September 25, 2015

Pork Carnitas

I love it when I find a meal to make where I can utilize my Dutch Oven.  You know it's gonna be good if you break out the Dutch Oven.

Give yourself a little time to make this meal, you won't be sorry.  The meat just falls apart and is SO flavorful.

This was my first attempt at making Pork Carnitas but I'm thrilled with how it turned out. Luckily I found the recipe with enough to get dinner on the table, but that was pure luck.  Allow yourself about 3.5 hours from start to finish.  There aren't a lot of steps and it's very easy to put together.  That slow cooking time is essential for tender meat.

My husband loved this one!

Pork Carnitas
Recipe from My Kitchen Escapades

  • 4 pounds boneless pork butt, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 whole onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium orange, juiced and keep the spent halves
  1. preheat the oven to 300º, adjust your oven racks so your Dutch Oven will fit in the lower half. 
  2. In a Dutch Oven, add all of the ingredients including the used orange halves. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat with the cover off. 
  3. Put the cover on and place in the oven for about 2 hours or until the meat is falls apart when you pull at it with a fork. 
  4. Remove from the oven and turn the broiler on. 
  5. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and place on a foil lined jelly roll pan or a cookie sheet with sides. 
  6. Discard everything else that was in the Dutch Oven except for the cooking liquid. 
  7. Return the Dutch Oven and the cooking liquid to the stove top and boil on high heat until the liquid thickens and you have about 1 cup of it. 
  8. Meanwhile, use two forks to pull eat meat chunk into three pieces.  Place under the broiler and cook until the edges begin to get crisp, then flip the pieces over and follow the same process until that side has begun to crisp as well. 
  9. Once the meat has crisped up and the liquid has reduced you can combine them together and serve. 
  10. I served mine over brown rice. It is more traditional to serve in a tortilla with all your favorite toppings. 

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