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Crispy Carnitas

Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dinner
Servings: 6


  • Big Pot that can be put into the oven


  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 3-4 lbs Boneless Pork Shoulder/Butt, cut into 5 pieces
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 Onion, chopped or thinly sliced
  • Water for Braising


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together the salt, cumin, and chili powder, and rub all over the meat
  • Place the meat in a large ovenproof pot with the cinnamon stick, bay leaf, garlic, and onion
  • Add water to almost covering the meat
  • Put the pot in the oven, uncovered and braised for 3 hours
  • The pork should be done when its tender, slightly browned, and most of the water is gone
  • Remove the pork from the oven, using a shredding gadget or two large forks
  • Discard any bones, or any large lump of fat, the cinnamon stick, and bay leaf
  • Put the pot back in the oven and cook for another hour until brown and crispy per your taste, stirring occasionally so its even