Forever Roasted Pork

"A Michael Chiarello recipe. Made this up yesterday because I was craving delicious, fall-apart tender pork and this really fit the bill. This is Recipe #107646, which you need for this recipe and is easy to make and good for so many other dishes! This delicious roast requires long, slow cooking. I say it was worth the wait!"
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Ready In:
8hrs 25mins




  • Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat until hot; add the onions and a pinch of salt and pepper; reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 1 minute; add the sage and cook until the onions cease throwing off water, about 3 minutes; add the water, cover, and cook until the onions are very tender, about 10 minutes; uncover and saute until the onions are very soft and the pan is dry again, about 2 minutes; season well with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit; peel back the pork skin and spread the onions directly on the fat layer; fold the skin back over the onions and tie closed with kitchen string (I didn't do this - just patted everything into place); season well all over with the fennel spice.
  • Arrange the meat on a rack in a roasting pan and cook until the meat is very tender, 6 to 8 hours; it is ready when it pulls away easily if picked at with a pair of tongs; it is often easiest to cook the meat overnight, or put it in the oven in the morning and let it cook all day; it does not need to be attended.

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  1. This turned out very tasty, although it was my first attempt at roasting such a large piece of meat (4 lb). I roasted the meat in my convection oven, on a rack over a shallow pan, at the temperature given. I thought the meat might cook more quickly in the convection oven, so when it started smelling done after 3 1/2 hours, I tried to take a piece with a fork, and it came loose! So, I removed it from the oven then, only to find that, although it was cooked through, it was not all cooked enough to shred. I decided to save the portions for later, and I'm sure they will be enjoyed. I also was wondering if I should have covered the meat. Thank you very much for posting this recipe. It was an experience.
  2. I made this recipe last night, there were 4 of us and we all agree this is the best Pork Roast you will ever have!! and at $.99 a pound on sale, it is cheap to make, the taste is marvelous!


<style>body { background: url(""); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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