Pork Carnitas Recipe


  • 3 lbs fatty pork shoulder or butt, skin and bone removed
  • cold water
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Pork Carnitas Recipe


  1. Cut the meat into strips 2” x ¾” (make sure you don’t remove/discard the fat). Place the meat into a large pot and barely cover with cold water. Add the salt and bring the water to a boil, uncovered.
  2. Lower the heat to bring the water down to a simmer. Let the meat continue to cook until all of the water has evaporated, about 1½ hours, depending on the size/shape of your pan.* The meat should be cooked through at this point, but not falling apart.
  3. Lower the flame a little bit more and continue to cook until all of the fat has rendered from the pork, turning the meat occasionally until all sides are browned, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  4. Serve the pork in tacos, enchiladas, burritos, or however you’d like!


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