The Best Carnitas Recipe With Ree Drummond


Level: Easy
Total: 6 hr 15 min (includes cooling time)
Active: 25 min
Yield: 6 servings


2 poblano peppers, seeded and sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
One 4 1/2-pound bone-in pork shoulder
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
4 jalapeno peppers, sliced
2 limes, zested and juiced
1 orange, zested and juiced
For serving: corn tortillas, sliced radishes, pickled jalapeno slices, pico de gallo, hot sauce, lime wedges and fresh cilantro leaves


Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Put the poblano and onion slices in the bottom of a heavy pot. Mix the cayenne, cumin and a pinch of salt and pepper together in a bowl, then use the mixture to season the pork shoulder. Put the pork on top of the vegetables. Add the chicken broth, jalapeno slices, lime zest and juice and orange zest and juice. Cover and cook until tender, 4 to 5 hours.

Turn the heat up to 450 degrees F, remove the lid and cook until the surface crisps slightly, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pork to a board and let it rest until cool enough to handle, then remove the fat and shred the meat with 2 forks.

Strain the vegetables from the sauce and set aside. Put the meat in serving dish, add the vegetables and pour over some of the sauce.
Serve the shredded pork with warm corn tortillas, radishes, pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, hot sauce, lime wedges and cilantro leaves.