You won’t regret spending a little extra time on dinner after you try these seriously amazing Pork Carnitas. One batch feeds our family for at least 3 or 4 meals, so it’s perfect for those of us who take a day to food prep for the week.

The ingredients are simple, fresh, clean and the extra broiling at the end gives this recipe the edge over all the other carnita recipes out there. Pair with some whole wheat tortillas, corn salsa and guacamole for a perfect little mexican meal! Enjoy! 

Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr 30 min
  1. 4 pound boneless pork butt, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
  2. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  3. 3/4 tsp pepper
  4. 1 tsp ground cumin
  5. 1 onion, peeled and halved
  6. 2 bay leaves
  7. 1 tsp dried oregano
  8. 2 Tb fresh lime juice
  9. 2 C water
  10. 1 medium orange, juiced and keep the spent halves
  1. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat to 300 degrees
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large Dutch oven, including the spent orange halves and juice
  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, uncovered
  4. Once it simmers, cover pot and transfer it to the oven, and cook until the meat falls apart when prodded with a fork, about 2 hours
  5. Remove the pot from the oven and turn on the broiler
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pan and place it on a large foil-lined jelly roll pan
  7. Remove and discard everything from the pot except for the cooking liquid
  8. Place pot over high heat on the stove and boil until thick and syrupy, about 20 minutes
  9. You should have about 1 C of liquid remaining when it is finished
  10. 10. While the liquid is reducing, use two forks to pull each cube of pork into three equal sized pieces
  11. Once the liquid has become a syrup, gently fold in the pieces of pork into the pot, but try not to break up the pork any further
  12. Spread the pork back onto the foil lined pan and evenly spread the meat around so there is a single layer of meat
  13. Place the pan on the lower middle rack of the oven and broil until the top of the meat is well browned and edges are slightly crisp, about 5 to 8 minutes
  14. Using a wide metal spatula, flip the pieces of meat and broil the other side until well browned and edges are slightly crisp, 5 to 8 minutes
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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