These all start with a pork belly. I picked up a 4.5 pound half belly at my local Costco. They are quite affordable and quite possibly the most delicious part of the pig.
To start, you need to trim off any skin or fat from the backside that is greater than half an inch. Next, cube the pork belly into 1 to 1.5 inch cubes. I have found that a 1 inch cut makes a crispier and more delicious burnt end. If you prefer a soft pillow without the crispiness, go for the 1.5 inch cut.
Season with your favorite rub. I used my basic bbq rub. Place on a rack. With all of these tiny cubes, it is easier to move them around on the smoker when they are on a rack.
Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and place the racks of pork belly cubes onto the smoker. I have used multiple smokers to make these and they always come out perfect. For this recipe, I used my trusty Traeger. Cook for 2 hours or until the cubes shrink by about 1/3 and develop a nice crust.
Once the cubes have developed a nice crust transfer them to a half pan.
Then, cover the cubes with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup honey and 1 stick of butter (for 1/2 a pork belly, double for a full pork belly). Cover with foil and continue to cook for another 2 hours or until the cubes reach about 205 and probe with the thermometer without any resistance.
Remove the pan from the smoker and drain the delicious drippings.
Toss the belly with 1/2 cup of your favorite bbq sauce and place back onto the smoker for 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce sets.
Remove and serve.