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

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!!!

The pork gets slow cooked 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.

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 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 115 kcal

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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 Mexican beer or low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 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 beer, 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 beer, 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. ???

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  1. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try! Was thinking of making for Father’s Day. Will it be as good if made day ahead? Would I need to add anything when re-heating? Love your recipes!

    1. Hey Kerri,
      That would be totally fine to do! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    My son and I love the pork carnitas from Chipotle, so I wanted to make it for dinner. I trust Tieghan’s recipes and was once again not disappointed! I did the slow cooker method, but didn’t start it quick enough for six hours. After only five hours, the pork was tender and falling apart. It had great flavor! My (19 year old) son told me to make it again next week. lol The whole family loved it served with cilantro lime rice, guacamole, cheese, salsa, pinto beans, and tortillas.

    1. Hey Leslie,
      Love to hear this! Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  3. Coca-cola doesn’t appear in the ingredient list. Yet you mention it in the text of the recipe?

    1. Hey Shelly,
      Sorry for the confused, you can ignore the coca-cola! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

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