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Wow your guests this holiday season with Smoked Porchetta! This impressive Italian-style roast is chock-full of amazing flavor and relatively inexpensive compared to prime rib.

Sliced Smoked Porchetta

One of our favorite roasts to make year-round is smoked porchetta. However, this gorgeous roast steals the spotlight during the holidays.
This smoked porchetta recipe is perfect for those who have experience using a smoker or grill. It is by no means a novice recipe and does require dry brining, trimming, and tying. The result is well worth it, though! The meat is tender and juicy, while the crispy crackling skin is toothsome. Oh, and the leftovers make some fantastic sandwiches too. Certainly a win-win proposition in our book.

What is porchetta?

Porchetta is a savory rolled roast with skin on pork belly with the pork loin still attached. However, you can purchase the loin and skin-on pork belly separately to form the porchetta. The roast is typically salted overnight, stuffed with fresh herbs (fennel, rosemary, and sage) and citrus zest, then tied with kitchen twine. Traditionally, porchetta is slow-roasted over a wood fire but can be cooked in an oven, grill, or smoker.

How long does it take to cook porchetta at 275 degrees?

It will take about 20-22 minutes per pound to cook a porchetta to an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Of course, each grill or smoker works differently and could result in various cooking times. For best results, use a temperature probe or a reliable instant-read thermometer to help determine doneness.

Rolled pork roast, sliced on cutting board

Recipe ingredients

  • 1 10-pound pork belly with pork loin attached
  • Salt (kosher for the dry brine, and table salt for seasoning)
  • zest of 1 medium-sized orange
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Fennel seeds (or 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh fennel)
  • Fresh sage, rosemary, and thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes

What is the best wood for smoked porchetta?

Use mild to moderate wood like apple, cherry, or pecan. You can also mix and match woods as desired.

whole porchetta on a cutting board

How to make it

  • Lay the meat loin side up. Roll the roast, and trim the excess pork belly and fat to fit the loin. Unroll, and make cross-hatched marks in the loin meat.
  • Next, turn the roast fat side up, and make uniform holes along the surface. Doing this will help render the fat and crisp the skin as it cooks.

Seasoning and tying the porchetta

  • Combine orange zest with herbs, spices, garlic, salt, black and red pepper, and olive oil in a bowl.
  • Slather the loin portion with the herb mixture. Roll and tie the roast with kitchen twine.

Cooking porchetta on a grill or smoker

Rolled pork roast on grill
  • Place roast onto a clean pan or baking sheet. Season with kosher salt and place the entire thing into the refrigerator, uncovered for 12 hours.
  • Prepare the grill for 275 degrees and use your desired wood chips, chunks, or pellets. If using a charcoal unit, set up for two-zone (indirect) cooking.
  • Remove the porchetta from the refrigerator, and gently blot any moisture on the surface.
  • Place roast on the grill, close the lid and cook for 3 1/2-4 hours, turning the roast halfway through cooking time. Keep an eye on the temperature and adjust as needed.

Searing the roast

  • Once the internal temperature of the porchetta reaches 140 degrees F, it’s time to crisp the skin.
  • Either broil it in your oven, turning it often to achieve a uniform crispness, or follow your grill manufacturer’s instructions for broiling/searing.

Slicing and serving porchetta

  • Place the smoked porchetta on a clean cutting board and let it stand for 20 minutes.
  • Cut the twine off, and carve the roast into 1/2″-3/4″ thick slices.
Porchetta sandwich

Storing leftovers

  • Store sliced smoked porchetta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or, store in vacuum-sealed bags in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in your refrigerator before rewarming in a skillet or a 325-degree oven.

What to serve with smoked porchetta:

Sliced Smoked Porchetta

Smoked Porchetta

Wow your guests this holiday season with Smoked Porchetta! This impressive Italian-style roast is chock-full of amazing flavor and relatively inexpensive compared to prime rib.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American BBQ, Italian
Keyword: porchetta, smoked porchetta
Prep Time: 1 day 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 1 10-pound pork belly with pork loin attached
  • kosher salt
  • zest of 1 medium-sized orange
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds or 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh fennel
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Lay the meat loin side up. Roll the roast, and trim the excess pork belly and fat to fit the loin. Unroll, and make cross-hatched marks in the loin meat.
  • Next, turn the roast fat side up, and make uniform holes along the surface. Doing this will help render the fat and crisp the skin as it cooks.
  • Combine orange zest with herbs, spices, garlic, salt, black and red pepper, and olive oil in a bowl.
  • Slather the loin portion with the herb mixture. Roll and tie the roast with kitchen twine.
  • Place roast onto a clean pan or baking sheet. Season well with kosher salt and place the entire thing into the refrigerator, uncovered for 12 hours.
  • Prepare the grill for 275 degrees and use your desired wood chips, chunks, or pellets.
  • Remove the porchetta from the refrigerator, and gently blot any moisture off the surface with paper towels.
  • Place roast on the grill, close the lid and cook for 3 1/2-4 hours, turning the roast halfway through cooking time. Keep an eye on the temperature and adjust as needed.
  • Once the internal temperature of the porchetta reaches 140 degrees F, it’s time to crisp the skin.
  • Either broil it in your oven, turning it often to achieve a uniform crispness, or follow your grill manufacturer’s instructions for broiling/searing.
  • Place the smoked porchetta on a clean cutting board and let it stand for 20 minutes. Cut the twine off, and carve the roast into 1/2″-3/4″ thick slices.
  • Store sliced smoked porchetta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or, store in vacuum-sealed bags in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw out in your refrigerator before rewarming in a skillet or the oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Check out our Best Holiday Recipes for the Grill and Smoker!

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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