Carnitas: Braised and Fried Pork

Carnitas: Braised and Fried Pork
Photo by Romulo Yanes


  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican, crumbled
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 pounds fatty pork shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ orange
  • 1 medium white onion
  • + 3 more ingredients
    • 3 cups water
    • ¼ cup pork lard or vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons fine salt, or 4 teaspoons kosher salt

Put all the ingredients in a wide 6-to 7-quart heavy pot (don't worry if the pork is not completely covered) and bring the water to a boil, skimming the surface as necessary. Lower the heat and simmer vigorously, stirring occasionally, until the pork is fork-tender and the liquid has completely e...

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