Hairy pork belly?
Please bear with me. I don't really understand meat yet -- but I'm learning.
I bought some pork belly from a great Brooklyn butcher, so I suspect the problem is me. Anyway, on the skin, are whiskers! I get ew moments every time I look at it, but I do look forward to finally cooking it.
My question: is it normal for pork bellies to be sold in a somewhat furry state? Should I trim off the layer with the whiskers? This experience is seriously humbling for me.
Wow. It sounds like you got some serious pork! Hairy meat has to be the polar opposite of shrink wrapped packages of meat with bar codes on them. I once cooked a chicken with some feathers intact and while it threw me off for a second, it was one of the best chickens I had ever eaten. Good luck with the pork belly! How do you plan to cook it?
Yes -- it's obviously fresh! Already put on a simple rub of salt, rosemary, and soy sauce and will stew it. Next time, I'll slow cook/braise, when I have more time.
I fell in love with pork belly after going to a Brooklyn BBQ. Oh my --dessert and savory lunch in one (the rub was phenomenal, with the sweetness that made me feel I was eating a snack).
Another suggestion I have is to use fish bone tweezers. Scrape the skin back and forth a couple of times first with the tweezers (makes the hair stand out and easier to remove), then simply pull the hair off.