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Italian Smoked Pork

By: Pitmaster Chris Lilly

Cook time: 90+ Minutes


  • 1 Smithfield® Bone-In Pork Shoulder Butt Roast (about 6 lbs.)
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups chicken stock, divided


  1. Build a charcoal fire for indirect cooking by situating the coals on only one side of the grill, leaving the other side empty. Preheat the grill to 250°F.
  2. In a food processor, combine the parsley, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper, fennel seeds, and olive oil. Process until a coarse paste is formed. Spread the paste all over the pork. Put the pork into a medium baking pan. Pour 1 cup of chicken broth into the bottom of the pan. Put the pan over indirect heat and cook until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 195°F, about 8 hours.
  3. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let it rest for 15 minutes before chopping.
  4. Return the pan to direct heat and add the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock. Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Chop the pork and put it into the stock. Keep warm.
Yields: 10 Servings
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