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Carnitas
(Braised Pork Shoulder)

Recipe Ingredients

1 pork shoulder, about 5 pounds
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 carrot
2 celery stalks
1 large yellow or Spanish onion
2 oranges
3 limes
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup adobo, chile paste reserved fromcanned chipotles
1-2 cups water


Method

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Trim pork shoulder of excessive fat and cut into 1-inch cubes.

Cut carrot, celery and onion into a small dice and cut oranges and limes into halves.

Heat a large rondo, or braising pan, on the stovetop over medium-high heat.

Pour in oil and sauté diced vegetables.

After 3-4 minutes add cubed pork shoulder. Cook for 5-7 minutes until pork begins to brown.

Season the mixture: Add salt, pepper, paprika and cumin.

Next, add orange and lime halves.

Add vinegars and adobo paste, followed by 1 to 2 cups water, or enough to almost cover cubed pork.

Bake the pork: Cover with lid or foil and place in oven. Bake for about 2 hours or until pork is fork tender.

Remove from oven and serve with tortillas, guacamole, salsa verde and chipotle mojo.

Yield: 10-12 servings

Traditional garnishes include grated sharp dry cheeses, radishes, sour cream, shredded cabbage and limes.

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