Homesick Texan Carnitas

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Recipe video made by Ryan Published on 10/19/2017, viewed by 3202 , 4 Comments

Internet famous homesick Texan carnitas from homesick I prefer my carnitas slow roasted but these are faster, and the flavor is great. If this is your first experience with carnitas, the homesick Texan carnitas recipe is a great choice.

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What you will need

2-3 lb (1-1.5 kg) pork shoulder (with plenty of fat)

1/2 cup (100 ml) orange juice

1/4 cup (50 ml) lime juice

4 cloves garlic

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cumin

How to cook



Cut up your pork shoulder into 2-3" cubes.


water to submerge pork.

Combine pork, orange juice, lime juice, cumin and salt in a pot. Fill with water to submerge pork.


 go at that for 2 hours.

Bring the pot to a rolling boil. Then drop it to a gentle simmer and let it go at that for 2 hours.



Bring it back to a boil. Reduce the liquid until evaporated.


Crispy pork fat is good. But simmering won't take care of that. If there's enough fat on your pork, you might be able to crisp the chunks in the remaining fat once everything is reduced.


I wasn't able to find pork that was that fatty. Instead, I set a pan with oil over medium heat and just fried each chunk on all sides.


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Jackie Benton avatar
Jackie Benton
12/14/2017 ☰
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Gabriel Varel
12/25/2017 ☰
If I were you I would try to save some of the fat because if you are simmering it for 2 hours over boiling water you are bound to kill all that fat...look at the fat over tge boiling water when you were simmering it. I would prefer to save someof the fat (to preserve the flavor) and also save some of the marinade when frying it in ots own juices! Let me know!
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Wayne Caudill
01/24/2018 ☰
Awesome! Everyone loved it. Including the grandkids & friends.
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