Beer & Citrus Pork Carnitas Recipe

  • 2 lbs pork shoulder or pork butt
  • 2 tbsp pork rub (1 tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp dried garlic, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1/2 tbsp salt, 1/4 tbsp pepper)
  • 1 1/2 bottle light beer such as Coors or Budweiser
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Beer & Citrus Pork Carnitas Recipe


  1. Cut pork into 1 1/2 inch chunks and rub generously with pork rub.
  2. Preheat olive oil in a heavy skillet or a Dutch oven, working in batches brown pork chunks a few min on each side. Set aside.
  3. To the same Dutch oven, add beer, orange juice, onion and garlic. Season with oregano, cumin and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer and return pork.
  4. Cook on medium low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Add salt if necessary.
  5. Remove pork from the pot and pull it into small pieces.
  6. Meanwhile, reduce the cooking liquid to about 1/2 cups. Return pulled pork.
  7. Let brown, undisturbed, about 3 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy

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