Pork Carnitas

I worked at a Mexican Restaurant for two years, and by the time I left the company, I was completely burned out on Mexican food.

It wasn’t until much later, when my inner Foodie began to mature, that I found that Mexican Food was more than just ground beef, sour cream, and a cheesy jingle playing in the background.

My partner loves Mexican Food, and that is a love I dare not get in the way of.  Whenever we go out to eat, I can either pick the place to eat, or leave it to him, and I will inevitably find myself sitting at a table with a big bowl of chips and a recording of a Mariachi band blaring in one ear.

Then I discovered Pork Carnitas and the game completely changed.  In fact, it was the first time I was introduced to my Inner Foodie on an official capacity.

There is something about the combination of Pork and Cilantro and a squeeze of lime that is irresistible to me.  I realize now that the first time I tasted this amazing dish, I had severe tunnel vision when it came to Mexican Food.  It was more than just tacos, burritos and fried ice cream.  There were flavor combinations that I hadn’t explored yet.

Carnitas are a braised pork shoulder, flavored with spices and citrus during the 8-10 hours in a slow cooker.  The pork is then used in tacos, burritos or tortas.  It’s an alternative to beef or chicken, and as far as I’m concerned, is what I prefer over the more common meats.

And now, I am taking my love for Carnitas one step further.  Right now, in my slow cooker, I have a 2 lb pork roast cooking away.  I found a recipe for it online, and the house already smells amazing.  It was very simple to put together, but I had to get up at 7:30am to get it started.

Yeah, you read that right.  I got up early in the morning to make dinner.   *That’s* how much I love Carnitas.

I will post again later with a picture to let you know how it turned out.  I’m not using a pork *shoulder*, which concerns me a bit, but I hope that won’t matter too much.

About shelbycub

Just a Bear who lives in Shelbyville, Indiana with his partner of 16 years. Food, fun and Bacon are high on his list of things to experience in great quantities on a daily basis. William takes the lighter, humorous side of things, especially Food Adventures. "We all have to eat to live. But we must enjoy food to experience life." -- William Brown
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