Sticky caramelised roasted ginger beer pork belly

This ginger beer pork belly recipe is simply irresistible! Sweet and sticky thanks to your favourite fizz, this caramelised roasted pork belly is delicious served with a fresh tropical salad

By Jo Wilcox
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ginger beer pork belly
  • 1.5 litre ginger beer
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1.2-1.5 kilogram pork belly, cut off skin but leave fat layer underneath (save skin for crackling if desired)
  • 3/4 cup char siu sauce (gluten-free if required)
  • 1 iceberg lettuce, cut into wedges
  • 1 handful mesclun or coloured salad leaves
  • 1/2 pawpaw, sliced
  • 1 handful mint leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup toasted long-thread coconut
  • 1/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 limes, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 red onion, sliced and soaked in ¼ cup apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes or until pink and tender
  • lime wedges, to serve


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  • 2
    Pour ginger beer into a medium roasting dish and add the onion, star anise, cinnamon stick and pork belly, fat side up (it should be submerged). Cover with foil and cook for 2½ hours.
  • 3
    Remove from oven and strain off 1 cup cooking liquid into a small pan. Add char siu sauce to pan and simmer for 3-4 minutes to make a glossy glaze.
  • 4
    Discard any remaining liquid, onion and spices from dish. Cut pork into strips or cubes, return to roasting dish and brush generously with glaze. Turn oven to 180°C and cook pork for 15 minutes or until caramelised and bubbling.
  • 5
    For the salad, layer the greens, pawpaw, and mint in a large serving bowl then scatter over coconut and peanuts. Combine sesame oil, lime juice, zest and chilli sauce in a jar and shake well. Drizzle over the salad at the last minute.
  • 6
    Serve the caramelised pork with the salad, drained, marinated onions and a lime wedge for squeezing.


  • Char siu sauce is a Chinese barbecue sauce available at supermarkets. Most varieties contain gluten. To make gluten-free, replace with gluten-free char siu sauce, hoisin sauce or honey soy marinade – the brand Ayam makes gluten-free versions of these, just check the packaging.