The Red Tractor Hamper Challenge:
Oven Baked BBQ Pork Belly Slices
I was lucky enough to receive a rather magnificent hamper recently, filled with Red Tractor goodies such as beef, lamb, pork belly slices, chicken breasts, rhubarb, cabbage, onions, celeriac, potatoes, rapeseed oil, cream, flour, sugar, beer, butter, cheese and milk……and, I am sure I’ve missed some ingredients off the list! The hamper was sent to me as part of a challenge to live of Red Tractor ingredients for a week, and with a chance to win a wonderful break for two people in a top UK hotel. As I am an AVID supporter of British produce, I was delighted to accept the challenge and I began some serious menu planning. I had to pop most of the meat into the freezer and I dealt with the fresh vegetables first…….I DO have a vegetarian recipe to share with you all in another post, but I thought I would share this recipe for Oven Baked BBQ Pork Belly Slices first, as it would make a wonderful weekend supper dish for all the family. I served these delightfully sticky Red Tractor British pork belly slices/strips with home-made celeriac and carrot coleslaw and some baked spuds with British butter, and the meal was wolfed down by my family.
This recipe is simplicity itself, it’s just a case of whizzing up the barbecue style sauce and then spooning it over the pork belly slices before oven baking them for about forty-five minutes. I served my delicious baked pork belly slices with some coleslaw, made with the celeriac, carrot and onions that were in my hamper. The baked spuds were also served with some wonderful British butter, and as you can see from the photos, it was a veritable indoor barbecue feast! The whole meal with the exception of SOME of the sauce ingredients, was prepared using Red Tractor ingredients and produce, and I was so proud and pleased to be flying the British food flag. I have not shared my recipe for the coleslaw here yet, but I will do soon, but it was loosely based on a recipe I discovered on the British Carrots website here: Carrot and Celeriac Remoulade Recipe. I tweaked the recipe by adding an onion, omitting the parsley and using English mustard in the remoulade style sauce.
Today I am in the kitchen baking with some of my other hamper ingredients, so watch out for my second Red Tractor recipe and a few baked treats, as well as my lovely vibrant vegetarian recipe too. Why is Red Tractor so important to me? Well, here are a few reasons why I always look out for the logo on all produce when I go shopping:
What is Red Tractor Assurance?
Red Tractor is a food assurance scheme which covers production standards developed by experts on safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment amongst other things. The Red Tractor logo on pack means your food or drink has met these responsible production standards and is fully traceable back to independently inspected farms in the UK.
Who runs the Red Tractor Scheme?
Red Tractor Assurance is a small organisation, and its administrative costs are met by assurance fees and licence payments from farmers and food companies. We are owned by the entire food industry but we operate independently on a not-for-profit basis, with an independent chairman in charge of our affairs. This enables us to benefit from a wide range of experience and expertise without giving any one organisation or link in the supply chain undue influence.
We trace it, so you can trust it.
We all want to know that the food we are buying is safe and this only comes from knowing where the raw ingredients come from and the standards to which they are produced, which is why all suppliers in the Red Tractor food chain are inspected and certified by an independent professional body. The Red Tractor certifies that food has been produced to independently inspected standards right across the food chain – from farm to pack.
I hope you will enjoy my Oven Baked BBQ Pork Belly Slices recipe if you try it, and don’t forget you can see what all of the other bloggers have made by looking out for the hash tag #RTchallenge on twitter and by following the Red Tractor account here: @RedTractorFood as well as on Facebook too. Have a wonderful weekend, and I will be back with more recipes as well as some exciting news about a journey I am about to embark on soon…….see you later, Karen
NB: You’ll find the Red Tractor logo on a huge range of products, from meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables and dairy products to flour, sugar and even beer. Look out for it in all the major supermarkets, on hundreds of your favourite brands and on a growing number of restaurant menus. When you know where to look, it’s easier than ever to find Red Tractor food and drink. The logo will appear in a variety of positions. It could be on the front, back or side of the pack.
Disclaimer: I received a hamper or Red Tractor ingredients in order to take part in this recipe and menu challenge for bloggers; however, as I am an avid supporter of Red Tractor and its ethics and values, I am happy to share these posts with my readers by way of promoting British produce.