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Sliced grilled pork jowl on a plate with mango slices, peanuts, limes, garlic and red chiles

Grilled Thai Lemongrass Pork Jowl / Pork Neck

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 12 hours 14 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x


Pork jowl (aka neck) marinated overnight in lemongrass, garlic, soy, and brown sugar then grilled. This pork recipe will get you salivating! #pork #thai #easyrecipes


Units Scale

Thai Grilled Pork

  • 500 g / 18 oz pork jowl (aka, pork neck)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 56 long stalks of cilantro (without leaves)
  • 2 tbsp chopped lemongrass
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or palm sugar
  • pinch of sea salt

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 small red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red chile (optional)
  • 56 fresh cilantro sprigs with leaves
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar or palm sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp water


Thai Pork Jowl

  1. In a food processor or using a mortar and pestle, combine garlic, cilantro stalks, lemongrass, oyster sauce, soy sauce, black peppercorns, brown or palm sugar, and salt. Blitz or pulverize until smooth.
  2. Cut the meat into strips about 2 inches (4.5 cm) thick. Pour marinade over pork jowl and make sure everything is evenly coated. Cover and let marinate in the fridge overnight.
  3. When ready to cook, take the pork out about 30-1 hour before cooking and allow it to warm up to room temperature before grilling them on a bbq or underneath the grill or broiler in the oven. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until the strips are firming up and the outside starts to crisp and caramelize.
  4. When finished grilling, remove from heat and rest on a plate on a plate for about 5 minutes before cutting into them. Cut at an angle and against the grain to get the best thin slices.

Dipping Sauce

  1. In a food processor or using a mortar and pestle, combine all ingredients together and blitz or pulverize until smooth. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes to ensure all ingredients marry together then serve.
  • Prep Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 14
  • Category: Main, Pork
  • Method: grilling
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: pork, pork neck, pork jowl, Thai, grilling, grilled, garlic, cilantro, lemongrass, brown sugar, dipping sauce, fish sauce, grilled pork, palm sugar

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