Old Arthur's Pork Belly Burnt Ends
This recipe appears in my book "Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue." It comes courtesy of the Old Arthur Barbecue Sauce Company which currently sells a number of barbecue sauce and spice rubs product based on recipes of Old Arthur Watts who learned to barbecue while enslaved. Pork belly burnt ends are a riff on the traditional burnt ends made from beef brisket. This recipe calls for a 3-step process that candies the pork belly by smoking, rendering, and then adding barbecue sauce at the end of the smoking process.
If the Old Arthur's products are unavailable in your area, you may order them online, or substitute with your favorite sauce and rub.
Fig jam can be used in place of apple jam.