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Carnitas Recipe

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Wendy McCleery


5 lbs. Pork Shoulder
Sea Salt
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
Cinnamon Stick
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp. Chile Powder
1 tsp. Chile de arbol (or ancho chile powder)
tsp. Cumin
5 Cloves Garlic

Cut pork into 4 -5 inch chunks. Salt and brown meat in dutch oven. Remove excess fat. Remove meat and add 2 cups water and scrape bottom of pan. Add cinnamon stick, bay leaves, garlic, chili powders and cumin. Mix and add neat back. Add water until meat is about ⅔ covered.

Braise in oven, uncovered, for 3 hours. Stir pork occasionally during braising.

Remove from oven and shred pork.




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