Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
- 3 lbs pork (shoulder or butt)
- 5 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 bay leaf (laurel)
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 3 cups orange juice
- Broth to cover meat
- Lard or oil for frying
- salt to taste
The pork is ready when the edges of the chunks become browned and crispy. You can serve it as-is in the larger chunks, or you can remove it from the pot and chop it up into smaller pieces to use as a filling for tacos or burritos.
Note- One of the comments/ratings mentions that this is traditionally done over an open fire. While this is true, a lot of people don't have access to an outdoor open fire. While the reviewer suggests that making carnitas in your home could increase the fire danger, I believe you can make delicious carnitas indoors, in your kitchen without any more danger than typical home cooking.