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Smoked Garlic Porchetta

Recipe courtesy of David Gassaway


  • 1 Johnston’s Pork Belly (2-3 lbs) trimmed
  • 1 Johnston’s Pork Loin (2 lbs) trimmed
  • ¼ lb pancetta thinly sliced
  • 1 large fennel bulb thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 sweet onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ground fennel
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • kosher salt & freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Herb Rub

  • 3 large lemons zested
  • 2 rosemary bunches
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  • Sauté in a pan, over medium heat - onions, fennel bulb, celery & garlic in olive oil until softened. Set aside to cool.
  • Score the skin side of the pork belly crisscrossing every 1-2 inches. Cover with plastic wrap & flip over. Season the meat side of the pork belly with the ground fennel, oregano & chili flakes. Season with salt & freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Over the seasonings layer the pancetta, top with the cooled onion & fennel bulb mixture. Lay the pork loin in the centre of the pork belly lengthwise. Tie the porchetta up at one inch intervals to create a uniform roll.
  • In a food processer pulse the zest & rosemary, garlic & olive oil to create a paste. Slather the paste over the porchetta. Work the herb rub into the scored skin. Season the porchetta generously with salt & freshly cracked black pepper. Cover with plastic wrap & marinate overnight.
  • Smoke the porchetta cut side down for 4 hours at 225°F then increase heat to 375°F for the last ½ - 1 hr or until the skin is crispy. Slice and serve.

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