Simple Carnitas

Simple Carnitas

Ken from CA 174

"This the easiest recipe for tasty carnitas. Once cooked, the meat can also be shredded and mixed with BBQ sauce for incredible pulled pork sandwiches, or pan fried in a little oil until crisp on the outside."


3 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 188 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 188 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 6.6g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 18.4 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 2332 mg
  • 93%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the pork shoulder, oranges, onion, garlic, kosher salt, cumin, black peppercorns, and bay leaves into a large Dutch oven. Add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Skim off any foam that rises to the top. Cover loosely, and simmer until the meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Allow the pork to cool, covered, in the broth for 1 hour. Shred the meat with two forks.
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  1. 245 Ratings


I need to clarify a few things. First, carnitas are heavily seasoned but not flavored. Seasoning is basically salt but flavors mainly come from condiments. I changed out the lard for water lo...

Ken, this is a winner, a five star! I bought that huge package from Costco that contains about 15 lbs of boneless pork shoulder. That meat is a pain in the neck to cook with because of all the...

Fantastic! My roast was frozen solid, so I threw it in the slow cooker whole, along with everything else. Cooked it on low for 9 hours and the result was amazing. Loved the subtle orange flavor ...