3 pounds pork belly, sliced into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup salt, plus more for seasoning
Peanut oil, for frying
1 cup mayonnaise
6 tablespoons maple syrup
Six 6-inch French baguettes, halved horizontally and toasted
Louisiana-style hot sauce, for spreading
2 cups chopped lettuce
1 cup sliced dill pickles
Fully submerge the pork belly in a pot of water, add the salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the pork belly is flaky and tender, 3 to 4 hours. Turn off the heat and drain.
Heat peanut oil in a fryer or large pot to 350 degrees F. Gently place handfuls of the rendered pork belly into the fryer until golden crispiness, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate or bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Mix the mayonnaise and maple syrup in a bowl. Spread a hefty portion onto the bottom baguette halves, followed by a little squirt of the hot sauce. Top with a handful of chopped lettuce, a couple slices of dill pickles and the fried pork belly. Finish with another heavy drizzle of the mayonnaise-maple mixture. Enjoy!
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