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my party pork roasted carnitas

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Elizabeth Backus
San Diego, CA

This is a great party meal to feed a few or a large crowd. Growing up in a large family, buffet style is how we went about feeding a hungry flock. For every birthday, holiday, or special occasion this recipe will leave you satisfied.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Who is ready for a flavor party? These pork carnitas are fantastic. It's a wonderful recipe to feed a crowd or a hungry family. Easy to prepare, the meat is juicy and full of flavor. A tasty shredded pork recipe.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 3 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For my party pork roasted carnitas

  • 1-5-6 lb
    pork shoulder blade roast boneless
  • 1/3 c
    rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp
    Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 24
    corn tortillas
  • 2 c
    diced onions
  • 1 c
    chopped cilantro
  • 2 c
    chopped tomatoes
  • 3
    avocados, sliced in 1/8 slices
  • 3 c
    shredded cabbage
  • 1 c
    sliced radishes
  • 3
    limes, sliced in wedges
  • 1 jar
    La Victoria green salsa (16 oz, optional)

How To Make my party pork roasted carnitas

  • Oven set to preheat to 350 degrees.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Rice vinegar and spices rubbed over the pork roast.
    Sprinkle roast with rice vinegar all over. Then rub with the dry rub mixture all over so it completely covers the meat. (Depending on how big a roast you make, you might have to adjust the dry rub mixture, making a little more.)
  • Roast in a baking dish in the oven.
    Put roast in a deep baking pan and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 2-1/2-3 hours depending on how big the roast is.
  • Drippings removed from the baking dish.
    Uncover roast. Remove most of the fat dripping don't remove it all. Reserve about 1-cup of drippings (very important!).
  • Shredding the pork.
    Shred roast with two forks and spread out in baking pan.
  • Shredded pork continuing to bake in the oven.
    Return to oven and bake about 30 to 45 min until meat is crispy and tender. (If your roast gets too dry while roasting, add the 1 cup dripping you reserved for later and bake for another 5 min. so everything can incorporate.) Remove from oven and your meat is ready.
  • Prepped fixings in a bowl.
    While your meat is cooking, you can chop, slice, and shred all your fixing. You can warm your tortillas right before you serve them and keep them warm in a tortilla warmer.
  • My Party Pork Roasted Carnitas in corn tortillas.
    I set everything buffet style so everyone can fix their tacos to their liking. I also put a big dish of rice and beans to go along with the tacos. A margarita or big tall glass of beer goes great with these tacos. Enjoy!