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Authentic Pork Carnitas/Carnitas de cerdo autentico

Discussion in 'Pork' started by chilerelleno, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Mike.
    Carnitas, like many other things, are hit-n-miss at all but the best Mexican restaurants.
    For me the rice and beans are the litmus test of how good the average Mexican joint is, and not many rate well.
    After that I start looking at their Chile Rellenos, Carnitas, Lengua, Al Pastor and whether or not they serve a good Horchata.
    Thanks Al,
    especially for the compliment on the pic, I try hard for good presentation pics.
     
  2. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Chris,
    save your gas, its all gone now except for some rice.

    Appreciate that CM.
    Me too, glad I don't eat like this everyday.


    Made a nice lunch of the leftovers.
    Added some salsa verde to the pork and it reheated real nice.
    Beans and rice with more salsa verde.
    Just woke up from my after lunch siesta.

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  3. MeatSkull

    MeatSkull Meat Mopper

    Looks good, I have to go fat free these days myself. :(
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tom, not exactly the same but most Carnita recipes can be made by braising. Slow cooker, oven or if you got an Instant Pot, decent Carnita are an hour away. The key is to brown the raw meat then brown the coarsely shredded pork at the end. Take a look at recipes. Lot do not use lard...JJ
     
  5. Magnífico!
    I just pinned your Carnitas recipe to my all time favorites folder.
    Do you ever add a sauce to your Carnitas when serving? A local restaurant serves "El Diablo" sauce that will melt your face that I would like to try at home. Spicy flavor that compliments the tender, crispy pork.
    This recipe you shared seems to be the absolute full unit for authentic Carnitas.
    Thanks,
     
  6. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Appreciate that AP,
    yes, I often offer Pico de Gallo, Roja or Verde salsas.
    Of course once you start deliciously drowning it in a chile sauce it is no longer Carnitas it becomes Chile Rojo/Verde.
    Yes, this recipe is as authentic as it gets.
     
  7. idahopz

    idahopz Smoking Fanatic

    Dang, that looks as authentic as it gets - I want to come to your place to eat!
     
  8. Way late joining in. Been looking at authentic Carnitas recipes. The best I found use the same ingredients as you plus a can of evaporated milk without marinating, which was mentioned in one reply. I'm guessing you would recommend marinating?
     
  9. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, marinate for the win.
     
  10. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Some threads on this board make me want to lick my screen while I groan.

    Party on, Dude.

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    That marinade seems like you're making your own Mojo Criollo, bitter citrus with a lot of garlic. I'm accustomed to it being made from sour oranges but your orange/lime combination is a close approximation.
     
  11. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks,
    I know, right, I come here to just salivate over other's Q.

    Yeah, if I could get Sour oranges I would use them, but I just make do.
     
  12. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We need to charter a tour bus to go grocery shopping in Miami. Make sure it has a trailer hitch to pull a smoker. Grab something spiky out of the produce department, and use it to kill whatever is crawling out of the fish case. That's fresh.
     
  13. Chile, how long do you bake the strudel?
     
  14. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  15. markh024

    markh024 Meat Mopper

    I just salivated like a dog. It all looks amazing.