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January 16, 2023
If you’re in the mood for a decadent meal, you’ve got to try my Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Belly Burnt Ends. Many believe that pork belly is the pig's most tender, flavorful part. Everyone has their own opinion, but no one can deny that this cut is lip-smackin’ good.
I seasoned my pork belly with my best-selling Heath Riles BBQ Honey Chipotle Rub and topped it with a brown sugar-inspired glaze. The result was a mouth-watering dish with just the right balance of sweet and savory. I like my pork belly “burnt end” style, which is just what the Traeger Timberline 1300 gave me.
Serve this recipe as an appetizer or pair it with one of my favorite side dishes for a complete meal. Either way, you’ll be thinking about this pork for days!
If you’ve never cooked pork belly before, you’re in for a fun experience. This cut of pork does best cooked low and slow on the Traeger Timberline 1300, but you can speed up the process by cubing the meat. You’ll need to set aside 3-3 ½ hours for this recipe.
If you can grill ribs, you can easily make Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Belly Burnt Ends. Follow my simple tutorial, and you’ll have a great result every time. Once you try this recipe, it’ll be on repeat!
A main dish that requires just 6 ingredients? I’m in! You probably have most of these items in your kitchen already. If not, here’s what you need to add to your shopping list.
Here’s the main equipment I used for this cook. You can find more of my favorite grilling accessories in the Equipment and Tools section.
You can find a detailed demonstration of this recipe in the video and recipe card near the bottom of this post. Here’s a summary of how I pulled these delicious burnt ends together.
The pork belly came off the pit with a beautiful golden color. The bourbon glaze let the richness of the pork shine through. Every bite was infused with bourbon, chipotle, and honey. This is a recipe no one will forget!
You can serve my Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Belly Burnt Ends on their own or add one of these side dishes.
If you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze them for up to 6 months.
Traeger Timberline 1300, Traeger Cherry Hardwood Pellets, disposable cutting board, 1 or 2 half-size deep aluminum pans, wire cooling racks, olive oil dispenser, ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE, Nechtik BBQ Gloves, Home-Complete cast iron platter.
Skinless Pork Belly
Heath Riles BBQ Honey Chipotle Rub
2 cups Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce
1/2 stick of butter
3 tablespoons of Bourbon (We used Blue Note Bourbon)
1/2 cup of light brown sugar
Fire up Traeger Pellet Grill (or any pellet grill) to 275º, we used cherry pellets for this cook.
Cut pork belly into cubes.
Season pork belly cubes with Heath Riles BBQ Honey Chipotle BBQ Rub until well coated.
Place seasoned pork belly cubes on wire baking racks and place on grill.
Cook at 275º for 2.5-3 hours or until cubes hit 200º or are probe tender.
Mix glaze ingredients (see above) and melt over medium heat until butter and brown sugar are melted.
Once your seasoned cubes are probe tender, pull from the grill. Use your glaze (ingredients above) to coat pork belly cubes.
Once coated with glaze, return to the grill for 30 minutes.
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