New Years Day Porchetta

Discussion in 'Pork' started by ellymae, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So, you know when you build something up in anticipation and it isn't as good as you hoped? Well... I did that with this recipe... and it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be... IT WAS BETTER!!!!

    First the marinade
    Parsley, garlic, sage, rosemary, fennel seed, lemon zest
    As I was chopping up the sage I tasted it and decided I didn't like it so tossed it and added some basil instead. 


    Made into a paste with some olive oil


    Then the fresh pork belly... 
    Got this at a local butcher. No skin which I thought would be an issue, but it was't
    I scored the fat side and rubbed it with Kosher salt


    It was just shy of 10 pounds...


    Then some Italian sausage and a small pork loin. 


    Scored the meat side, then the paste went on... fyi - that is a full size sheet pan.




    Took the sausage out of it's casing and put that on top of the paste
    Split the loin in half and put that down the middle of the belly. 


    Rolled and tied it...




    Put it in the Traeger - had to go in diagonally - it was 25 inches long



    Started it at 250* for about 3 hours


    Then I upped it to 275*

    While the pork was cooking I whipped up some rolls -my favorite bakery went up in flames Christmas Eve - sad, so I had to make my own. 


    After 5 hours it was 170* and ready to pull. 


    I tented it with foil and let it sit for 40 minutes. 





    Made a couple of sandwiches... one for me and one for Big Al



    I can't believe I haven't had this before. Will not be the last time. Wasn't difficult to do but a big payoff.
     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow great job. That looks awesome.
     
  3. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    WOW!  My mouth is watering now.  That looks great.  [​IMG]
     
  4. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    NH
    EM, That looks delicious !
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Excellent meal Ellymae!

    POINTS!!!!
     
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  6. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great!
     
  7. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A wonderful post! b
     
  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep, that looks amazing, and I'd bet the smell was out of this world!
     
  9. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks all - it is really good. I am glad I did it, will not be the last time. Just had some more for lunch today. 
     
  10. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, Ellymae. I need a picture frame. That is a work of art.

    Point.

    Disco
     
  11. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That looks incredible. Never had porchetta but this makes me want to try it!
     
  12. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    That looks wonderful, elliemae! All I've seen around here as far as belly is bacon. You just sent it to a new level....
    I'm saving this one.
    :points:
    Dan
     

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