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Tailgate Tuesday: Braided pork belly tacos with mojo slaw

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly contribution from our resident pitmaster, Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and will feature a variety of appetizers, main courses, and sides to help you be the king of your next tailgate. Lane’s BBQ, a Bethlehem, Ga. based BBQ company, sponsors this season’s feature by providing their killer rubs and sauces for use in the recipes. Buy them here. In addition, Fogo Charcoal provides charcoal to use in each recipe. Buy it here.

Previous: Cedar planked scotch eggs, Pork tenderloin sliders with grilled cheese, Chicken street tacosSausage and cheese poppers, Tomato pie, smoked corn pudding, Maple planked salmon, Sous vide steak and burgers, Bacon cream cheese, Brazilian style protein, O’Korn and cheesy jalapeno bacon dipSmoked sausage balls
Full Archive here.

As we approach the ORANGE BOWL, I start to get excited when I think about the endless options for our year end TAILGATE. I’ve reached out to FSU friends and Michigan family located in Florida for their thoughts. Almost to a man (and one woman) they recommended something with a CUBAN flare. And as soon as Justin mentioned MOJO, the deal was sealed. I love trying new things and firing up the grill for a new recipe. It always adds a little extra something for me when the outcome is unknown. Plus, I love the movie CHEF! If you haven’t watched it, give it a go. It’s a good one. This recipe has a few of my favorites in it and will definitely work its way into my tailgate rotation. It’s a Braided Pork Belly Taco topped with MOJO Slaw.


• Pork Belly (1-2 lb piece)
• Lane’s BBQ SPF 53 Rub and Signature Rub
• Tortillas

Mojo Slaw:
• 3 cups chopped purple cabbage
• 1 cup chopped carrots
• 1 shallot
• ¼ cup fresh orange juice
• ¼ cup fresh lime juice
• 3 cloves chopped garlic
• ¼ cup chopped cilantro
• 1/4 cup chopped oregano
• 1 TBSP cumin
• Dash of salt and pepper


Set your grill up for indirect heat and shoot for a temperature of 275 degrees. Anywhere from 225-300 will work on this one. Be sure to use your FOGO lump for this to ensure a clean and hot burn.

As the grill is heating up, take your sharp knife and slice the pork belly into three pieces, all joined at the top. Make sure not to cut all the way through at the top as we need this for braiding. It should look like a pork belly octopus.

Each strip of the pork belly should be equal in size and thickness. Once you’ve sliced into strips, take something heavy like a meat tenderizer or a cast iron pan and pound them lightly. We want to thin them out just a little to make the braiding easier.

Once they are thinned slightly, dust it with a combo of Lane’s Signature Rub and Lane’s SPF 53 Rub. This adds some heat and sweet and some fantastic color to the belly. Once seasoned, start braiding by taking the strips on the outside and folding over the middle strip. Continue this all the way until it is completely braided. Make sure this is braided somewhat tightly. Secure the ends together with butchers twine. A BBQ skewer would even work (and look a lot cooler).

Once the braid is ready, place it on the smoker and add a few chunks of pecan wood for smoke. This will smoke for anywhere from 4-6 hours depending on your grill temp. We are looking for an internal temperature of 200 degrees.

As the pork belly is smoking, we can assemble our MOJO slaw. Cut your purple cabbage into chunks along with your carrot slices. It’s easier to just buy the pre-sliced carrots in a bag. Chop up a half bunch of cilantro as well. I love extra cilantro in my MOJO so I added a little more than the recipe called for. Add your chopped veggies to a large mixing bowl and set aside. Now, add your OJ, lime juice, oregano, garlic, and cumin to a bowl. Mix and pour into your veggies. I don’t like mine super saucy, so I only added half of this mixture and saved the rest. If you like your slaw super wet, add more. Set in the fridge for at least an hour and allow the flavors to develop. After about an hour, you will notice a lot of juice in the bottom of the bowl. This is some tasty stuff.

Once the pork belly reaches 200 degrees internal, remove from the heat and tent with foil for 10 minutes. Once rested, slice into chunks and start making your tasty MOJO tacos. These things are addicting and didn’t last long. The MOJO flavors paired well with the spicy rub from Lanes. The slaw had a nice crisp bite to it and looks great with the purple coloring. I love me some purple.

Visit Lane’s BBQ to purchase their fantastic line of rubs and sauces. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Fogo to purchase their premium lump charcoal. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, andInstagram.

After growing up in Michigan, Joe now lives in North Texas where he can barbecue year ’round. He cooks mostly on Big Green Eggs and some Webers and has competed in BGE competitions. When he’s not watching Michigan football, he also teaches BBQ classes at a local grilling store and does some catering. You can follow Joe on Twitter at @mmmgoblubbq and Instagram at @gobluebbq.

Tailgate Tuesday: Pork belly sliders

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Tailgate Tuesday_Week8

Tailgate Tuesday is our weekly collaboration with Joe Pichey from MmmGoBluBBQ. These tailgate recipes will be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and most of the time will be themed around that week’s opponent. Meat Church, a Dallas, Texas based BBQ joint sponsors this feature by providing their killer rubs for use in the recipes. Buy them here. Seriously, you won’t regret it.

Previously: Frog legssmoky spiced beaver nutsbuild the perfect tailgate smokerpig shotslamb shankflat iron fajitas, country style ribs with bock glaze, or visit our whole library of recipes here.

I’m a huge lover of bacon. All things bacon. Heck, who isn’t? Whether it’s wrapped around a onion ring forming my favorite grilled appetizer, the Oinkion, or served next to a few sunny side up eggs, bacon is greatness. One of my new favorite things to toss on the smoker is PRE-BACON. No, it’s not a baby pig, it’s a pork belly. This couldn’t be any easier to prepare and is rather inexpensive. It’s about a six hour process, which is perfect for a 7pm game against the Golden Gophers. Fire up the smoker around 10am and enjoy some pork belly sliders at kick-off.


• 2-4 pound pork belly
• Meat Church Deez Nuts Honey Pecan Rub and Honey Hog Rub
• Apple juice
• Slider buns

Mustard Maple Sauce:

• 2 TBSP stone ground mustard
• 2 TBSP pure maple syrup


Fire up the smoker to 225 degrees and toss on a few pecan or apple wood chunks. As the smoker is heating up, take the pork belly and season it up with 2 TBSP per 2 pounds of pork belly. Do not season the skin as we will be removing after the belly reaches 205 degrees.

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Once the belly is seasoned, throw it on the grill over indirect heat with skin side down. This will smoke for about five hours.

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After a few hours, the belly will start to turn a beautiful mahogany color. Start to baste with apple juice every 45 minutes or so and dust with some Honey Hog each time you baste. Check it with your ThermoPop. If you don’t have an instant read thermometer, get one. These are a must and not very expensive.

Once the belly reaches 205 degrees internally, it’s time to remove from the heat. Place on a cutting board and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Not only do the Meat Church rubs taste great, but they give the meat a great color. This is a beautiful thing.

After it has cooled a little, remove the skin with a sharp knife.

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Save this skin for a pot of bbq beans later. It keeps in the freezer for months and months.

Slice the pork belly into 2 inch cubes and place in a hot cast iron pan. Place the side that formerly had the skin on it facing down.

After two minutes on the hot pan, glaze with the mustard maple sauce and return to the smoker. Let sit in the smoker for about 10 minutes as the glaze thickens. Place cubes in some tasty slider buns along with some arugula and you are in business. The arugula gives it a nice peppery flavor and adds some color. If you want to just put a toothpick in the cubes and eat as it, go ahead. These are super tender and will melt in your mouth. And as always……GO BLUE!!!

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Visit Meat Church to purchase their new Bacon BBQ rub or any of their other great rubs and seasonings. You can follow them on Twitter at @MeatChurch and you can also follow Joe at @mmmgoblubbq.