Easy Pork Carnitas
Tender, juicy, and crispy, this is my Pork Carnitas recipe! Marinated, cooked then crisped, enjoy with a tortilla or freeze for later!
Servings 8 large servings
- 3 pounds pork shoulder boneless
- salt to taste
- 3 navel oranges juiced (you want at least 1/2 a cup, but more is fine)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cups chicken broth
Marinating the Pork
Cut pork shoulder into large 2-3 inch chunks. Sprinkle with salt, to taste. Set aside. Wash oranges.
Stir orange juice together with cumin, onion powder, cinnamon and garlic. Pour marinade over pork and stir to coat evenly. Seal meat and marinade in an airtight container with tight-fitting lid and refrigerate 2-6 hours. Save orange rinds for cooking.
In a large dutch oven or oven-safe pot, heat canola oil over medium high heat. Sear meat on all sides until browned. Remove meat and pour in broth to deglaze pan. Add in bay leaves, seared meat, orange rinds and marinating liquid. Cover, bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cook on the stove for 1 1/2-2 hours or until meat is very tender and falling apart. Alternately, you can braise in the oven covered with a lid for 2-3 hours at 275 degrees.
Once meat is fully cooked, remove from cooking liquid and shred, discarding any large pieces of fat or gristle. Serve as is or crisp up with the broiler or using a pan.
Pressure Cooker Directions
Marinate the meat as recipe states above. Brown the marinated meat in batches in canola oil using the BROWN/SAUTE function. Remove meat and pour in broth to deglaze pan. Add in bay leaves, seared meat, orange rinds and marinating liquid. Add lid and twist to lock. Close pressure valve. Change to MEAT/STEW function and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. After time is up, quick-release pressure. Shred meat and crisp if desired. Serve.
Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg