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Anyone have any ideas (recipes, etc.) for carnitas?

EvansEggerEvansEgger Posts: 54
edited April 2013 in EggHead Forum
The wife and I love carnitas and yesterday our local store had a special on pork butts for 99 cent per pound. Of course I loaded up, but want to do something different than pulled pork. So why not carnitas. I love to eat it at my favorite Mexican restaurant so it makes sense to make it at home. One recipe I found is by Diana Kennedy at http://food52.com/recipes/13098-diana-kennedy-s-carnitas which is very popular. Maybe add some orange juice to the water for sweetness. Any ideas?
Go Hogs Go
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  • I'm doing Barbacoa (the beef version) as we speak. The rub and braise would be perfect for carnitas too. This is one flavorful dish.


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  • BudgeezerBudgeezer Posts: 509
    edited April 2013

    @ The Cen-Tex Smoker  what did you use for the braising liquid?  Was it just the drippings from the chuck roast?

    Edina, MN

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  • Budgeezer said:

    @ The Cen-Tex Smoker  what did you use for the braising liquid?  Was it just the drippings from the chuck roast?

    no. It's in the recipe I posted on the link. It's a little ingredient heavy but it was awesome. 

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  • BudgeezerBudgeezer Posts: 509
    edited April 2013
    Budgeezer said:

    @ The Cen-Tex Smoker  what did you use for the braising liquid?  Was it just the drippings from the chuck roast?

    no. It's in the recipe I posted on the link. It's a little ingredient heavy but it was awesome. 

    Thanks, I neglected to scroll down far enough.
    Edina, MN

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  • texaswigtexaswig Posts: 773
     I dont have a egg yet so I cube it up throw it in the pressure cooker for 45 minutes.then pull it,mix with taco spices.then put it on a sheetpan under the broiler to crisp them up a little.everyone loves them.image
    Scott
    Greenville ,Tx

    Xl bge with woo2 and ajustable rack
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  • Dave_MatthewsDave_Matthews Posts: 199
    edited April 2013
    Check out the thread 'Carnitas! here in the forum.
    http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1149244/carnitas#latest

    Dave
    no, not -that- one!
    KI4PSR
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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,782

    TPork, Butt, Carnitas, Beli

    For aficionados of pork, carnitas(Little Pieces of Browned Pork) are an all-time favorite in Mexico. For some reason the carnitas in the state of Michioacan have always been considered the best...couldn't be any easier!!!! Here is the recipe!!!!!

    INGREDIENTS:
    3 lbs Pork Shoulder, Skin & Bone Removed
    2 tsp Salt, or to taste

    PROCEDURE:

    1. Cut the meat, with the fat, into strips about 2 by 3/4 inches. Barely cover the meat with water in a heavy wide pan. Add the salt and bring to a boil, uncovered. Lower the heat and let the meat continue cooking briskly untill all the liquid has evaporated- by this time it should be cooked through but not falling apart.

    2. Lower the heat a little and continue cooking the meat until all the fat has rendered out of it. Keep turning the meat until is lightly browned all over- total cooking time is about 1 hour 10 minutes.

    3. Serve immediately for best flavor & texture.

    4. Carnitas can be eaten as a main course or as a hearty botana accompanied by guacamole or preferably a fresh green sauce or Salsa Mexicana Cruda

    Recipe Type: Main Dish, Meat

    Source
    Source: BGE Forum, Beli, 2009/01/06

    his should help!

     

     

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  • Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
    Go Hogs Go
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  • I'm using Richard Fl's recipe. I have to put together a good carnitas for a friend's party and that looks like it will work very well.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,757
    My wife has a killer recipe for carnitas that she got from her friend's grandmother (who is from Mexico and won't/can't speak English). I'll try and get it from her tonight. If not, and you need another idea, I'm typing up a post for Hatch Chili Pork Stew that will be up tomorrow. Not carnitas, but something different than pulled pork.

    Richardson, Texas

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