Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs
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.
- 2 lbs pork butt
- 1⁄2 medium onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon Mexican oregano, crushed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
- seasoning salt
- garlic powder
- Place meat in 3 qrt sauce pan, add water until meat is just covered.
- Smack garlic with a knife to release flavor add to pot along with onion, salt, oregano and cumin.
- Bring to boil, skim skum, reduce heat, cover simmer 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Drain meat, place in baking dish, sprinkle evenly with season salt and garlic powder.
- You have a few options here.
- You can either bake it whole, break into chunks (Dh prefers this) or shred thickly (I prefer) I usually do some chunks and shreds.
- 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.
- While still warm shred with 2 forks if left whole.
- Serve with warm tortillas and pico de gallo.
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.
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. http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=310505&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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