Thai Style Grilled Pork Neck Recipe

 pork neck plated

Note: Dried tamarind comes in sticky blocks and can be found at most Asian markets.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 8 hrs 30 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon fish sauce, divided

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided

  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lime

  • 3 pounds pork neck, belly, or shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks

  • 4 ounces dried tamarind (see note)

  • 1 bird's eye chile, thinly sliced


  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup fish sauce, soy sauce, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and lime juice. Place pork neck in a nonreactive container, then pour in all the marinade and mix to distribute evenly. Cover, refrigerate, and allow to marinate at least overnight and up to 2 days.

  2. Slice tamarind into a few pieces. Place the pieces in a small bowl and add 1 cup boiling water. Let soak for 20 minutes, then mash the tamarind with your fingers. Pour the mash and its liquid into a strainer placed over an empty bowl. Press down on the tamarind pulp with your fingers until only the seeds and fiber are left in the strainer. Discard the contents of the strainer. Add remaining fish sauce and sugar along with sliced chilis and mix to combine. Set aside.

  3. Remove the pork from marinade and pat dry with a paper towel. Grill the pieces of pork over indirect heat in a covered grill, until meat is tender and the surface is charred, about 45 minutes. Alternatively, place pork on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, cover with foil, and roast in a pre-heated 350°F oven until tender and charred, about 45 minutes. Let rest 20 minutes, then slice and serve with tamarind sauce.

Special equipment

3 quart saute pan, grill, or cast iron skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
658 Calories
43g Fat
11g Carbs
54g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 658
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 195mg 65%
Sodium 1483mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 54g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 863mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)