Carnitas? Maybe. Delicioso? Definitely!

Delicioso Carnitas?

Carnitas? Maybe. Delicioso? Definitely!

Carnitas? Maybe. Delicioso? Definitely!

As most of you know carnitas usually has orange juice as an ingredient. We don't do orange juice so I needed a way to make carnitas (or something close) sans OJ. I can tell you that what I came up with was absolutely delicious. Was it carnitas? I don't really know. I suppose that WHAT is it was is less important than HOW it was, right? 


  • 4 pounds pork butt
  • 1 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 3 Tablespoons oregano
  • 3 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons lard


Chop onions and put into pot with all other ingredients. We used our instantpot; set on low pressure for two hours as we didn't cut up the pork butt before cooking.

After two hours shred the cooked pork butt and enjoy!