Discussion in 'Pork' started by mgwerks, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    A real treat for those in the know. Very popular in South Texas and much of Mexico, and everyone makes theirs a little differently.
    I picked up the milk trick through an abuela on the border, it helps the browning and crispiness. More good eats on my blog.

    1 t salt
    1/2 t fresh ground black pepper
    2 t dried Mexican oregano
    1 1/2 t cumin
    6 garlic cloves
    2 T vegetable oil
    2 chiles arbol (4 or 6 if you like more heat)
    2 lb. pork butt, cut into bite-sized chunks
    3 T lard, shortening, or my choice - bacon grease
    1/4 cup milk

    Haul out the sacrificial pork butt, a clean cutting board, and a sharp knife.
    P.S. - look close at the sticker, you'll see the great sale they had!


    Cut the meat into big chunks, following the muscle lines.
    Separate the bone (if any) and any silver skin and gristle from the meat.


    Cut the pork butt into bite-sized pieces, trimming off any chunks of fat (save the fat for sausage use or rendering).


    Now break out the spices.
    Clockwise from 3:00 - chiles arbol, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, Mexican oregano and cumin.


    Combine the first 6 ingredients in a molcajete, mortar and pestle, or food processor.
    Grind or whiz it around until you have a smooth mixture, and empty it in a large bowl. Set aside.
    Put your cubed pork into the bowl, and mix well until all meat is thoroughly coated.
    Cover the coated meat and let it sit out for about 30 minutes.


    Melt the lard/shortening/bacon fat over medium heat in a large covered skillet or Dutch oven.
    Dump in the pork and sear the meat quickly, then reduce to a simmer and cover.
    Cook for about an hour, stirring a few times to help the browning and prevent sticking.

    After an hour, add the milk, uncover and raise the heat to medium-high.
    Simmer until most of the liquid is gone, stirring and scraping up all the goodies off the bottom of the pan.
    In 15 or 20 minutes, the pork should be all brown and a bit crispy on the outside, and tender and yummy on the inside. Drain.


    Caranitas is a very versatile spicy dish. It can be served as an entree, or shredded for enchiladas, or served my favorite way -
    in a steamy flour tortilla with grilled onions, avocado slices and pico de gallo!
  2. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    thanks for the recipe and pics. got ta try this thanks
  3. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great Post! I think that goes on to the to do list. [​IMG]
  4. jagerviking

    jagerviking Smoke Blower

    Looks great! Love me some carnitas. Will definatly try this, thank you
  5. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the tutorial. That looks fantastic. Got to love the abuelas of the world.[​IMG]
  6. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking carnitas. Thanks for the Qview.
  7. Great recipe and looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.
  8. vtanker

    vtanker Meat Mopper

    I LOVE carnitas. I like them Very crispy. Looks great! Thanks man!
  9. Love carnitas; have to try this one.

    Nice blog, too.
  10. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic


    I had shredded a mess of carnitas in February and made some great green enchiladas out of them (see blog), and had about a pound left, which went into the freezer. I dragged it out, put it in a pan with a bit of water, and whipped up some dinner. Like a good chili, it seems to just get better with age!


    Fresh flour tortillas heated up on a cast iron comal, a wipe of sour cream, a pile of tender spicy carnitas, avocado slices, pico de gallo and Bufalo hot sauce; finally topped with chopped cilantro, salt and fresh ground pepper.

    It doesn't get any better than this!
  11. maker4life

    maker4life Fire Starter

    Man those look good .
  12. m1tanker78

    m1tanker78 Meat Mopper



  13. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice indeed, and a great thread!

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