This the easiest recipe for tasty carnitas. Once cooked, the meat can also be shredded and mixed with BBQ sauce for incredible pulled pork sandwiches, or pan fried in a little oil until crisp on the outside.

Ken from CA
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the pork shoulder, oranges, onion, garlic, kosher salt, cumin, black peppercorns, and bay leaves into a large Dutch oven. Add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Skim off any foam that rises to the top. Cover loosely, and simmer until the meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Allow the pork to cool, covered, in the broth for 1 hour. Shred the meat with two forks.

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Nutrition Facts

188 calories; 9.6 g total fat; 63 mg cholesterol; 2332 mg sodium. 6.6 g carbohydrates; 18.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2009
I need to clarify a few things. First carnitas are heavily seasoned but not flavored. Seasoning is basically salt but flavors mainly come from condiments. I changed out the lard for water lowering the fat content and added orange based on flavors I found in restaarants in Mexico. American tastes have added a tremendous amount of flavor enhancers(spices chilies etc. to the dish). You can make this into whatever you want. I prefer it crisped up in a little oil after it's shredded into chunks( and a little extra kosher salt sprinkled over it. If you want more spice add this at this time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/18/2010
Too salty Read More
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266 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 193
  • 4 star values: 56
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2009
I need to clarify a few things. First carnitas are heavily seasoned but not flavored. Seasoning is basically salt but flavors mainly come from condiments. I changed out the lard for water lowering the fat content and added orange based on flavors I found in restaarants in Mexico. American tastes have added a tremendous amount of flavor enhancers(spices chilies etc. to the dish). You can make this into whatever you want. I prefer it crisped up in a little oil after it's shredded into chunks( and a little extra kosher salt sprinkled over it. If you want more spice add this at this time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2009
I need to clarify a few things. First carnitas are heavily seasoned but not flavored. Seasoning is basically salt but flavors mainly come from condiments. I changed out the lard for water lowering the fat content and added orange based on flavors I found in restaarants in Mexico. American tastes have added a tremendous amount of flavor enhancers(spices chilies etc. to the dish). You can make this into whatever you want. I prefer it crisped up in a little oil after it's shredded into chunks( and a little extra kosher salt sprinkled over it. If you want more spice add this at this time. Read More
(206)
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2009
Fantastic! My roast was frozen solid so I threw it in the slow cooker whole along with everything else. Cooked it on low for 9 hours and the result was amazing. Loved the subtle orange flavor and the bay leaf added a really great earthy tone to the meat. I shredded and then served the meat in flour tortillas with lettuce tomato cilantro and a bit of plain yogurt. Will make again! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2009
Ken this is a winner a five star! I bought that huge package from Costco that contains about 15 lbs of boneless pork shoulder. That meat is a pain in the neck to cook with because of all the fat but it's the fat that makes it tasty too so I endure the misery of cutting it off. I actually cooked this according to directions in my Magnalite roaster on stovetop and it took two batches to get the job done. For the first batch I used all the salt and then the second batch I used half that amount. For my family it will probably rest in between the two amounts. Otherwise the ingredients are just perfect because one flavor doesn't outdo another and the resulting meat is very yummy. I made a double batch of Mexican Rice II from this site to go with it and I used the broth from the meat for half of the recipe. Next time I will use the broth for ALL of it because it makes a spectacular replacement for the chicken broth adding a depth of flavor to the rice that can't be duplicated. Now I am glad that I saved the broth for my freezer for future uses. What a perfect recipe! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2010
Unbelievable! I can hardly shred the meat without eating at least half of it! My only changes are to use limes instead of oranges (only because hubby doesn't like them) and I also throw it all in the crock pot like others have done. When I serve it, to give it the same "texture" as my favorite mexican restaurant, (without the added calories) I put meat on a sheet pan and throw in a very hot oven for just a few minutes. Gives it the crispy edges that I love. Wonderful recipe Ken- Thanks!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2011
Wow this was awesome! My whole family loved it and it smelled wonderful while simmering! I had went online to browse lots of different ways of making this; some people simmered in lard some peanut oil and I didn't like either of those methods so I used this recipe and was not dissapointed. I did take advice I found for adding a can of cola to the water; or you could add a can of beer. After two hours I took off the lid took out oranges and bay leaves then turned up the heat and let the liquid cook down; it took about 15 minutes and then I let the meat brown in it's own fat... Delicious! Thanks for the awesome recipe Ken!:) Tip: wait until you've skimmed fat off top before adding all the spices... they tend to float too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2011
OUTSTANDING!! Did add a 1/2 bottle Bass Pale Ale beer and Chicken Stock plus little water enough to cover pork. Also used a red onion instead of white and placed it all in a slow cooker for 3 hours. Came out sooo tender and very favorful. Served with white corn tortiillas avacado cilantro sour cream chopped roma tomatoes and homemade spanish rice. Yum!! My husband ate till it hurt now that's says alot. Thanks so much Ken! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2010
oh - my - merciful - heavens. Here's what happened. I got a deal on a bone - in shoulder. Over twelve lbs. I really do not like to fool with great big pieces of meat. Trust me it was worth it. It's probably 30 mins away from removing from the oven. My daughter and I couldn't resist (I mean the SMELL is amazing) So when I went to turn it we picked off some done parts and threw them in the skillet with onions and peppers. We ate this on homemade tortillas with cheese. (I'm stuffed) It will have taken it 6 hrs. and 15 minutes at 325. I cut the yucky stuff off. Cut the oranges onion and 1 lime in the bottom of my roasting pan ( I would have thrown the bay leaves in here but I didn't have any.) I made a rub of the kosher salt (and yes there is a huge difference. It will be too salty with table salt) cumin garlic and peppercorns. I turned it a couple of hours after sticking it in. Before it all fell apart I got the fruit and most of the onion and pepper corns out of the broth and added another cup of water. It wasn't quite totally off the bone last time I checked but it had been shredded into the flavorful broth and I'm looking forward to enjoying this for quite awhile. Thanks Ken. AWESOME recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2009
This was on my menu for new recipe night and is now going into my favorites! The only thing I did different was after I shredded the meat I placed in a skillet with a bit of oil to "crisp" up some of the meat. I then added some of the broth back to the meat to keep it moist. Served with Mexican Rice II and fresh guac. This is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2009
LOVED it!!! I used pork sirloin because that was what I had. Threw everything into the crock pot on low for 9 hours. Shredded beautifully. This is going to be a regular supper here! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/18/2010
Too salty Read More
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