Carnitas are a tender, crispy Mexican pulled pork that can be served as a plate with Mexican rice and beans or in burritos or tacos. They are quite simple to make but they do take time. This is how I make mine. They render such an excellent result that I never have any left-overs.
Pork butt with skin
4 Pound (Cut Into 2 Inch Pieces)
1 Medium, peeled and halved
1 , stemmed and halved
1 Cup (16 tbs)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Rinse the pork and place it in a large, heavy pot – preferably a Dutch oven. Season generously with salt, pepper, cumin and garlic. Toss well to coat all of the pork.
Place the onion and chili pepper halves and the bay leaves in the pot, amongst the pork. Season with the oregano. Place the orange peels in the pot. Add the juice of the lime and oranges and sufficient water to barely cover the meat.
Bring the pot to a boil. Cover and place in the oven. Braise the pork for 3 hours and remove from oven.
Remove onion, chili pepper and bay leaves from pork. Do one of the following:
1. Place the cooked pork in a baking sheet, in an individual layer, and broil it until crisp. Turn it a couple of times. OR
2. Place the pot on the stove and fry the meat in its own fat. This will take a good hour. Flip the meat often, making sure to scrape the bottom. Cook until your pork is crisp but not dry.
Serve and enjoy!
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Do you like pork? We have a nice pork carnitas recipe which is very easy to make but takes little long. It can be served with rice, tacos, burritos and other Mexican dishes. Watch the video for the entire recipe.