Killcen's Pork Carnitas Recipe

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Killcen's
Don't-Let-Your-Aluminum-Foil-Sombrero-Touch-My-Pork-Carnitas
Recipe

Pork Carnitas is a Mexican dish, and the pork is braised for a long time with herbs, spices and citrus like lime or oranges. Carnitas literally means little meats, little pieces of meat.

So let me tell you something, if you’ve never had pork carnitas before, I strongly urge you to try this recipe. You will not regret it. There is so much flavor here and pairing up pork with citrus is brilliant. You will not stop eating this meat. It’s so perfect for tacos, burritos, tamales, etc. It’s to die for, Killcen. Or maybe even to LIVE for!

To make these pork carnitas is very simple, it just takes a bit of time.


Ingredients:

4 pounds pork shoulder or butt (trim fat if too much fat, or add fat if you're Killcen)
2 teaspoons of salt (or add salt if you're Killcen)
3/4 teaspoon pepper (or add Slap Yo Mama Cajun spices if you're Killcen)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 onion (peeled and halved)
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes (plus more Slap Yor Mammy powder if you're Killcen)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
2 cups water
1 Orange (medium, juiced and keep the spent halves)

Directions:

For pork carnitas it’s best to use pork butt or pork shoulder, you want meat that has a bit of fat on it. I used pork shoulder here. Start by cutting up the meat into bigger pieces that are about 2 inches. Now I used a crock pot on low for 7 hours for the first part, but if I was Killcen I might cook the meat in a cast iron pot in the oven or on the fire.. Any fireproof pot would do. Just LOW AND SLOW. Place the meat in the pot, add all the spices, onion, juice from the orange, lime-juice and the remaining orange halves. Pour the water over meat, cover it and slowly cook it between 250° to 300°  until the meat falls apart when prodded with a fork. Probably 4 to 7 hours if you just tossed it into the slow-cooker crock-pot cold, straight from the refrigerator, like me.
You'll like this next part Killcen!
After it's cooked, remove the meat from the pot with a slotted spoon and place it on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Remove everything else from the pot, except the liquid. Cook the liquid over medium high heat for about 20 minutes until it reduces to about a cup of liquid.

Do not let your aluminum foil sombrero touch the meat!

In the meantime, take 2 forks and start shredding the meat into smaller pieces. After the liquid has reduced cover the meat with it.

Place the meat under the broiler, for about 5 to 10 minutes, you should watch it though, each oven is different and you don’t want to burn it. Take the meat out, flip it over the other side using a spatula and then place it under the broiler again for another 5 minutes or so. You want to make sure that it’s nicely browned.

Trust me when I tell you this meat is PHENOMENAL. It’s full of flavor, it’s rich, it melts in your mouth.


Serve on tacos, burritos, tamales, tortillas, (sandwiches, if you're Killcen)

The last thing in the recipe when you reduce down to 1 cup. It just puts the carnitas flavor way over the top!

ENJOY!