Pork belly

Discussion in 'Pork' started by lsmoguy, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Hi all,

    I am thinking about making my own bacon.

    I have done a bunch of reading on the various ways, and I have started buying the ingredients.

    The only problem is, I cannot find a store that sells pork belly.

    The closest thing that I have found is a local grocery store's butcher says that he has some frozen that he would need to cut and package.  But, I thought that I would pass because I would want to have fresh pork belly vs something that I would need to thaw, etc.

    Unfortunately, I do not know of any butcher shops in the area that I would go to.

    Where do you all buy your pork bellies?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. zalbar

    zalbar Fire Starter

    Here in Montreal I go to a local butcher, he gets me anything I want.

    Google searching for Kansas City I found:


    "You can go in and ask for pretty much anything off of a cow or pig and they have it. A good example of this was I recently went in to get a price on pork belly and whole pigs heads. Without flinching at my request I was quoted a price and was asked if I would like to see some product."


    "We believe in local farms, humanely raised meats and damn good eating. Local Pig provides the people of Kansas City with a wide selection of steaks, roasts, chops, sausages, burgers and charcuterie."
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You're in KC and can't find Pork Bellies? [​IMG]. There are so many Q Joints there that there has to be some Butchers custom cutting. Since the Belly is what is left after the Spare Ribs are removed, I would think it would not be a challenge to find Bellies. Try asking the Pitmaster's where they get pork. Some Restaurant Supply distributors like Sysco, have Walk-in retail outlets. They may have partial cases of Bellies and would definitely sell you a whole case. You may try local Asian and Hispanic Markets as well, they tend to move a lot of Bellies...JJ
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2014
  4. jdiver

    jdiver Newbie

    I've been able to find Pork Belly at international supermarkets, farmers markets, Asian food markets. I say all of those because to some degree the names are interchangeable around here, Roswell GA. I first asked at Whole Foods, they said, "nobody wants it". And that very moment a woman walks up and asked if they have pork belly. :)

    Good luck. Hope you find it.

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