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!
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!
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!
This was very good and real easy to make.
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.
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!
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!!!!
Fabulous. EAsier to just throw it all together as one marinade and cook as instructed. Comes out great!
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.
Taste ok, but this is not carnitas.