Dutch Oven Carnitas
Meaty, juicy, and packed with flavor, fall-apart-tender Dutch Oven Carnitas are so easy to make! Sure to become a household favorite, make a batch today!
Prep Time10 minutes mins
Cook Time2 hours hrs 30 minutes mins
Total Time2 hours hrs 40 minutes mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: carnitas, dutch oven carnitas, instant precision dutch oven, pork, pork carnitas
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Chef Jenn
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 pound picnic pork shoulder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tabelspoon Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 bay leaves
Preheat your Instant Precision Dutch Oven to saute, 20 minutes. It won't take 20 minutes.
Mix the cumin, chili powder, chipotle powder, Mexican oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Add the oil when your IP Dutch oven has finished preheating.
Rub the meat all over with the spice rub, then add it to the Dutch oven, searing it on all sides.
Set the IP Dutch Oven to manual mode 2, 325-F for 2.5 hours.
Add the orange juice, lime juice, onion, garlic, and bay leaf to the Dutch oven, pop the lid on it and let it do its thing.
Flip the meat over halfway through the cooking time.
Remove the pork from the cooking liquid and let cool until cool enough to handle.
Shred the meat with meat claws or two forks, discarding any fat, sinewy bits, or the bone.
Put the meat into a skillet along with 1/4 cup of the cooking juice and turn the heat to medium-high, letting the meat crisp up on the bottom. Don't disturb it for 3-4 minutes, then check to see if the meat has started to caramelize.
Serve with all your favorite garnishes!
Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3mg