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Mar 6, 2010 11:35 AM

pork belly

I tried to cook a pork belly last night. Since I'd never tasted belly before I wasn't sure what to expect. After a lot of research, I decided on a jamie Oliver recipe. During the cooking process the house smelled fantastic. My wife arrived home apprehensive about the up coming meal, but had to admit "it sure smells good" The final product was picture perfect . I broke off a piece of the crackle and tasted it...great. So, Let eat.......Cutting into the pork belly released a smell that could only be described as (I'll try to be polite here)....An outhouse? It was awful. My wife left the room' not to return and It's just me and the belly. Once I got past the oder, the meat tasted great. The next day it smelled fine. My question......Is this what I should expect from pork belly, did I do something wrong or.............did I eat bad belly. Thanks for any help

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  1. Jamie Oliver jokes aside, what exactly was the recipe? I do lots of pork belly and I don't ever get what you're describing.

    1. Every once in a while a small uncut boar will find his way into the slaughterhouse, that could be one reason.

      1. This is the recipe, and for now I'll buy the small uncut boar story, and try again. The job will to get my wife to buy into it. Thanks for your help. Jim

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        1. re: eyejms

          Oh Dear Gawd! That looks good! Do give it another try!

        2. I regularly cook belly pork and have never noticed an unpleasant smell.

          Presumably it didnt smell in its raw state? Odd that anything would then when it was cooked.

          1. Smelled fine before cooking, one day before the sell by Date.