Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

From Bon Appetit 2003. This is one that I didn't even put my own spin on. The orange juice, chipotle and rum are great flavor enhancers.


  1. Cut pork ribs into thirds. Remove any large portions of fat.
  2. Combine pork plus the next five ingredients to a heavy skillet. I used a deep cast iron skillet that works great for the end product. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer then cover for 1 ¾ hours. Remove cover and reduce liquid by half.
  3. Add the dark rum and continue reducing until all of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally. After the liquid is gone then the pork will start to stick. This is the good part. Continue to stir for another 10 to 15 minutes. The meat will fall apart and brown.
  4. And that’s it. Carnitas. Very good and flavorful.
Most Helpful

Wow! These are spicy! I used one can of chipotle peppers in adobo, and I was breathing fire! We ate the pork over cilantro lime rice and black beans, topped with cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream. Yum!

Lucky Clover April 16, 2011

That is some good pork! I made it in my dutch oven and added cumin like one person suggested. I used Wild Turkey bourbon since I didn't have any rum on hand. Stuck with the 2 chilis and 2 TBLS adobe sauce and the spice level was a bit hot but not over the top-just right! It was so freaking good! We didn't plan dinner very well and didn't have lettuce, cabbage, cheese, tomatoes, avacado, or onion. We only had corn tortillas, lime, and plain yogurt so we made little soft tacos with just that and it was all we needed cause this stuff is good!

The Cooking Gnome November 22, 2010

I marinated and smoked pork loin from a warehouse club. It was too much for us to eat, so I used the leftover cooked pork and cooked for less time. I simmered the smoked pork for about an hour and then added spiced rum. My husband loves carnitas and this was my first time trying to cook it. He loved it. It was a really spicy and great recipe. I'm adding this to my "make again" folder.

Becky M. July 28, 2015