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This was very good...and I had so much meat left I cleaned it the following day (wearing Nitrile gloves makes this much quicker, easier and efficient...and less yucky!). I took some of the congealed broth, and a pan and heated it up in the skillet until the meat was brown and crispy. It just went from very good to frickin' awesome! I highly recommend this as a make ahead and heat it up in a skillet...wow!

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Tinks599 February 14, 2011

I was a little skeptical on this recipe, as the ingredients didn't sound right--pineapple juice and soy sauce for carnitas? However, I tried it because I love Mean Chef's recipes. I'm so glad I did! One thing to note when you make this is that the marinade and fuego spice mix actually make WAY more than you need for the 3 lbs of pork. Next time I make this, I plan to use 8-9 lbs of meat & triple the other ingredients in the FIRST section of the recipe so I don't waste anything (and have lots of yummy leftovers to freeze). I also don't plan to coat the meat pieces with seasoning before I marinate. I plan to add most of the spices (reserving some) to the Aqua Negra marinade. Coating them seemed like a waste of time since immediately you throw them in liquid. I will use some of the reserved spices to throw in the oil when I fry the pork before cooking. I HIGHLY recommend this recipe. The layering of flavors is fabulous!

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Chef SuzyQ May 04, 2010

Excellent recipe. I didn't have pineapple so I substitutued with orange juice. After marinating overnight, I mixed the seasonings in a bag and coated the meat, then fried. I added the fried meat to the crock pot, added the remaining marinade to the pan and scraped up the brown bits. Let this simmer and reduce for about 5 minutes then added it to the crock pot along with enough Pepsi to cover the meat. Cook on low for 8 hours then shredded and served in tortillas with cabbage, cheese, cilantro, and avocado...excellent flavor!

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Kmjw July 14, 2013

This was very good and real easy to make.

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SouthernFriedMama September 23, 2010

Can anyone give me advice? Thank you for this DELISH recipe, but I think I may have messed up on something. When I brown the pork in the fat, I then added the marinade to the same pot. Whilst it tasted fantastic, it seemed really oily. Am I supposed to brown in another pot, and then add to a new pot with the marinade? Regardless, it was still delicious. Thank you.

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MGRoosevelt May 10, 2010

This recipe was PERFECT! It was my first time making Carnitas and it was a hit at my house. The seasoning is perfect! I made some black beans and pico de gallo and served them alongside. Really amazing dish. I will say that it seems you can press the seasoning on before browning. I deglazed the pan with a little more pepsi and red wine to get that flavor out of the pan. Good job!

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Mindyflyz May 06, 2010

YUM YUM !!! Thank you for this great recipe! So tasty and so easy! I must admit I speeded it up. Marinated for 30 min, then pressed seasoning onto meat browned and simmered until fork tender. It was GREAT!!!!

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kathy m. March 24, 2010

Fabulous. EAsier to just throw it all together as one marinade and cook as instructed. Comes out great!

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kcroft June 26, 2009

I made this over the weekend and it was fabulous. I did minus a little bit of the Paprika :) Try this and you too can be a hit at the party.

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irene_barcelo February 23, 2009

Taste ok, but this is not carnitas.

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vita752001 January 26, 2009
The Best Ever Carnitas