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Monday, October 25, 2010


Carnitas is not a particular cut of meat but a process of cooking the meat slowly and can be used with all meats but pork has been the main type of meat used for carnitas.


1 4-5 pound pork shoulder or butt roast w/ bone
3 tablespoons shorting or better, bacon grease
1-2 tablespoons salt
2-3 tablespoon chile powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2-3 cups of water


Place shorting/bacon grease in large fry pan on med low setting
Season one side of pork roast and place in pan on seasoned side
Let cook for 15-20 minutes
Season the next side and turn until all *6 sides are seasoned and browned
*If you can’t do the ends or only one don’t worry
Once all sides are browned remove from pan and slice off all the meat from the bone
Season the cut uncooked portions and return to pan to brown
Place in dutch oven, or other lidded cooking dish, add water to almost cover the meat and cook at 300 degrees F for 2-3 hours

Place meat in bowl and using two forks shred meat
Place shredded meat in a single layer on a sheet pan and broil for 5 minutes, turn and broil for another 5 minutes making the ends brown and crispy
Meat is ready for tacos or any dish that calls for carnitas

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