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It’s Tuesday night and I’m writing this Friday post because I have no idea what the conditions will be like – whether or not I’ll have power or anything. I guess time will tell how bad this storm is really going to be! It’s so interesting how every part of the United States has had its equal share of crazy weather. California had a “cold streak” a few months ago, the Midwest got pummeled with snow recently, New England had a crazy amount a month ago, and now it’s our turn. Rats! I thought we were going to get out lucky this winter :)

Yeah, so the snow storm turned out to be nothing. We got maybe 3 inches. It was all slushy snow. The second it hit the ground it turned into water. It was basically raining snow, if that makes any sense. If you could look outside my office window right now, it’ll seem as if yesterday never happened. There’s not a speck of snow on the ground nor is the ground even wet. Oh, D.C. weathermen. This depiction right here is pretty spot on with how the DC metro area deals with snow, haha

I haven’t acknowledged the fact that it’s already MARCH. Like, one month from April and one and a half months until our WEDDING. It came out of nowhere. I remember still trying to nail our wedding date last year and now I’m getting ready to become a Mrs.. Invitations were sent Tuesday – which, sending them made me realize I don’t really trust anyone other than myself. Well, no, that’s not entirely true. I don’t trust anyone at USPS. I gave them my entire box of invitations and I felt like I was giving my life away. I can only hope they make it to the recipients. I mean, they did lose my passport earlier this year. They aren’t really high on my trust scale right now. They need to redeem themselves. Anyway, so my bridal shower is actually this Sunday and I’m really excited. My future MIL and SIL are both flying up from Louisiana and Georgia to attend. My mom will be coming with us too, along with friends, and bridesmaids. It’ll be so fun to be in the same room again with the women I love.

Another thing I love almost entirely too much is meat. I’m sorry if there are vegetarians out there reading this but I just can’t help it. I have to profess my love to meat. Making these pork carnitas was so redeeming and worth it. My entire house smelled crazy good – it actually smelled to me like a Cuban restaurant or something. You HAVE to do all the steps for this pork or they just won’t be as flavorful. I love the crispy char on the outside. It really caramelizes the sugars of the sauce. It’s also so versatile once you finish making this. We made faux burrito bowls with the pork one night – just replace the chicken in this burrito bowl recipe with the pork you just made. Oh man, homemade Chipotle all up in my house…and all up in your house too if you make this pork!

Ohhh, if I could, I would’ve made some kinda pork carnitas sub with this. You get my point, though. There is so much you can do with this pork after you cook it all. You can add it to so many things and you can spice up a lot of dishes. Pork fried rice, anyone? Or tacos?

Go on, make this, go crazy over the smell of your house, and go even crazier tasting this unbelievable pork! Oh, and I must mention that this is REALLY moist and juicy pork that melts in your mouth so you won’t hate pork because of the dryness :)

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Pork Carnitas

This Pork Carnitas recipe is so amazing and incredibly versatile! Faux burrito bowls, anyone?
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 6 -8

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 311kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium orange, juiced and keep the spent halves

Instructions

  • Adjust oven rack to middle lower position and preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large Dutch oven and bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, uncovered.
  • Once the mixture has come to a simmer, cover and place in oven and cook for 2 hours, or until the pork falls apart when prodded with a fork.
  • Remove the pot from oven when done cooking, turn the oven to broil.
  • Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. I recommend double layering.
  • With a slotted spoon, scoop out the pork and place it on the foil lined pan. Discard everything in the Dutch oven except for the liquid.
  • Place the Dutch oven on the stove over high heat and boil until liquid is thick and syrupy, about 20 minutes. I noticed that it won't look thick and syrupy until you take it off the heat. So after 20 minutes, remove from heat, and you should see that your liquid has nicely thickened up.
  • While the mixture is thickening, use two forks to shred the pork. When the mixture has finished thickening, place pork back into pot and gently toss pork in the liquid trying not to break up the pork even more.
  • Place the pork back on the lined baking pan and place in the oven under the broiler for 5-8 minutes, then flip the pork and let brown on the other side for another 5-8 minutes. Watch it carefully so you don't get burnt pork!
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

Source: Cooks Illustrated via My Kitchen Escapades
Nutrition Facts
Pork Carnitas
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 40g80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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Kara

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

I’ve made this dozens of times and love it for the lack of dairy, sugar and wheat while maintaining tons of flavour. I haven’t read any of the other comments, but I’m going to attempt it in the instant pot today to cut cook time. Have you tried this?

Julie Chiou

Monday 7th of December 2020

i haven't but it would definitely work!!

Cindy

Friday 23rd of March 2018

I’ve made this recipe at least 6 times and my family loves it. I looked forever for a carnitas recipe with the crispy pork. Love it. I sometimes add a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, it adds a little different flavor, very good as well.

Julie

Saturday 24th of March 2018

Oh I love that idea!

Lucia

Thursday 19th of October 2017

I've made this dish so many times! It's my family favorite! Just wanted to let you know that!

Ray Cruz

Friday 22nd of July 2016

yumm

Tammy

Thursday 19th of November 2015

This was sooooo good! I I served them with your homemade flour tortillas. Both were so easy to make! Thanks so much for sharing!