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    Carnitas. Photo by Feej

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    2 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    2 hrs

    SassyStew's Note:

    This is my husband's favorite dish. I adapted the recipe from a recipe by Marilyn Tausend and Ricardo Munoz Zurita that was published in Best American Recipes 2004-05. I incorporated some of the notes from the editors of that series, Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens.It is very easy, with a big payoff!

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    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine pork, 2 cups of water, zest, orange juice, garlic, and salt in a heavy dutch oven with a lid. Place in the oven and cook for at least six hours, but not more than eight.
    2. 2
      Remove the pot from the oven. Scoop out the pork with a slotted spoon and put into a shallow baking dish. Shred the meat with two forks. At this point it should be so tender you hardly have to make any effort to separate it into delicious morsels. Discard any big chunks of fat.
    3. 3
      Sprinkle the meat with the brandy or sherry and ladle a few scoops of cooking liquid back over the pork. (The reserved cooking liquid makes a wonderful base for bean soup.) Place under the broiler for a few minutes until sizzling.
    4. 4
      Serve with Cuban black beans and rice, or use as a taco filling.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 09, 2008


      Great combo, but seems to be missing the essential chipotles in adobo. I add several chopped ones - plus some oregano and sliced onions - to the mixture and crock away. Very good.

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    • on October 01, 2007


      Very good. A little citrusy for me, not THE carnitas recipe I've been searching for, but a keeper. Thanks for posting.

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    • on August 02, 2007


      Wonderful! I made a couple little changes. I used a pork roast instead of ribs and I used the crockpot. Low for about 7 hours. Very nice! I shredded the meat and added back to the juice. We used on tortillas. I wasn't sure we would like the orange juice, but it was wonderful. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

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    Nutritional Facts for Carnitas

    Serving Size: 1 (340 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 352.2
    Calories from Fat 116
    Total Fat 12.9 g
    Saturated Fat 4.5 g
    Cholesterol 167.8 mg
    Sodium 590.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 3.9 g
    Protein 47.5 g

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