Pork Carnitas (Pork Pieces prepared Cauldron Style)

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  • 3 lbs pork (boneless ribs work well) cut into 2″ cubes (1.4kg)
  • 1 cup water (240ml)
  • ¼ cup lard (56gr)
  • 1 unpeeled orange, cut in half
  • 1 cup whole milk (240ml)


  1. Place pork meat in a 6 qt (6lt) dutch oven, and add water.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes, until all the pork is browned and cooked through.
  3. Uncover the pork and continue to simmer until the water has evaporated. Use a spatula to turn the pieces of pork so they do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add the lard and orange halves, and continue to cook for about 20 minutes.
  5. Occasionally turn the pork pieces with a spatula, so that they brown evenly.
  6. Add the milk to the pot, and continue to cook the pork for another 20 minutes, until they are golden.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, remove the carnitas from the cooking pot, and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with corn tortillas and salsa.