Jerk Pork Belly Buns with Grilled Pineapple
Jamaican jerk seasoning is the culinary equivalent of setting of fireworks: it’s full of explosive flavor.
Here, it’s paired perfectly with sweet pineapple and a cooling sour cream sauce, transforming pork belly buns into the most decadent of sandwiches. This recipe will give you tender succulent sous-vide style pork belly in no time, then use Cinder Grill to sear your pork for crispy crackling. This recipe will make more of the jerk marinade or jerk paste than you’ll need for the pork, so freeze the extra and keep it for the next rainy day: it works especially well on grilled chicken or shrimp.
Chilli peppers in the jerk paste are not for the faint of heart. Scoop out the seeds to tame the heat… don’t worry we won’t tell.
FOR THE PORK
- 2 lbs pork belly (~1 inch thick)
- 2 tbsps red wine vinegar
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1-2 scotch bonnet chilis
- 3 tbsps ground/whole allspice
- 2 tbsps fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 scallions
- 2 tbsps soy sauce
- ¼ cup water
FOR THE SAUCE
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ lime, juiced and zested
- 2 tbsps fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsps fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
- 4 slices pineapple
- 4 leaves lettuce
- 4 thin slices red onion (optional)
- 4 brioche buns
The day before you plan to eat, cut the pork belly into eight equal pieces and season well with salt. Add the remaining pork seasoning ingredients to the bowl of a food processor, blend until smooth, then smother the pork with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The following day, set your Cinder device to 165oF and add the pork to the grill.
While the pork cooks, mix together the ingredients for the sour cream sauce in a small bowl, then cover and refrigerate until needed.
Once the pork has come up to temperature, remove it from the grill, wipe the plates clean and set your device to sear mode. First, sear the buns (cut-side down, leaving the grill open) for 45 seconds. Then sear the pineapple slices (lid closed) for 90 seconds.
Finally, sear the pork belly for at least 90 seconds, rotating half-way through so that all the long sides get browned well.
To assemble, spread both sides of the buns with sauce, divide the pork pieces evenly, and top with pineapple, onion, and lettuce. Serve immediately alongside white rice or sweet potato fries.