Pork Carnitas

Thank y'all to Carole from My Kitchen Escapades for enlightening me to this recipe!  Seriously!  You deserve an award!

I commonly brand a greenish chile in addition to lime shredded pork recipe inward the deadening cooker when I'm planning pork tacos.  That was my innovation upwardly until final black when I happened upon Carole's recipe in addition to changed my game plan.  Holy moly ... I'm hence glad I did!

Let it travel noted that this recipe does require a twain of extra steps compared to but slow-cooking seasoned pork in addition to and hence shredding it.  It requires that the pork travel started on the stove top, in addition to hence slow-cooked for a twain of hours inward the oven, in addition to hence broken upwardly (while the cooking liquid reduces on the stove top), in addition to hence combined alongside said reduced liquid in addition to and hence broiled inward the oven to finish.

But, I hope y'all that it is 100% worth it!  This recipe results inward tender, juicy meat that is super flavorful in addition to caramelized.  Simply set ... it is pork perfection!  Everyone inward our identify loved this!   It's sure enough something that I volition brand in ane trial to a greater extent than ... many times over! 

Recipe from My Kitchen Escapades


four pound boneless pork butt or roast, fatty trimmed and cutting into 2 inch cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon soil cumin
1 onion, peeled in addition to halved
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cups water
1 medium orange, juiced in addition to "spent halves" reserved
Olive Oil (as needed)


Adjust oven rack to lower seat in addition to preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine all of the ingredients inward a large Dutch oven, including the spent orangish halves in addition to juice.

Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, uncovered.

Once it simmers, embrace pot in addition to transfer it to the oven. 

Here's what it'll hold off similar earlier going into in the oven:

Cook until the meat falls apart when prodded alongside a fork, nigh 2 hours. (Mine was laid upwardly nigh twenty minutes brusk of 2 hours.)

Remove the pot from the oven in addition to plough on the broiler. Use a slotted spoon to take the meat from the pan in addition to identify it on a large foil-lined jelly scroll pan or large baking sheet. Remove in addition to discard everything from the pot except for the cooking liquid. Place pot over high oestrus on the stove in addition to boil until thick in addition to syrupy ... mine took alone nigh v minutes, but it tin guide maintain upwardly to twenty minutes. You should guide maintain nigh 1 cup of liquid remaining when it is finished.

NOTE:  When y'all take the meat from the oven subsequently cooking until tender, y'all should guide maintain a decent amount of liquid remaining subsequently removing the meat.  If y'all don't, y'all tin add together inward a petty chicken stock, H2O or some to a greater extent than juice from some other orange.  This is what I had to create ... I opted for additional orangish juice.

While the liquid is reducing, utilisation 2 forks to clit each cube of pork into iii equal sized pieces.

Once the liquid has becomes thickened, gently crease inward the pieces of pork to the pot. Try non to interruption upwardly the pork whatsoever further. Taste in addition to add together additional tabular array salt in addition to pepper equally needed.

Spread the pork dorsum onto the foil-lined pan in addition to evenly spread the meat unopen to hence that at that topographic point is a unmarried layer of meat.

Place the baking canvass on the middle rack of the oven in addition to broil until the transcend of the meat is well-browned in addition to edges are slightly crisp, nigh v to 8 minutes. Using a broad metallic spatula, flip the pieces of meat in addition to broil the other side until well-browned in addition to edges are slightly crisp, v to 8 minutes. (If needed, some olive crude tin travel drizzled on transcend of pork to assist alongside the browning process.)  Serve straight off inward a tortilla alongside all of your favorite toppings.

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