a nice sear.
Cut up it looks like this. We cut ours very thin.
Would I recommend this? If you are looking to mix things up with lunch or dinner this is a good choice. It's flavorful, moist but a bit fatty. Yes, I'll buy this again.
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