Carnitas

Easy
Serves 10
Ingredients: 
  • 3-4 lbs. pork shoulder roast
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Kowalski's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups Mexican lager-style beer
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • - corn or flour tortillas
  • - chopped onion
  • - chopped fresh cilantro
  • - lime wedges
Instructions: 

Season pork with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot but not smoking. Add pork and cook, turning frequently, until browned on all sides (about 10 min.). Transfer pork to a platter; set aside. Add onion and garlic; sauté until softened (1-2 min.). Add beer, scraping browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Return meat to the pan; add orange juice and oregano. Cook, covered, in a preheated 350° oven until pork is very tender (about 45 min. per lb.). Remove pork from the pan and let rest on a carving board, covered with foil, 10-20 min. Coarsely chop or shred pork into bite-size pieces; moisten pork slightly with cooking juices. Serve immediately in tortillas with onion, cilantro and lime wedges.

Good to Know:

  • If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can use any oven-safe covered pot.
  • You can also transfer the seared pork, onions and beer to a slow cooker with the juice. Cook about 5 hrs. on high or 10 hrs. on low.