Yesterday, for the Fourth, I decided I would make some smoked porketta for dinner. While I have had porketta before, I had never made it myself so I scoured the web for various incarnations and came up with my own recipe for success. Based on the results yesterday, especially with the comments made by The Wife, I would say that what follows was definitely a success.
8.5lb picnic pork roast
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 large head of garlic roughly chopped
Rosemary leaves pulled from 5 stalks
Handful of sage
5 teaspoons coarse salt
A lot of fresh cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons fennel seed crushed
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, dried, and chopped
Cut the roast along the bone and muscle seams and stuff with a mixture of all of the ingredients listed above. Wrap with butcher string and tie it tight. Rub any parts of the mixture on the outside of the roast which fell out while tying it up. Leave to sit in the fridge for up to three days in advance. Smoke for ~9 hours and enjoy!
We ate these as sandwiches and have tons of leftovers for even more. It was definitely a savory and flavorful meal and even though The Wife was apprehensive during the preparation, she was asking for seconds! If you’re not into smoking, you can cook this in the oven at 350 for many hours and get almost the same result but it was definitely better than anything I’d ever had before smoked.
Have you ever had porketta (porchetta)? If so what did you think? Do you enjoy smoking meats? When you smoke meats do you use a grill or a smoker? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.