Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"crispy" crock pot pork carnitas


i am a diners, drive in and dives'aholic.. i love that show and no matter how times i have seen an episode i still watch it.. i especially love the shows where they eat at mom and pop dive mexican joints.. so after watching it all these years i was surprised to learn that true original carnitas is slow boiled in lard.. ackkkkkkkkkkkkkk.. but it's pete's favorite and well um no i am not boiling anything in lard for hours.. (especially since he has lost nearly 20 lbs since december 2..) so i went on the hunt for a "skinny" carnitas recipe and i found a great one here.. and by using her recipe i was able to tweak it and come up with the "crispy" carnitas we like.. i ended up making cilantro lime rice as my side dish.. the recipe found here.. i didn't tweak it, it was perfect the way it was..



prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 8 hours
servings: 6-8

2 1/2 lb pork shoulder blade roast, fat removed
5-6 cloves of garlic, slivered
1/2 tbls. cumin
1/2 tbls. onion powder
1/2 tbls. garlic powder
3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
3 chipolte peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
salt and pepper

using a sharp knife cut slits in the pork and insert a garlic sliver into each.. rub all over the pork your chipolte peppers with the adobo sauce then season pork with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and onion powder all over..   pour chicken broth into crock pot.. place pork in crock pot and cover.. cook on low for 8 hours or until meat is fork tender.. after 8 hours remove pork with a slotted spoon and discard the bone and juice except 1 cup ..  shred the pork with 2 forks and add the reserved juice.. then take your wok or non stick pan and get it "screaming" hot.. *really hot* hehe then add a handful (a serving size) of the pork let it sit don't move it around until it starts to get crispy on the bottom then flip over and do the same to other side.. then serve immediately.. shell had a mock chipolte restaurant bowl (rice, pork, avocado, tomato, sour cream and little cheese) and pete had a burrito with home made tortillas.. all in all everyone loved it!! :)

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