Porchetta... a succulent roasted pork belly stuffed with seasoned pork shoulder. Beautifully tender meat surrounded by crispy pork skin crackle. Truly a taste to remember.



For 12 Person(s)

For the Porchetta:

  • 1 pork belly approx 10-15 lbs. available at your local butcher
  • 1 pork (capicollo/roast or pork shoulder) a few lbs will do
  • garlic, lots of it! I used 3 whole bulbs
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon corriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red chili flakes
  • 3 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • good quality extra virgin olive oil


  1. Place pork belly skin side down on a flat surface.
  2. Cut roast or shoulder into large cubes and place in a large bowl.
  3. Chop all other ingredients (garlic, herbs etc.) finely and add to bowl.
  4. Add 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to bowl and mix well.
  5. Now place contents to center of the pork belly, carefully fold both ends of belly until a large cylinder shape is created.
  6. Tie entire belly together carefully spiraling along entire outer surface and ends leaving only 1 inch of space between each loop.
  7. Cover entire belly with olive oil and coarse sea salt and place in a large tray preferrably on a baking rack.
  8. Place in a preheated 400*F oven and cook for several hours until skin is crispy and golden brown and interior temp of roast has reached 170c (use an oven probe or meat thermometer)
  9. Use the drippings from porchetta to baste skin occasionally.
  10. The size and weight of roast will determine actual cooking time.
  11. Once done, remove from oven and let stand for 1/2 hour before cutting.



Recipe Notes

This can also be cooked on a bbq/grill using indirect heat as long as your temperature is consistent and remember try not to open oven or bbq too often unless it is to baste occasionally. Enjoy!


Thursday, 08 September 2016
I use only a pork shoulder with skin on (occasionally still with some pork hair on.) I remove the b...
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- Elisa DiVirgilio