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Learn how to cook Costco pork belly! Costco has three types of pork belly. You can get Kirkland pork belly strips, Costco whole pork belly, or sous vide sliced pork belly. Get Costco pork belly slices recipes for the air fryer, oven, grill, and stove in this Costco pork belly review. You’ll love this easy appetizer idea that can be keto, low carb, and gluten free.

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Did you know that you can get belly of pork slices at Costco? It can be tough to find slice pork belly at regular grocery stores. That’s why I love that there’s pork belly for sale at Costco.

Today, I’m going to teach you how to cook belly pork slices. With the Costco pork belly recipe below, the pork belly was already sous vide. That means all you need to do is season, heat, and eat.

But first, let’s make sure you pick up the right type of pork belly. Did you know that there are actually a few types of pork belly sold at Costco?

🐖 Swift Pork Belly

Costco sells whole pork belly that is 11-12 lbs. (5-5.4 kg), depending on whether you get the pork belly skin on. At my Costco, you can only purchase pork belly skin off.

costco pork belly

Swift pork belly is boneless, with no artificial ingredients. This is a raw and minimally processed product that would be great for feeding a crowd. Keep Swift pork belly refrigerated before cooking it to a minimum safe temp of 145F (63C) with a 3-minute rest.

If you want crispy pork belly, you need to get the pork belly with the skin on. You might be able to purchase it at Costco online if you can’t find it in the store. My pork belly air fryer recipe is perfect for pork belly with skin.

At the time of writing, Swift pork belly costs $4.29 per pound. Prices are subject to change, and may vary by location.

🥓 Sliced Pork Belly

A second option is Costco’s boneless sliced pork belly. This raw sliced pork belly is skin-off, and perfect for pork belly bites, pork belly burnt ends, or for homemade bacon.

pork belly strips costco

Costco sliced pork belly is boneless, and sold in packages that are approximately 6 lbs. (2.7 kg). This makes it a good pick if the Swift pork belly is too much for your family.

At the time of writing, Costco pork belly slices cost $4.99 per pound. Prices are subject to change, and may vary by location.

🐷 Kirkland Signature Sous Vide Pork Belly

Kirkland sous vide pork belly is Costco’s final pork belly offering, and it’s very different than the above two products. Kirland sous vide pork belly is fully cooked, cured, sliced, and hickory smoked. Since it is cured and smoked, it’s really more like thick bacon slices than typical pork belly.

costco pork belly sous vide

These pork belly slices are my favorite of the Costco pork belly offerings. This is a unique product you probably won’t find in other stores, and a huge timesaver!

Wondering how to cook pork belly slices? They can be pan fried, grilled, baked, or air fried. I’ve got lots of recipes for belly pork strips for you below, including Ninja Foodi BBQ pork belly bites!

bbq pork belly

At the time of writing, Costco sous vide pork belly costs $6.99 per pound. It comes in an (approximately) 2 lb. package (0.9 kg). Prices are subject to change, and may vary by location.

🥘 Does Costco pork belly have skin on?

There’s only one option for Costco pork belly with skin, and that’s the Swift pork belly with skin on. Unfortunately, not all stores carry this option. My store only had the Swift pork belly with skin off.

costco pork belly strips

🔪 Costco Pork Belly Cooking Instructions

How to make Costco pork belly? Let me count the ways…

Costco Sous Vide Pork Belly Air Fryer

Let’s start with how to cook pork belly in Ninja Foodi! The Philips, Instant Pot Vortex, Cosori, Nuwave, Kalorik, Breville, or whatever brand of air fryer you have should cook pork belly.

Cooking times may vary depending on the air fryer you use. Always check the food early the first time you try any new air fryer recipe! Here are the directions for Ninja Foodi pork belly:

  1. The box of Costco sous vide pork belly contains two packages of five pork belly slices. You need four pork belly slices for this recipe.
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  1. Cut each pork belly slice into 5 pork belly bites. They’ll each be about 1-inch (2.54 cm) wide.
  1. Place the pork belly bites in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
pork belly bites
  1. Season the pork belly lightly on the top with BBQ seasoning. The pork belly is already salted, so don’t overdo it.
seasoned pork belly
  1. Air fry for 5 minutes at 400F (200C). (There is no need to preheat the Ninja Foodi.)
  1. Then flip the pork belly pieces, lightly season, and air fry for 3 minutes at 400F (200C).
  1. Ensure the pork belly has reached the minimum safe temp of 145F (63C) with an instant-read thermometer. If so, it is ready to serve.
  1. Optional: place the pork belly in a bowl and gently coat with ¼ cup of BBQ sauce. Put back in the air fryer in a single layer, and air fry for 3 more minutes at 400F (200C).
  1. Serve the BBQ pork belly bites with toothpicks for one of the most delicious toothpick appetizers around!
barbecue pork belly bites

⏲ How to Cook Pork Belly Strips (Oven)

Wondering how to cook sous vide pork belly in the oven? Here are the oven directions for Costco pork belly (from the package):

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F (218C). Place pork belly slices in a single layer on a rimmed metal baking pan.
  1. Bake until browned and internal temp is greater than 145F (63C) for 15 seconds. Use a meat thermometer to be sure.

🤔 How to Cook Sliced Pork Belly (Stove)

Wondering how to cook Costco pork belly on the stove? The Costco sous vide pork belly stovetop directions are on the packaging. If your packaging has damage, here they are:

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high. Put pork belly slices in a single layer in the pan.
  1. The box directions suggest adding a couple tablespoons of juices from the packaging to the pan while cooking. This is optional.
  1. Sear pork belly in the pan on both sides until it reaches the safe temp of 145F (63C) for at least 15 seconds. Use a meat thermometer to check it. Watch it closely- it goes from crisp to burnt quite quickly!

🔥 Costco Pork Belly Strips Recipe (Grill)

You can also heat sous vide pork belly strips on the grill. Here are the directions for grilled pork belly from the Costco packaging:

  1. Heat grill to medium-high. Put pork belly strips in a single layer on the grill.
  1. When the edges begin browning, after about 2 minutes, flip the pork belly slices.
  1. Cook pork belly until browned and internal temp is greater than 145F (63C) for 15 seconds. Use a meat thermometer to be sure.

📋 Costco Pork Belly Calories

Plain Costco pork belly (sous vide) provides 320 calories per slice. There are 10 slices in the box. BBQ pork belly will be higher in calories, but the nutrition info will depend on the barbecue sauce you use.

⭐ Costco Pork Belly Nutrition

Here is the nutrition info for Costco pork belly (1 slice sous vide pork belly without seasonings):

  • Calories: 320
  • Total fat: 28g
  • Saturated fat: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 590mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Net carbs: 5g
  • Total sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Potassium: 454mg
  • Iron: 6% DV
  • Calcium: 0% DV

Pork belly is a high fat, low carb food that does not fit vegan or vegetarian diets.

🥶 Can I freeze Costco pork belly?

Cooked Costco pork belly freezes well. You can keep it in a freezer-safe container, vacuum sealed bag, or in a freezer storage bag with the air pressed out.

🌡 How long can pork belly stay in fridge?

Cooked pork belly will last up to 3-4 days in the fridge. Keep the pork belly in a covered food-safe container. Pork belly can be reheated in a microwave-safe bowl for about 1 minute.

🥔 What to Serve with Costco Pork Belly

Costco pork belly is delicious in tacos, sliders, or on its own. Here are some foods that go with pork belly:

costco pork belly bites

FAQs

What’s the Costco pork belly price (2024)?

How much does pork belly cost? At the time of writing, Swift pork belly costs $4.29 per pound. Costco raw pork belly strips cost $4.99 per pound. Costco sous vide pork belly costs $6.99 per pound.

Is Costco pork belly cured?

Costco only has one pork belly option that is cured. Costco Kirkland sous vide pork belly is cured. Swift whole pork belly and the pork belly slices are not cured.

Is Costco pork belly fully cooked?

Costco only has one pork belly option that is fully cooked. Costco Kirkland sous vide pork belly has been cooked. Swift whole pork belly and the pork belly slices are raw.

Is pork belly and bacon the same thing?

Pork belly and bacon come from the belly of a pig, but that’s where the similarities end. Bacon is smoked, cured, and sliced, while pork belly is (usually) not cured or smoked. Additionally, pork belly is often sold in larger pieces or slabs.

👩🏻‍🍳 More Costco Foods

Are you looking for other recipes using Costco foods? You’re in luck, I have several Costco recipes on the site! Check these out:

Watch How to Make It!

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Costco Pork Belly Recipe (How to Cook Kirkland Pork Belly)

Summer Yule
Learn how to cook Costco pork belly in the air fryer, oven, grill, or stove!
5 from 4 votes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 320 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package Costco pork belly
  • BBQ seasoning
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
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Instructions

  • Note: We're using Costco fully cooked sous vide pork belly for these recipes!

Costco Pork Belly in Ninja Foodi:

  • The box of Costco pork belly contains two packages of five pork belly slices. You need four pork belly slices for this recipe. 
  • Cut each pork belly slice into 5 pork belly bites. They’ll each be about 1-inch (2.54 cm) wide.  
  • Place the pork belly bites in a single layer in the Ninja Foodi basket. 
  • Season the pork belly lightly on the top with BBQ seasoning. The pork belly is already salted, so don’t overdo it. 
  • Air fry for 5 minutes at 400°F (200°C). (There is no need to preheat the Ninja Foodi.) 
  • Then flip the pork belly pieces, lightly season, and air fry for 3 minutes at 400°F (200°C). 
  • Ensure the pork belly has reached the minimum safe temp of 145°F (63°C) with an instant-read thermometer. If so, it is ready to serve. 
  • Optional: place the pork belly in a bowl and gently coat with BBQ sauce. Put back in the Foodi in a single layer, and air fry for 3 more minutes at 400°F (200°C). 

Costco Pork Belly in Oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C). Place pork belly slices in a single layer on a rimmed metal baking pan. 
  • Bake until browned and internal temp is greater than 145°F (63°C) for 15 seconds. Use a meat thermometer to be sure. 

Costco Pork Belly on Stove:

  • Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high on the stovetop. Put pork belly slices in a single layer in the pan. (The box directions suggest adding a couple tablespoons of juices from the packaging to the pan while cooking. This is optional.)
  • Sear pork belly in the pan on both sides until it reaches the safe temp of 145°F (63°C) for at least 15 seconds. Use a meat thermometer to check it. Watch it closely- it goes from crisp to burnt quite quickly! 

Costco Pork Belly on Grill:

  • Heat grill to medium-high. Put pork belly strips in a single layer on the grill. 
  • When the edges begin browning, after about 2 minutes, flip the pork belly slices. 
  • Cook pork belly until browned and internal temp is greater than 145°F (63°C) for 15 seconds. Use a meat thermometer to be sure. 

Notes

💭 Expert Tips from Dietitian Summer Yule

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). The nutrition information provided is for one Costco pork belly slice (sous vide). Nutrition information will vary depending on the BBQ seasoning and BBQ sauce you use.
Regardless of the type of Costco pork belly you choose, pork belly is a high fat and high calorie food. It should be thought of like bacon, more an added fat than a protein. One slice of pork belly gives you 252 calories from fat and only 52 calories from protein.
If you have a weight loss goal, I recommend thinking of pork belly as a small side or appetizer. Other foods, including lean proteins, non-starchy veggies, and slow carbs, should be the stars of your plate.
This will help bring the saturated fat in your meal down. Meanwhile, the filling protein, fiber, and fluid volume of the meal will go up. This may make it easier for you to feel full on fewer calories and maintain the calorie deficit needed for weight loss.
If you are on a keto or low carb diet, there are sugar free BBQ sauces available that you can use. However, I still recommend remaining mindful of your pork belly intake. Some find it easy to sabotage their weight loss efforts on low carb diets with excessive intake of high fat foods.
 
Nutrition information is for one slice of Costco pork belly (sous vide) without BBQ seasoning or sauce. This is equivalent to 5 pork belly bites.

 

nutrition info disclaimer

 

All recipes on this website may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician if you need help determining the dietary pattern that may be best for you.

 

The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be inaccurate, so please don’t sweat the numbers too much.

 

“To taste” means to your preferences, which may have to be visual to follow food safety rules. Please don’t eat undercooked food x

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 13gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 590mgPotassium: 454mgIron: 6% DV
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