Friday, October 9, 2015

Pork Carnitas Recipe

I've been looking for a good pork carnitas recipe lately. This the best so far:

My take on it:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 pounds of pork, cut into large chunks
  • 1.5 tbsp (4-5 tsp) kosher salt. Reduce the amount if using table salt and not kosher salt. It’s way more dense. 
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 heaping tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 packet chicken bouillon powder (makes 2 cups)
  • 1 packet sazon seasoning
  • 3-4 cans of beer, to cover pork
  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Coat pork with salt, then fry in the pot until brown.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until pork is fork tender, about 2.5 hours
  4. Transfer pork to a large baking sheet and pull/shred pork
  5. Drizzle some of the cooking liquid over the pulled pork and put in the oven at 400 degrees
  6. Every 10 minutes, drizzle more of the liquid over the pork
  7. After 30 minutes, remove pork from oven and serve