Pork belly is most of the time available at local meat markets and online, but it can be difficult to find the best quality. The pork belly is a chunk of meat near the pig’s stomach. It can be eaten with skin and ribs, or without either; it comes in many different cuts that are all uncured, unsmoked, and un-sliced, unlike bacon which usually has been cured, unfortunately hiding some natural flavors. The meat will be sliced or uncut and sent as slabs. Cuts for two pounds of pork belly will usually be enough to serve six to 10 people, while 5-pound cuts can serve 13-20 people
Dealers typically sell pork belly that is not processed or seasoned. It’s known to be rich, flavorful meat with the perfect consistency for frying and slicing into bacon strips. The pork belly order arrives frozen in an insulated container with ice and is typically shipped overnight. Expedited shipping ensures the product will arrive fresh, tasty, and safe from spoilage. Shipping and handling costs can add up to a substantial sum, depending on the size of your order. If you reach a minimum order, most of the time you won’t be charged for the shipping. Fresh pork belly is succulent and richly flavorful and is often served in small portions. Pork belly is at its best and is most tender when prepared using a slow cooking method, such as braising. There are multiple ways to cook pork belly if you aren’t going to use it to make homemade bacon. Common cooking methods include roasting, smoking and searing.
A pork belly is the cut of pork that comes from the belly of a pig. Pork bellies were previously traded in the futures market, as they are an important source of meat products, particularly bacon. Trading in frozen pork belly futures began in 1961 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and allowed meatpackers to hedge the volatile pig market.1 Over the decades, pork bellies and pork belly trading gained a certain mystique in the American imagination.
Pork bellies are literally the cut of pork from the belly of a pig. For many Americans, they became an icon of futures trading.
Pork belly futures were a pioneering financial instrument when they were introduced in 1961, but they were phased out in 2011 due to declining market interest and changes in the bacon market.