Super High Octane Porchetta

Super High Octane Porchetta

Ingredients

  • 1 5-6-pound piece fresh pork belly, skin on
  • 1 (trimmed) 2-3-pound boneless, center-cut pork loin
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Ancho Chili Powder (Buy Goya Dried Ancho)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tbsps. RocketFuel Super High Octane
  • Kosher salt

method

PREPARATION
  1. Put belly skin side down; arrange loin in center. Roll belly around loin so the short ends of the belly meet. If any of the belly or loin overhangs, trim meat. Unroll; set loin aside.
  2. Toast fennel seeds and Ancho Chili Powder in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Tip spices into a bowl; let cool. Finely grind spices in a spice mill and transfer to a small bowl, along with the sage, rosemary, garlic and Super High Octane; set fennel mixture aside.
  3. Assemble Porchetta according to steps 1-5.
  4. Refrigerate roast, uncovered, for 1-2 days to allow skin to air-dry; pat occasionally with paper towels.
  5. Let Porchetta sit at room temperature for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 500°F. Season Porchetta with salt. Roast on rack in baking sheet, turning once, for 40 minutes. Reduce heat to 300°F and continue roasting, rotating the pan and turning Porchetta occasionally, until your thermometer inserted into center of meat registers 145°F, 1 1/2-2 hours more. If skin is not yet deep brown and crisp, increase heat to 500°F and roast for 10 minutes more. Let rest for 30 minutes. Using a sharp knife, slice into 1/2" rounds.
     STEPS:
  1. Set belly skin side down. Using a knife, score the belly flesh in a checkerboard pattern 1/3" deep so roast will cook evenly.
  2. Flip belly skin side up. Using a paring knife, poke dozens of 1/8"-deep holes through skin all over belly. Don't be gentle! Keep poking.
  3. Using the jagged edge of a meat mallet, pound skin all over for 3 minutes to tenderize, which will help make skin crispy when roasted.
  4. Turn belly and generously salt both it and loin; rub both with fennel mixture. Arrange loin down middle of belly. Top with orange slices.
  5. Roll belly around loin; tie crosswise with kitchen twine at 1/2" intervals. Trim twine. Transfer roast to a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet.
Serves 10-12