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Carnitas

  • Prep Time Prep: 10 Mins
  • Cook Time Cook: 210 Mins
  • Serves Serves: 2-4
Chef Trent Blodgett

Chef Trent Blodgett

Chef Notes

Ingredients

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Carnitas

Chef notes

Carnitas are one of my favorite things to eat. There are many carnitas recipes that are basically braised in a liquid. This is a more traditional recipe where the meat is slow cooked or confit in lard. Very indulgent but incredibly delicious. Perfect for tacos that are paired with a bright salsa verde, pickled onions and lime. If you have the time I recommend seasoning the pork with salt the day before for the juiciest and crispiest carnitas ever! I used a combination of pork shoulder and belly but pork shoulder alone works great. First we slow cook the meat until tender and then we remove the pork and strain some of the fat so we can fry it until crispy.

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Ingredients

  • Prep time Prep time: 10 Mins
  • Cook time Cook time: 210 Mins
  • Total time Total time: 220 Mins
  • Serves Serves: 2-4
  • 2 lb pork shoulder and belly, cubed
  • 4 oranges, sliced
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • .5 bunch of thyme
  • 8 grams of salt
  • 3 cups of pork lard
  • 2 Tbsp of Masa Mole
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Steps

Step 1 -

Season pork with salt and Masa Mole, preferably the day before

Step 2 -

Preheat oven to 325F

Step 3 -

Add all of the ingredients to a pot and make sure the pork is submerged in the lard

Step 4 -

Baka for 3 hours or until tender

Step 5 -

Remove the pork from the pot and strain about a 1/2 cup of the lard

Step 6 -

Heat the lard in a frying pan, when hot add the pork in batches

Step 7 -

Fry until crispy on both sides and remove to a tray with a rack

Step 8 -

Season with salt while the pork is still hot

Step 9 -

Serve with tortillas, lime, pickled onion and salsa

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Things to remember

  • While seasoning the pork the day before isn’t necessary for delicious carnitas it does make a difference resulting in very moist and succulent pork
  • When straining the lard before frying, I recommend using a fine mesh strainer so little particle do not go into the frying pan and burn.
  • Keep the lard for the next time you make carnitas or you can use it as an infused cooking oil to roast potatoes, spread on toast or many other ideas.
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