Homemade porchetta with crispy skin

Store-bought porchetta is thinly sliced ham. At least in the Netherlands. But real porchetta is so much more.
Porchetta is an Italian pork belly roast with loads of flavours. I will show you how to make the best porchetta with crispy skin.

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Resting time 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 17 kcal


  • 1 whole pork belly Skin on
  • 1 whole fennel
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 finely chopped shallots
  • 8 twigs oregano
  • 3 twigs rosemary
  • 1 zested lemon
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp rock salt


  • Slice open the pork belly so you get more surface. This is called butterflying the meat. Ask your butcher to do it for you when you don’t know how to do it.
  • Chop the heart out of the fennel and get rid of the outside leaves. Chop it fine. Also chop finely the garlic, shallots, oregano and rosemary.
  • Mix it all up and sprinkle it all on the inside of the pork belly. Then sprinkle on the zest, pepper and salt.
  • Roll up the pork belly and tie it up with butcher twine.
  • Fire up your grill with an indirect temperature of 140°C/284°F. Put the porchetta on the grates with an oven tray underneath to catch the drippings. Close the lid.
  • When the skin starts to dry and starts to harden we raise the temperature of the grill to 250°C/482°F.
  • Cook the meat to a core temperature of 65°C/140°F. Let it rest for 20 minutes before slicing it.



Calories: 17kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1771mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 61IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Crispy, Grilled, Pork belly
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