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Cooking Over Fire - Vol.3

Cooking Over Fire - Vol.3 

Cooking Over Fire - The Series… 

We’re carrying on our series of Cooking Over the Fire with another recipe from one of Birmingham’s finest independent restaurants- to provide you with amazing flavours whilst lockdown continues. This next recipe is definitely one to try with the nice weather coming up this week!

The recipe comes from head chef Richard from Dick's Smokehouse, who's famous for his award-winning, American style street food. The dish is called Pork Belly and Pit Beans, here's what he had to say about it “There is just something about slicing into a slab of pork belly, fresh off the smoker. And knowing the juices have dripped into the beans, is too much for most to resist.”



For this recipe, you will need:

  • 2kg bone in pork belly, 1-1.5 inch thick (Rindless)

  • Dicks smokehouse - Original Rub
  • 50g Oil
  • 1 X Red onion 
  • 2 x Garlic cloves
  • 1 x Red pepper
  • 2 x tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x tbsp Dick’s Smokehouse - Original rub 
  • 2 x tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 x tbsp Cider vinegar 
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes 
  • 400g tin Red kidney beans 
  • 400g tin Haricot beans 
  • 400g tin Pinto beans 
  • 500g Beef stock
  • 150g Dick’s Smokehouse BBQ Sauce


  1. Firstly set your BBQ/SMOKER to indirect cooking at 120oC/ 250oF.
  2. If the rind is on the pork belly this needs to be removed. The temp will not be hot enough to give a nice crackling, but this can be achieved separately in an oven. 
  3. Cover the pork belly in Dick’s Smokehouse - Original rub, and put to one side. 
  4. Finely dice the onion, pepper & garlic. Sweat down in a pan, with the oil. Don’t be scared to get some colour onto the vegetables. 
  5. Add the Dick’s Smokehouse - Original rub and cook out the spices for 2 mins.
  6. Then add the tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce and cider vinegar. Cookout for 2 mins. Add to a roasting tray that will fit in the bbq. 
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes, pinto, red kidney, haricot beans & beef stock to the roasting tray. Mix everything together. 
  8. Place next to the coals, underneath the grill where the pork belly will sit. (If the beans start to look dry during the cooking process. Add some more water)
  9. Add the pork on the grill over the beans, and smoke using Harrington Woodfuel Oak chunks. 
  10. Cook the pork until it reaches 85oC. This will take about 4-5 hours (But go by temp not time). Take off the grill and wrap in foil. Leave to rest for 45mins - 1hr. 
  11. To finish the beans stir in the bbq sauce. 
  12. Slice the pork belly going alongside the bones. At this point you can remove the bones if you’d like. 
  13. Add the beans to a bowl, and lay the sliced belly on top. Serve with slaw, or a slab of bread to soak any sauce left in the bowl. 


You can buy Dick’s Smokehouse - Original rub & Dick’s Smokehouse BBQ Sauce from their website

Share your recreation of Richard's BBQ Pork Belly and Pit Beans with us let us know how the recipe worked for you! Tag @harringtonwoodfuel and @dickssmokehouse in snaps of your recreations of this dish!


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