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A close up of sliced pork belly porchetta with a knife.

Pork Belly Porchetta

Teri & Jenny
5 from 1 vote
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12
Calories 2364 kcal


spice rub

  • 3 tablespoons minced rosemary
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced thyme
  • 1 tablespoon diced and rendered pancetta
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons crushed fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


  • 12 pound whole pork belly (skin-on)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Place all spice rub ingredients into a small mixing bowl and toss together until well combined.
  • Place the pork belly on a clean surface, skin-side up and score the entire surface with a sharp knife, making sure not to cut into the meat. Pat both sides dry with a paper towel and set the pork belly, skin-side down.
  • Sprinkle the spice rub onto the pork belly and generously rub onto the entire surface of the meat.
  • Very tightly roll the belly into a log, making sure no gaps remain on the inside and tie roast with butchers twine, making ties 1 inch apart (you can use bamboo skewers to help hold the rolled belly together, while tying up with twine).
  • Place rolled roast into a roasting dish and refrigerate, uncovered, for about 6 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine sea salt and baking powder.
  • Pat porchetta dry with a paper towel and generously rub with salt and baking powder mixture.
  • Roast porchetta for about 1 hour and 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140˚F, basting every 30 minutes. Then continue to roast for an additional 1hr 30 minutes or until the meat, passed the skin, is soft and tender.
  • Increase oven temperature to 450˚F and roast for about 20 minutes, to get the skin extra crispy.
  • Remove from the oven and allow porchetta to rest for about 15 minutes (internal temperature should finish at 155-160˚F). Thinly slice with a serrated knife and serve.


  • *Makes 1 (~12 lbs.) Porchetta


Calories: 2364kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 43gFat: 241gSaturated Fat: 88gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 1062mgPotassium: 869mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 89IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 3mg
Keyword porchetta, pork
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