• 4 pounds pork butt (boneless, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 onions (peeled and halved)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 orange (medium, juiced and keep the spent halves)
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NutritionView more



Calories200Calories from Fat120
Total Fat13g20%
Saturated Fat4.5g23%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat120
Total Carbohydrate3g1%
Dietary Fiber<1g3%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Elizabeth G. 7 days ago
I've made this dish numerous times. It's one of the very few dinners that my whole family loves.
Saskia Robinson 17 days ago
Great recipe I used crockpot turned out amazing
Adam W. 24 days ago
Great flavors! I used the slow cooker on low for 8 hours and threw it in the oven under the broiler. The broiler is key!
It turned out perfect!
Catherine 26 Jun
My didn’t turn out like the picture. I think I doubled the recipe, so it took a lot longer for it to turn syrupy. I may have burned it a bit. Though mine doesn’t look as good as the picture, it was still delicious.
Love this. I over broiled mine unfortunately. Def gonna make it again but I’ll keep a better eye on the broiler next time.
fun to make could use a little more taste I'm not a foodie so I'm not sure what but it was good was not overpowering, add some onion, salsa and lime and some corn tortillas and we got something.
Adam C. 7 Jun
Really good. I made this exactly to the recipe and was amazing.
Jen 1 Jun
absolutely phenomenal, this one's a keeper!
Travis D. 28 May
Family favorite, so tender and tasty
mary f. 21 May
next time i will double up on the spices and maybe add a couple fresh jalapenos.
Wes R. 1 May
It was amazing! Great flavor. before cooking down the sauce, I took the time to put the sauce in the freezer in order to skim off the fat, it was worth it. Will definately make again.
Turned out great I added a little chipotle powder before broiling
Dana 15 Apr
Excellent recipe! I've always loved pork carnitas and decided to make it myself. Turned out perfect.
Regina 7 Apr
It was outstanding and my new carnitas go-to!
Gibbs 6 Apr
Oh wow! this is an outstanding meal and so easy to make. we took the ldftovers the next day and made our own burritto bowls. It was heaven 😍
Nicole H. 17 Mar
The entire family loved these! While this recipe did take a while, it was not difficult to make. We did have a lot of liquid and that took a while to reduce, probably closer to 40 min. I did end up skimming a lot of the fat before mixing the meat back into the reduction. We tend to like spicy foods, so I'll add a pepper next time during cooking to add a bit of a kick.
Brian F. 17 Mar
Used a crockpot to cook and it was very good. More liquid to boil down but worth your time.
Olmsted 9 Mar
I used 2 pounds instead of 4, but kept the ingredient measurements the same. It came out very flavorful. The only somewhat challenging part was the reduction, which wasn’t hard it’s just something I don’t normally do. I will make this again.
Dana 3 Feb
Easy to prepare, tender and flavorful. The final step of putting the meat under the broiler a few minutes does give it that beautiful caramelized finish.
Lynn 17 Jan
I didn’t get much of the flavor of the herbs and spices and citrus. I already had a smoked Boston butt and marinated the pulled meat overnight. Next time I will pump up the flavor
Joanie 13 Dec 2017
My pork butt was 5 pounds and I cooked for 5 hours to get to a point where the meat pulled apart with a fork. It was delicious.
sam golding 8 Dec 2017
So good. Made in the oven with cast iron Dutch oven. Will definitely make again. I also may try this method for jerk pork. Thanks!
Mandy Betz 5 Nov 2017
Perfect wouldn’t change a thing lots of left overs for later in the week for us, but would make again
Kelly B. 30 Oct 2017
We loved these! They were full of flavor. The broil step is the key.
mj tremel 26 Oct 2017
Perfect one of our favorites
Chip 7 Sep 2017
Great recipe! Delicious flavor. Broiling the pork is a total game changer. It's worth extra effort.
Paola S. 4 Sep 2017
Its my go-to for carnitas! The flavors are just delicious!!
Marty B. 14 Aug 2017
Have made this recipe a couple of times now and each time it has been delicious. It has become our go to for a basic, easy pulled pork that has a lot of flavor and that is versatile with different sides.
Stephanie B. 9 Aug 2017
Made exactly as directed and it's soooo good