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#1 Brian Smith

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:16 AM

start with pork shoulder or butt (this is 13lbs of shoulder)

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you then de-bone and cut into cubes about the size of your fist

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you cook with garlic and bay leaves, i use a large tea ball to keep the ingredients from floating in my batch

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carnitas are cooked in a large copper pot to evenly distribute the heat, this pot can handle up to about 35-40 lbs (i purchased it in 2001 for about 125$, not sure what a pot this size would run now). you clean the pot with salt, a little bit if vinegar and lemons, its amazing how well this will make the pot shine.

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this is my setup (some use a rock ring firepit, i like to keep it easier)

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carnitas are cooked in lard, for the 13.5lbs i made i used 10lbs of lard (more than needed, but i like to make sure all my meat is submerged)

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Edited by Brian Smith, 23 November 2009 - 08:32 AM.


#2 Brian Smith

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:17 AM

once you get the lard into the pot and at a slow boil you add the meat, notice the tea ball with the bay leaves and garlic... continue to cook the meat with a slow boil

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after about 30 to 45 minutes you add orange juice (some people use coke) with salt mixed in, you then crank up the heat some to get more of a faster boil. the orange juice will give the meat more of a carmelized coating.

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when you think the carnitas are done, cut a piece or two to see how the inside looks, you dont want any pink meat, here are the carnitas right after removed from kettle

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Edited by Brian Smith, 23 November 2009 - 08:35 AM.


#3 Ric Gilbert

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:22 AM

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#4 Brian Smith

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:22 AM

it looks like i reached the limit on pics posted in a thread

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#5 Ric Gilbert

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 09:47 AM

View PostBrian Smith, on Nov 23 2009, 05:22 PM, said:

it looks like i reached the limit on pics posted in a thread

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Got them now. Very Cool post.




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