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The Best Ever Carnitas

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“This is an adopted recipe from Mean Chef. This looks really great to me and can't wait to try it, as I really enjoy Carnitas. Mean Chef word's are: The special ingredient is Pepsi and this is fabulous. you can use carnitas in tortillas, serve like BBQ pork or great at a picinic on rolls. Recipe from Rio Bravo”
2hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fuego spice mix (recipe# 66927): Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  3. Agua Negra Marinade (recipe# 66927): combine all ingredients with a whisk.
  4. Stores in the refrigerator for 2 days.
  5. Carnitas: Trim away excess fat from pork and cut into 3 inch cubes.
  6. Dust meat with Fuego spice mix and press to adhere well.
  7. Squeeze juice from oranges into an airtight nonreactive container, add peels, garlic,pepper, pepsi and Aqua Negra marinade- mix to combine well.
  8. Add seasoned meat and refrigerate overnight.
  9. Remove meat from the marinade (reserve marinade) the next day when you are ready to cook.
  10. Heat oil/shortening in a large heavy skillet over high heat until fat is smoking; add pork and brown completely on all sides- about 15 minutes.
  11. Add reserved marinade and simmer for about 2 hours or until pork is tender and dark brown- add additional Pepsi as needed while cooking to keep meat covered.
  12. Remove meat and chop into 3/4 inch pieces.

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