Friday, March 27, 2015

Pork Carnitas

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It's been a while!  Winter has been busy for us and I have put any blogging on the back burner. I've now got 2 new recipes to post!  My first one is pork carnitas.  Carnitas means 'little meats' and these little meats have big flavor.  This time around I broiled them after cooking them so they would be crispier.  My kids liked them crispy, my hubby and I would preferred them directly from the pot.  We thought broiling them dried out the meat a little bit.

This recipe is so simple and delicious.  Give it a try!

This recipe is whole 30 compliant, paleo & clean eating and just plain good.

Pork Carnitas

4 pound pork loin or pork shoulder cut into 2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cilantro
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like things)
juice of 2 limes
2 cups of water

Put your pork chunks into a ziploc bag.  In a bowl combine all the spices and seasonings except for the lime juice and the water.  Pour all the seasonings over the pork and shake it all until every piece is covered with the mix.

In a large pot or dutch oven pour in a bit of olive oil and then warm to medium heat.  Then add the pork chunks and sear the edges just a bit, it doesn't have to be perfect, just 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side.  Pour the lime juice into the bottom of the pot then add the 2 cups of water.  Bring the pot to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat so that it's still boiling just a little bit.  Do not cover this dish.  That water needs to evaporate and reduce out to create the delicious flavor of the dish and the lime will tenderize the meat.  Let the pot simmer over your stovetop for about 2 hours and then check it.  Your liquid should be reduced to almost gone.  When there is just a small thick layer of sauce in the bottom take turns flipping over each of the pork chunks so they darken a bit on each side.

Serve just the meat chunks with some baked sweet potatoes and delicious green veggies or shred the meat and serve in tortillas with some salsa and guacamole!!