My Carnitas

"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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Ready In:
3hrs 15mins




  • 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.

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  1. parker82
    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.
  2. Tinkerbell
    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.
  3. Chef susan from San
    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
  4. JJ 13
    This is the best carnitas I've ever made (I've been on a quest for years to find the best carnitas recipe). I probably will never have to try another recipe. I made it exactly like it was written. So easy to do. Just perfect.
  5. cbw8915
    Very tasty! I made a few changes to the recipe. I had already cooked my pork and shredded it for sandwiches, so I skipped straight to step 6, but added the oregano and cumin along with the seasoning salt and garlic powder. It was very quick and good! Thanks for posting!


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