The pros: Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon Wrapped Porchetta Pork Roast is a great seasonal find that makes for a presentable roast.
The cons: This is a seasonal item so if you want to try it, grab one as soon as possible because when they are gone they are gone.
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So when the Fearless Flyer landed I was excited to see some holiday roasts. But they flyer landed on the 28th of November this year and wouldn't have these roasts in until December 6th. That's a long time to have people hanging. I'm not the type to try something new on a holiday. I always want to do a recipe before serving it to anyone. Well, fear not. I tried it. I think I'll be picking up another one for the freezer. Sadly, this is a seasonal item, but would make for a nice Sunday dinner any time. It's perfect for the pork lovers in your life.
Making this required some minor kitchen equipment. A roasting rack, a baking sheet, and a meat thermometer are what is needed. I used a standard cooling rack to lift my roast about the cookie sheet. It lead to a perfectly crisp exterior all the way around and allowed for the excess fat to drain away. Now, if you've read any of my other posts on meats, I have an iDevices thermometer that pairs with my phone via bluetooth. How many roasts have I burned or overcooked since getting the device? Zero. Gone are the moments of forgetting to set a timer, or worse sitting for what seems like a moment and then wondering, "what's that smell?" As your thermometer is placed in the center, then you'll have an accurate read and be able to remove your meat at the precise temperature without opening and closing the oven door.
The directions on this are fairly straight forward. Let this sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. If you are like me and have an electric oven, then this is your standard wait time to get and maintain an oven at 500F. After 25 minutes, the oven was turned down and cooking continued until it reached 145F. I know the directions say 150F. The USDA says 145F is safe, therefore I want my meat to be safe but moist. And moist it was. The bacon was perfectly crisp. The netting allowed it to conform to the shape of the meat. When the netting was removed, it was easy with a pair of scissors. After waiting around for this roast to cool enough to slice into it, I had perfectly cooked moist pork. That was accented by the thin slice of bacon that wrapped it and there was a fine layer of herbs. All of which would make any pork lover happy.
For $6.99 per pound or $18.31 for the one I reached for, it made for 7 nice sized slices. There is some shrinkage in the oven, so plan accordingly. This was not greasy in anyway. The bacon ensured that the meat stayed moist. My husband and I enjoyed this. I'd pick up another before they are gone for the season. It's a roast that isn't much effort. This is a safe bet if you are thinking about reaching for this for the holidays. It's only a bummer to think about the fact that this would make a lovely Sunday dinner regardless of the season.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon Wrapped Porchetta Pork Roast:
The nutritional information:
The ingredients of Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon Wrapped Porchetta Pork Roast:
What Porchetta is and how to prepare:
Watching the temperature rise (on my phone) on my roast. And since it doesn't mention it, yes, this roast will take about an hour of just cooking time. Yes, set my timer for 145F to remove it as that is what the USDA says is the safe temperature for pork. The temperature did continue to rise after it left the oven. The red line is where the alarm on my phone went off to remind me that it was done.
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Uncured Bacon Wrapped Porchetta Pork Roast again. Even if it's just for the freezer, this item is well priced and very good.
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