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My Favorite Slow Roasted Pork Carnitas.

These  are extra special, super delicious slow roasted pork carnitas.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carnitas, pork, pork carnitas, slow roast
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 115kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest

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!

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 423mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 13.5mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.7mg