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Crispy Pork Carnitas Recipe

Crispy Pork Carnitas - Slow oven roasted marinated pork cubes with a crispy caramelized crust. Rich, moist, flavorful and so tender it melts in your mouth!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 20 mins
Marinade Time12 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main, Main Course, Pork
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carnitas, crispy, pork
Servings: 8
Calories: 357kcal
Author: DSTR


  • Baking Sheet


  • 4-5lb pork butt or shoulder, cut into 2" cubes


  • 2 oranges juice of fresh
  • 2 limes juice of fresh
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves , peeled and cracked
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro , chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper fresh ground


  • Cut the pork butt into 2" cubes. Place in a large zip-top bag or bowl.
  • Mix together the orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, garlic cloves, cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Pour over the pork and massage or stir to cover thoroughly with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 275F degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  • Place the pork in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast for 2 hours.
  • Remove the foil and drain the juices from the pan. Increase the oven temperature to 300F degrees. Roast another 45 minutes to 1 hour, until fall-apart tender.
  • Broil for 5-8 minutes until desired color and crisp is achieved.
  • Serve with flour tortillas and your favorite toppings.





Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg