I need a good receipe for pork carnitas going to try it this weekend for taco. Need some suggestions
Simple, Slo smoke a Butt and shred it- carnitas means little bits or shreds-
once you use this for your mexican foods you'll never go back to boiling the meat(unless you're Jonsing and are cabin bound):!:
For somereason I thought they were deep fried.
I found a simple recipe - pork shoulder cut into 2" cubes, chili powder deep fry in 300 oil until crispy outside (i think it was only 5 minutes). take out and shred.
Carnitas is nothing like above.
You need a big kettle, and oil (penaut oil, or better rendered lard) you put it outside on a burner, bring the temperature up to 300 degrees.
The meat is traditionally big chunks (later you will cut in to small pieces hence the diminutive name carnitas) and you fry them for about 3 hrs. (nobody talks about internal temps) and they will be ready when they start falling of the bone.
In Mexico they use the entire pig.
But in USA is more accomodating to use the shoulder.
Half way thru the cook you can add a little milk and sliced oranges.
Hope this helps
I take a smoked pork butt, shred and put in corn tortillas with Pico de Gallo. Sliced avocado is always a good addition. My thoughts were the fried version spoken of above is more like an empanada. A good appetizer
There are no quantities listed here – things are not that complicated in carnita land…
I can handle that!!!
Double fried... soudns healthy!
That sounds authentic to me from watching it being cooked at local restuarants, it is delicious too.
This one works VERY well for me.. simple and straightforward... you can finish the chunks on the kettle if ya want.. Oh ya.. some of the "home boys" love them too
1 can coke
1 can carbonated orange drink
1 large onion peeled and thinly sliced
5 lb pork shoulder roast cut in to roughly 2" cubes
pinch of whole oregano
1 jalapeno pepper
lay onions, garlic and Jalapeno in bottom of crockpot
layer prok chunks, putting in a good generous sprinkling of salt at each layer
Once crock is filled, pour coke over the whole thing and cook overnight on low, the next morning pour Orange soda in and let it go a few more hours.
take the chunks out and set them on a baking dish with a paper towel on the bottom, bake @ 225 or so for about an hour, until they get a little "crusty"
Everyone loves these things and they arent cooked in Manteka. I let teh liquid in the crock cool off and skimmed the fat off. I am throwing in a ham hock and some pinto beans and what ever else I feel like throwing int. I think it will turn out well.
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