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    2 hrs 45 mins

    15 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins

    Chef Jeff S's Note:

    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.

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    1. 1
      Cut pork ribs into thirds. Remove any large portions of fat.
    2. 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. 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. 4
      And that’s it. Carnitas. Very good and flavorful.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 22, 2010


      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!

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    • on September 12, 2013


      Very yummy as is! Pork turned out tender, and made enough for several days worth of meals (for two people). Left the seeds in the chipotle peppers and, although my fiancee found the meat a bit spicy immediately after cooking, she found the spice level mellowed nicely after a couple days in the fridge. Will definitely make this recipe again.

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    • on April 16, 2011


      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!

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    Nutritional Facts for Carnitas

    Serving Size: 1 (304 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 282.3
    Calories from Fat 87
    Total Fat 9.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.4 g
    Cholesterol 125.8 mg
    Sodium 766.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 4.5 g
    Protein 35.9 g

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