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02/10/2014 08:59 am ET | Updated Apr 20, 2015

The Pork Belly Recipes You Never Knew You Needed

Certain dishes are just plain intimidating to recreate in a home kitchen. Like pork belly. It's tender fat, crisp skin, and flavorful meat have made this cut of pork a current favorite among professional chefs, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's difficult to make.

If you can fry up a piece of bacon, you can cook pork belly like a boss. Pork belly is actually easier to get right, and can be cooked in so many different ways. Roasting this affordable cut of pork in the oven will produce skin so crispy, it's addictive. And if you want to eat the most tender piece of meat you've ever stuck a fork in, you can opt to braise it. With a little kitchen confidence, and the recipes below, you can make pork belly just as perfectly as any trained chef.

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