Smoked Pork Carnitas with photos

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokenado, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. smokenado

    smokenado Smoke Blower

    My wife wanted to have a Mexican menu for my 40th birthday party so naturally I found a way to smoke something. I looked for a recipe on how to smoke pork Carnitas and found a great one I wanted to share and highly suggest. If you haven't had Carnitas they are a Mexican of pulled pork using lard and crisping the pork prior to serving.

    Spice Rub:
    3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
    1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
    1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
    1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
    1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander
    2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
    1 Teaspoon White Pepper
    1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

    For The Mop and Sauce:
    1 12 oz bottle of dark Mexican beer like Negra Modelo
    3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    1/4 cup canola oil
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 Tablespoons of the Rub

    1. Pierce the roast all over to let the marinade work its way in. Place roast in a foil pan with the orange juice and garlic cloves to soak overnight, turning once or twice so the roast marinates evenly.
    2. Discard OJ and garlic and rinse the roast off and pat dry with paper towels.
    3. Make the rub by mixing together all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside 2 tablespoons for the mop sauce. Pat the rub all over the roast and let sit to cure for a few hours if you have the time.
    4. Make the mop sauce – mix all ingredients together and set aside about 3/4 – 1 cup for later when the meat is done to use as a finishing sauce.
    5. Set up a charcoal grill for indirect grilling, medium hot (300° max), and use mesquite/pecan chips for smoke.
    6. Smoke the roast for about 4-5 hours or as long as it takes to get to 195°, add coals every hour and a handful or two of wood chips. Liberally mop the roast with the mop sauce about every 45 minutes to an hour.
    7. Cook until it’s well done (195°) in the center – this will help it shred easier.
    8. When it’s done, let sit for about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, then tear it apart into shreds.
    9. Ladle the remaining mop sauce over the shredded pork.

    Here's the 9 pound pork butt I let marinade overnight

    Here's the butt after applying the rub

    Here's the finished product

    I would certainly make this again and was surprised how moist the meat was.
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  2. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks interesting  Thanks for posting the recipe!


  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Now that looks outstanding....I'm liking the large pics as well. Curious as to your type of grill? how long did you have to nurse that along? Nice job, regardless...glad it was a success for you.....Willie
  4. Recipe copied for future use!

    I love Carnitas...
  5. Where's the "pulled pork using lard and crisping the pork prior to serving" photos? I need more photos! :)

    I like to crisp leftover pork tenderloin and serve it in fried tortilla shells as a kind of carnitas knock off.
  6. Thanks for the recipe. Looks phenomenal!
  7. dearhawke

    dearhawke Newbie

    What temperature did you smoke the pork???
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking pork there!
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great and I like the Recipe, Thanks...JJ
  10. What did you use for marinade? Looks great and my mouth is watering. Lucky I have some in the freezer, guess whats for dinner.
  11. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Love me some carnita's... recipe looks legit... and the pork could be eaten alone :) Thanks.. Happy 40th!

  12. smokenado

    smokenado Smoke Blower


    I smoked it at 250-275 did dip to 225 for a few.
  13. smokenado

    smokenado Smoke Blower

    Bill Richardson,

    I used Orange Juice and whole bulb of garlic slightly chopped the garlic and let it soak overnight.
  14. Thanks for the information. Great job................
  15. smokenado

    smokenado Smoke Blower

    Chef Willie,

    The smoker is an older Brinkmann Pittmaster Deluxe it's not to hard to maintain temps so I added coals about every hour and half. Cooked total of 14 hours for 9 Lbs.
  16. smokenado

    smokenado Smoke Blower

    I had to pull it the next day and forgot to take picks whenever I have pulled the next day after sitting ing the fridge overnight its usually a pain but this one was easy.
  17. langm77

    langm77 Newbie

    The OJ and garlic that you have for the mop and sauce, that isn't the amount that you used for the brine is it? Am I correct in assuming that you used an additional amount to brine the roast in? It looks great by the way and am asking causer I'm planning on trying this out this weekend. Thanks
  18. smokenado

    smokenado Smoke Blower

    The mop sauce is a separate recipe it's listed above. So you soak the Pork overnight in OJ and Garlic and toss that mixture then make up the mop sauce using the left over rub OJ Beer and everything else listed.
  19. the greenes

    the greenes Newbie

    [​IMG]   OMG that looks SO good!
  20. So you pulled it, what you do to it then, to make it carnitas?

    For those of us one country removed from Mexico, we know very little about the Mexican food culture, so please elaborate!
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2014

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