Iron Range Porketta
These garlicky shredded pork sandwiches are everywhere in Minnesota’s Iron Range region but virtually unknown elsewhere. It's time to change that.
Why This Recipe Works
Not to be confused with Italian porchetta, Iron Range porketta is a fennel-and-garlic-seasoned pulled pork hailing from Minnesota. Butterflying the pork butt sped up cooking, and cutting a crosshatch in the surface ensured that the seasoning—a mixture of granulated garlic, crushed fennel seeds, salt, and pepper—penetrated. Before roasting, we topped the meat with sliced fresh fennel for a second layer of flavor.