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Number one is obviously these carnitas. These extra special, super delicious slow roasted pork carnitas.

And two? Well two is about what’s been on my mind recently. Let’s start with two, and then we’ll move on to the carnitas. Promise, I will try not to write a novel…

So lately I’ve been I wanting to do more with the blog. I need a little more of a challenge, something new, something different, and I feel like the blog needs a little update. I’d like you to let me know what you’d like to see more of on HBH. Is it super easy recipes? More quick how-to videos? Longer videos… where I talk and talk and talk? Do you like hearing all about my life and what’s happening behind the scenes? Or would you prefer for me to simply stick to content? How about some lifestyle posts? Would you be into fashion inspired posts? If so, what areas? I really want to know what you’d love to see me share? I want to go there, to add something new and fun and fresh and different! So please… give me your thoughts, ideas, comments… I want to hear them all!

PS. the fashion thing?? Anyone? You know my whole life I thought I was going to work in the fashion industry, but then my move to LA happened and I kind of freaked, and then this blog happened. Now I only buy dishes and surfaces, and only wear Lululemon tights and sweatshirts smeared with chocolate all day long…I wouldn’t mind bringing a little fashion back into my world. Would you guys be into it? My favorite trends? My wish list? Maybe some go-to working girl outfits? Maybe only as a monthly thing, or maybe more? Thoughts?!?!

PSS. What about entertaining posts!?! I’m really into these. Like dinner parties, summer get-togethers, cocktails… Would you be interested in seeing more of these types of posts?

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OKok, and now let’s chat carnitas!!!

Soo, here’s the deal. Carnitas can be made so many different ways, but the truth is they are very simple. Last year, I heard from my neighbor that one of the traditional ways to make carnitas was with Coca-Cola. At first I was like no, but then I had to try it, then I was like… yes. I’m not a soft drink person in any way shape or form, but I have to say, a can of Coke makes for some KILLER carnitas. The sugars in the Coke caramelize around the meat while keeping the inside moist. Totally delicious!

The pork gets slow cooked in the cola for two to three hours and when it’s finished, it literally just falls apart. The shredded meat makes for the most epic round of tacos, complete with all the toppings. The meat just melts in your mouth and the flavor is insane.

Like nothing better.

If you don’t drink Coca-Cola, and would prefer not want to buy any, you can also sub beer or just chicken broth. But I have to say, you should really give that can of Coke a try. Promise you will turn out the most tender and delicious carnitas. Everyone will think you are incredible…cause who doesn’t love an amazing  carnita taco?!?!

Also, while this meat is great for tacos, it’s also great for burrito bowls, nachos, pizza, quesadillas, sandwiches, ext…the options here are endless. With this carnita recipe, you really can do no wrong! 🙂

The one must? A side of guacamole and chips.

My Favorite Slow Roasted Pork Carnitas | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

My Favorite Slow Roasted Pork Carnitas.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 3 hours
  • Total time: 3 hour 10 minutes

Yields: SERVES 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 3 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola (beer or low sodium chicken broth can also be used)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • juice from 2 limes
  • cilantro, for serving

Instructions

!Classic Slow Roasted On the Stove

Toss the cubed pork with the garlic powder and chipotle chili powder. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Sear the pork on all sides. If needed, sear the pork in batches if your dutch oven is not large enough. Reduce the heat low and pour in the coke, orange juice and 1/2 cup water (there should be just enough liquid to cover the sides of the meat). Add the bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours on LOW. After 1 1/2 hours the pork should be falling apart. Remove the lid and continue cooking another 30 minutes. The Coca-Cola will caramelize and the liquid will evaporate almost completely.

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and shred. Drizzle the carnitas with lime juice. Serve with warm tortillas, avocado and cheese. EAT!

!Crockpot

Toss the cubed pork with the garlic powder and chipotle chili powder. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Sear the pork on all sides. If needed, sear the pork in batches if your dutch oven is not large enough. Transfer the pork to the bowl of your crockpot. Add the coke, orange juice, 1/2 cup water and the bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. During the last hour, remove the lid and allow the liquid to evaporate almost completely.

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and shred. Serve with warm tortillas, avocado and cheese. EAT!

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I mean, obviously. ???

My Favorite Slow Roasted Pork Carnitas | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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