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pat 10-07-2008 05:46 PM

Pulled Pork Carnitas
Found this recipe on and decided to try it out for football Sunday :biggrin:.

One Boston bone-in pork butt
Yellow mustard
Dry Rub (recipe below)
2 Cups Orange Juice
1 ˝ Cups Coca Cola
Two Oranges
Two Limes
Two cloves garlic peeled
Dutch oven slightly larger than cooked butt.

Brush pork butt with yellow mustard and sprinkle liberally with dry rub the night before.

Smoke pork butt until meat temperature is 170 – 175 degrees and has a nice crust.

Remove from smoke and put in a Dutch oven slightly larger than the cooked butt. Add the orange juice and Coke. Quarter the oranges and limes and add. Add two whole cloves of garlic.

Cover and put back in smoker or oven and bring to strong simmer until pork can be pulled. This normally takes a couple of hours. Once you can easily remove the bone, roughly pull or break up the pork inside the pan. Remove the fruit peels and return to smoker or oven until liquids are absorbed.

Finish pulling or chopping the pork. Sprinkle with a little more rub and toss before serving with warm tortillas, fresh salsa, guacamole or any other toppings you prefer.

Dry Rub
1/3 Cup Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1/3 Cup Sugar
˝ Tsp. Seasoned Pepper
1 Tsp Ground New Mexico Chile
1/8 Tsp Ground Jalepeno
1/8 Tsp Ground Cayenne
1/8 Tsp Ground Chipotle Powder
1 Tsp Chile Powder
1 Tbls Ground Cumin
1/8 Tsp Ground Thyme
1/8 Tsp Oregeno
1 Tsp Spanish Paprika


Threw the pork on my egg at 1:00 a.m. Saturday night and grabbed a little sleep. Checked the egg a couple of times and it was holding temp fine so back to sleep......Woke up at 7:30 Sunday, grabbed the thermapen and the butt was at 200* :eek::shock: 6 1/2 hours for a 7 1/2# butt! Pulled the thermometer out of the egg and boiled some water.......dang thing was reading 50+ degrees low :mad:

Threw the butt in the dutch oven and proceeded with the recipe. Turned out really tasty. Had a strong citrus taste to it and made some killer tacos! Didn't get any pics of the tacos but trust me they were farkin great :cool:

What's left of the limes and oranges....

Threw on a 5# chuckie with Ployboy's Bovine Bold (good chit mang!) and some ABT's for dinner....

Rightstuff 10-07-2008 05:53 PM

Maaaaannnnn. That looks good enough to eat. I'll definitely be trying that cause I love carnitas.

milehigh 10-07-2008 05:58 PM

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds Great! Nothin like fast trackin a butt:rolleyes:


Rookie'48 10-07-2008 06:02 PM

Even after this weekend that looks good :rolleyes:. Great job, Pat.

pat 10-07-2008 06:05 PM

Thanks guys!

Dave--did you get the cooler in the Royal??

jack040806 10-07-2008 06:06 PM

wow... all I can say is wow.

JediDog 10-07-2008 06:07 PM

Great looking pulled pork carnitas there Pat. Did you make a killer pico de gallo to put on those tacos? Yum!

BBQ Grail 10-07-2008 06:08 PM



pat 10-07-2008 06:12 PM


Originally Posted by JediDog (Post 753307)
Great looking pulled pork carnitas there Pat. Did you make a killer pico de gallo to put on those tacos? Yum!

Yo Robbie. Was gonna make the pico and then a buddy of mine brought over some habenaro salsa :twisted: Talk about hot chit :shock:

Forney 10-07-2008 06:18 PM

Looks great!

Rookie'48 10-07-2008 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by pat (Post 753305)
Dave--did you get the cooler in the Royal??

Yep, just walked right in with it on the two-wheeler :biggrin:. No one said anything!

pat 10-07-2008 08:54 PM

Perfect! Glad it worked. A man has to have his cooler of beer!!

jestridge 10-07-2008 10:06 PM

Now that is some great looking chow

Monty 10-07-2008 11:05 PM

oh yeah.. very nice! I would hit a few or 10 of them taco's! Nice Pron too, thanks for sharing.

garyk1398 10-08-2008 12:40 AM

Nice job Pat. thanks for making me hungry!

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