A healthier version of carnitas, a Mexican style braised pulled pork that is broiled until crispy on the outside but is still moist and tender on the inside and it’s just packed with flavour!
– Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes Servings: 8.
– 1 4 pound pork shoulder or butt, fat trimmed and cut.
– into 2 inch pieces.
– 1 teaspoon salt.
– 1 tablespoon oil.
– 2 cups water (or beer).
– 3/4 cup orange juice (~2 oranges).
– 1/4 cup lime juice (~2 limes).
– 4 cloves garlic, chopped.
– 1 tablespoon chili powder.
– 1 teaspoon cumin.
– 1 teaspoon oregano.
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Step 2: Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat, add the pork, sear on all sides and set aside. (optional) Add 1 cup water and scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. (optional) Add everything to the pan, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the pork is falling apart tender, about 2-3 hours. OR Add everything to the pan, bring to a boil, transfer to a preheated 300F oven and bake, covered, until the pork is falling apart tender, about 2 hours. OR Place everything in a slow cooker and cook until the pork is falling apart tender, about 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
Step 3: Remove the pork from the liquid and set aside to cool before shredding and removing any fat.
Step 4: Meanwhile, skim any fat from the liquid and simmer to reduce to 1 cup.
Step 5: Mix the liquid into the pork, spread it out in a single layer on baking sheet, broil until crispy on top, about 4-6 minutes, flip and broil until crispy, about 4-6 minutes.
Step 6: Enjoy on by itself or in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc.
Note : Nutrition Facts: Calories 436, Fat 32g (Saturated 10g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 120mg, Sodium 421mg, Carbs 4g (Fiber 0.5g, Sugars 2g), Protein 29g