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Al Capone Roast
This is our version of a Wisconsin Up North Classic, the “Al Capone Roast.” An Al Capone Roast is said to have been made popular by the gangster Al Capone who was notorious for “hiding out” in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Not only was Al Capone a gangster but he was a gangster who loved good food. Al Capone Roast is by far my favorite roast ever. It’s delicious and worth trying. Trust me, you’ll love it!
Several years ago, when we bought our first Al Capone Roast, we immediately fell in love with this delicious and tasty roast. We always purchased an Al Capone Roast from a small grocery store located near Rhinelander WI. Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult to find an Al Capone Roast in any grocery store in our area. One day, when we were grocery shopping at the grocery store that usually carried Al Capone Roast, we asked the butcher why they didn’t carry them anymore.
Made Our Own Version
He simply said that due to the increase in the price of ingredients used to make an Al Capone Roast, it was just too expensive to make them anymore. People just didn’t want to pay that much for a roast, so we decided to make our own version of the famous Al Capone Roast and boy are we so glad we did!!
How Is It Made
An Al Capone Roast is traditionally made up of a boneless pork loin and beef tenderloin which are butterflied, then layered with fresh Italian sausage,
sliced black olives, chopped fresh mushrooms, sliced pepperoni, Genoa salami, and hard salami then topped with slices of mozzarella and provolone cheese. The whole thing is sprinkled with Italian seasoning and rolled up. (Now you know why it is so expensive to make!)
Our version is made with a less expensive cut of meat and we feel, a cut of meat that has so much more flavor than the traditional boneless pork loin and beef tenderloin. We opted for a Porketta Roast due to its great flavor, availability and its Italian roots. Perfetto!
What Is a Porketta Roast?
Porketta Roast is a spicy, tasty and extremely moist boneless pork roast. It’s covered with a dry rub combination. The rub can include dill seed, fennel seed, oregano, lemon pepper, garlic and onion powder. A Porketta Roast starts out as a Boston cut pork shoulder, which is one of the juiciest and most flavorful cuts of pork. The pork roast is de-boned, excess fat is removed and butterflied. The roast is then literally sprinkled with a delicious dry rub seasoning blend. Now let’s get on to this recipe!