I have loved lardo since I was introduced to it a few summers ago. It is a solid white brick of pork fat that has been cured and aged for a month. After a recent trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to try lardo from its birthplace in Colonnata, Italy. After I finished the piece of lardo that I brought back with me, I knew I had to recreate this wonderful piece of cured fat. We had eight pigs raised for Black Butte Ranch this last summer and this pork fat came off of one of the bellies. I kept it wrapped in plastic and foil in the freezer until I was ready to use it, it is important to keep it wrapped in foil to prevent light from hitting the fat, as this will ruin and spoil it.
3# Pork Fat from the belly
1/2# Coarse Sea Salt
1oz Pink Curing Salt
8ea Rosemary Sprigs
- Combine all dry ingredients (except the rosemary) and sprinkle a quarter of the dry mix onto a non-reactive pan.
- Toss the pork fat with the remaining dry mix.
- Remove the rosemary from the stem and put a quarter of it in the pan with the dry.
- Re-toss the fat in the dry mix and place it in the pan with the dry mix and rosemary.
- Put the remaining rosemary on top of the pork fat.
- Cover the pan with plastic and then a sheet of foil to prevent light from getting to the fat.
- Place another pan on top of the pork fat and add about 10 pounds of weight. You can do this by putting cans or full water bottles into the pan that is on top of the pork.
- Refrigerate and let the fat cure for 10-12 days.
- After the 10-12 days, the fat should feel firm.
- Rinse the pork and pat dry; wrap with cheesecloth and hang in a cool, dark, and humid place for 18-24 days. Ideally you will be looking for a 60°F temperature with 60%-70% humidity.
- Once dried, remove the discolored and dried outer edges. Slice thin and enjoy with olive oil baguettes or your favorite bread.