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    My Carnitas

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    3 hrs 15 mins

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    Debilyn_Ks's Note:

    This is one of my Husbands favorite dishes. The ingredients are approximates as I usually do not measure and I usually use a 4-6 lb. roast bone-in or bone-less. It does freeze well, just sprinkle with some water and wrap in foil to reheat.

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    1. 1
      Place meat in 3 qrt sauce pan, add water until meat is just covered.
    2. 2
      Smack garlic with a knife to release flavor add to pot along with onion, salt, oregano and cumin.
    3. 3
      Bring to boil, skim skum, reduce heat, cover simmer 2 hours.
    4. 4
      Preheat oven to 350.
    5. 5
      Drain meat, place in baking dish, sprinkle evenly with season salt and garlic powder.
    6. 6
      You have a few options here.
    7. 7
      You can either bake it whole, break into chunks (Dh prefers this) or shred thickly (I prefer) I usually do some chunks and shreds.
    8. 8
      Bake 30-45 minute You do not want it to get to crispy if you shredded it first. Watch carefully as you do not want it to dry out.
    9. 9
      While still warm shred with 2 forks if left whole.
    10. 10
      Serve with warm tortillas and pico de gallo.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 09, 2009


      Definitely 5 stars for taste and for ease of prep. I was so excited to find a delicious recipe like this one. DH could not stop talking about it and has already claimed the leftovers for himself. Will definitely make way more next time for leftovers. Also, I think next time when the pork goes in the oven to add some slices of onion to it for even more flavor.

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    • on September 12, 2009


      This was amazing! I had picked out several recipes for carnitas to use up a 7 lb pork butt. I could not be happier that I tried this one first! Very easy; smelled delicious on the stove & was a snap to shred. We served it with lettuce, cheese, sour cream & salsa in flour tortillas. This will be a repeated recipe in my house. :) Thanks for sharing, Debilyn! Made for Fall 2009 Pick A Chef.

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    • on November 23, 2009


      This is a fantasic recipes for carnitas!! I have never understood milk and orange juice. I trim most of the fat before cooking so when I shed in the oven I add a little oil and salt to get crispy, Great meal

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    Nutritional Facts for My Carnitas

    Serving Size: 1 (162 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 511.2
    Calories from Fat 320
    Total Fat 35.6 g
    Saturated Fat 12.3 g
    Cholesterol 149.6 mg
    Sodium 720.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 42.7 g

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