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Pork Carnitas Recipe

  • 3 lbs fatty pork shoulder or butt, skin and bone removed
  • cold water
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Pork Carnitas Recipe


  1. Cut the meat into strips 2” x ¾” (make sure you don’t remove/discard the fat). Place the meat into a large pot and barely cover with cold water. Add the salt and bring the water to a boil, uncovered.
  2. Lower the heat to bring the water down to a simmer. Let the meat continue to cook until all of the water has evaporated, about 1½ hours, depending on the size/shape of your pan.* The meat should be cooked through at this point, but not falling apart.
  3. Lower the flame a little bit more and continue to cook until all of the fat has rendered from the pork, turning the meat occasionally until all sides are browned, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  4. Serve the pork in tacos, enchiladas, burritos, or however you’d like!

Pork Carnitas Recipe Pork Carnitas Recipe Reviewed by kuji hara on Thursday, February 02, 2017 Rating: 5

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