Pork Carnitas

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“I want to give credit where credit is due, this is from "A Family Feast" by Martha. I love this version, and the beautiful, caramelized crust is just wonderful!”
5hrs 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12-3 lbs pork butt, cut into large pieces at least 2x2
  • 1 lb lard
  • 12 orange, skin on, quartered
  • 1 lime, skin on, quartered
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, skinned but whole, slightly smashed
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 14 cup bacon fat
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
  2. 2. In a 9x11x2 casserole dish, place all ingredients. Cover and bake for five hours.
  3. 3. Remove from oven, and scoop out meat with a strainer. Dispose of remaining liquids and solids.
  4. 4. Brush a sheet pan with the olive oil, and place the pork, single layer, and put under the broiler for five minutes. Watch it! Don't let the meat dry out, or burn!
  5. 5. Serve with tortillas, flour or corn. Add some cilantro or extra onion if you like.

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