Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pork Carnitas

Tender and flavorful, these pork carnitas take a little time but not a ton of effort.  They are the perfect filling for a taco along with your favorite toppings.



I don't know what to say about this other than YUM!  This is one of those meals that is best when you really get in there.  So roll up your sleeves and prepare to get dirty!   We all had salsa verde running down our arms and we were loving every minute of it.




     This delicious dinner starts with braising pork butt in a flavorful mix of spices.  After the meat is tender, defat the cooking liquid and toast up the end bits for extra flavor and texture.  Add back as much liquid as you'd like and top with all of the good stuff.


     This is the perfect filling for tacos and your family is sure to keep coming back for more!



Yield: LOTS!

Pork Carnitas

Tender and flavorful, these pork carnitas take a little time but not a ton of effort. They are the perfect filling for a taco along with your favorite toppings.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 3 hourtotal time: 3 hours and 20 mins

ingredients:


  • 2 lbs pork butt
  • 2 T vegetable oil 
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • small tortillas (we used flour tortillas)
  • toppings of your choice (we used queso fresco, pickled onions, sour cream, avocado and salsa verde)

instructions


  1. Cut pork butt into fist sized chunks.  I don't worry about trimming the meat too much at this point.  You will have plenty of time to remove the fat later.
  2. Heat up a heavy pan and vegetable oil.  Sprinkle salt on meat, then brown in batches.
  3. Once all of the meat is brown, add back into pan.
  4. Add spices.  Then fill pan with water until meat is 2/3 covered.
  5. Cover and cook in a 300 F oven for 3 hours.
  6. Let cool enough to handle.  Pull the meat out and shred.  Feel free to use your hands.  This meat is tender!  Remove any fatty pieces.
  7. Either skim the fat off the braising liquid or use a fat separator.
  8. Add meat and de-fatted liquid back to the pan.  Put in a 375 F oven until liquid is almost gone and meat is starting to brown.
  9. Serve on tortillas with toppings of your choice
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Tender and flavorful, these pork carnitas take a little time but not a ton of effort. They are the perfect filling for a taco along with your favorite toppings.

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