By Sheri-BDB on February 16, 2005
Photo by Chef Itchy Monkey
Photo by Chef Itchy Monkey
"This is an adopted recipe from Mean Chef. This looks really great to me and can't wait to try it, as I really enjoy Carnitas. Mean Chef word's are: The special ingredient is Pepsi and this is fabulous. you can use carnitas in tortillas, serve like BBQ pork or great at a picinic on rolls. Recipe from Rio Bravo"
Serving Size: 1 (362 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"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."
"This wasn't terrible but it was not what I expected. It was very spicy. I was hoping for a more authentic carnitas flavor."
"It was ok. A bit too spicy. Once I saw the ingredients I knew you would not get authentic carnitas and I was right."
"this recipe is good, definitely NOT carnitas though!!! it's more like shredded porkin a spicy Mole sauce. the seasoning is very, very strong - it ovewhelmed the flavors of the meat (not too spicy strong - i love it hot & spicy!)"
"I thought ths was excellent! I used all of the dry ingredients, I dredged all sides of the meat pieces in it. I also used half the liquid marinade the night before, and then the other half the next day to simmer it in. I also ended up using a whole liter of cola, I used Shasta (cheaper). I also used about a 6 lb. pork shoulder. I also chose to shred the meat after it was done. Topped it with Queso Fresco crumbled cheese, fresh cilantro, chopped onion and green salsa verde. Simply delicious!"
"This is really delicious. I added a couple tablespoons of brown sugar to the simmering meat and I might cut down the soy sauce just a little next time."
"This is really is The Best Ever Carnitas, it was very easy to make and once you do it will soon become one of your favorites - real authentic taste!"
"Odd. A distinct disappointment"
"This recipe is great! I was skeptical at first...pepsi?...but it worked out well and I like that the ingredients were easy to find because not everyone has a Mexican market around the corner! I cooked it for about 4 hours and then shredded it instead of cutting it, but it just fell apart...SUPER YUM!"
"I didn't have time to marinate over night, and the only "butt" roast at the store was too large. I purchased 3 pounds of pork stew meat instead. At least it was already cut up for me :) I dumped the whole cup of Fuego Spice Mix in a gallon baggie with all of the pork and then put in the orange/garlic/cumin/pepper/Pepsi and 1 cup of the Agua Negra and let it sit for about 15 minutes. I pulled the pork pieces out to fry and pulled the orange rinds out to await the next step. After frying, I put the pork into the crock pot and added the following: poured the liquid it was still in the baggie and the remaining Agua Negra that had been sitting aside and tossed in the orange rind. I topped it off with Pepsi to make sure the pork was covered and let cook for the next 4 hours on High. I pulled the pork out to cool and rest, then pulled it apart with a fork. To serve: two warmed white corn tortillas, mound of pork, minced onion, chopped cilantro, squeeze of lime, drizzle of sauce (that was still in the crock pot) and YUM!!!"