Friday, May 6, 2011

Mexican Pulled Pork - Carnitas

I love America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country on PBS. It usually airs on the week-ends and I always check to see if they're running an episode that I might have missed over the years. I have only cooked one of their recipes that we did not find favorable. However these Carnitas were a complete hit. We absolutely loved everything about them. They came out perfect and were quite easy to cook. No dragging out the deep fryer either.


Then crisped in the oven

Mexican Pulled Pork - Carnitas
Courtesy Ameica's Test Kitchen



1 (3 1/2-to 4-pound) boneless pork butt , fat cap trimmed to 1/8 inch thick, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 small onion , peeled and halved
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons juice from 1 lime
2 cups water
1 medium orange , halved

Tortillas and Garnishes
18 (6-inch) corn tortillas , warmed
Lime wedges
Minced white or red onion
Fresh cilantro leaves
Thinly sliced radishes
Sour cream
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. Combine pork, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cumin, onion, bay leaves, oregano, lime juice, and water in large Dutch oven (liquid should just barely cover meat). Juice orange into medium bowl and remove any seeds (you should have about 1/3 cup juice). Add juice and spent orange halves to pot. Bring mixture to simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover pot and transfer to oven; cook until meat is soft and falls apart when prodded with fork, about 2 hours, flipping pieces of meat once during cooking.

Remove pot from oven and turn oven to broil. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to bowl; remove orange halves, onion, and bay leaves from cooking liquid and discard (do not skim fat from liquid). Place pot over high heat (use caution, as handles will be very hot) and simmer liquid, stirring frequently, until thick and syrupy (heatsafe spatula should leave wide trail when dragged through glaze), 8 to 12 minutes. You should have about 1 cup reduced liquid.

Using 2 forks, pull each piece of pork in half. Fold in reduced liquid; season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread pork in even layer on wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet or on broiler pan (meat should cover almost entire surface of rack or broiler pan). Place baking sheet on lower-middle rack and broil until top of meat is well browned (but not charred) and edges are slightly crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, flip pieces of meat and continue to broil until top is well browned and edges are slightly crisp, 5 to 8 minutes longer. Serve immediately with warm tortillas and garnishes.
Serves 6

Beautiful garnishes of monterey jack cheese, sour cream, crisp red onions, cilantro, diced avocado, and lime wedges.

I want to apologize to those of you that have dropped in to visit and found I have been idle for a month now. I have been in excruciating pain for 2 of the last 4 weeks with a pulled back muscle. Which kept me on and off of a heating pad and off of the computer desk. The pain is finally starting to go away, though I am being very careful not to re-injure it. So I will be back on here with a little more regularity.

                  Happy Mother's Day to All of you Wonderful Mom's out there.

Mexican Pulled Pork-Carnitas

Crispy yet tender, full of flavor pulled pork served up in warmed tortillas with your choice of toppings.

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Carla and Michael


  1. Sounds great! I love the orange in the recipe:@)

  2. I watch those shows every now and then, I'll have to start paying attention b/c it sounds like a great recipe! Hope you feel 100% soon, sorry to hear about your back. Thanks for linking this with Fat Camp Friday this week! See you next week!

  3. Sounds wonderful, I love any and all Mexican food.

  4. I adore carnitas! These look soo yummy =]

  5. You have a very beautiful blog and I am interested with your dish..cornitas..havent tried this one.Thanks for sharing.I am your newest follower.Hope you can drop by at my blog and follow me too.Thanks.


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