Salsa Brava Carnitas
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Recipe courtesy of John Conley


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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 3 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings
It does not get any better than slow-roasted carnitas. This recipe differs slightly from what may be served in Old Mexico. Traditional carnitas are cooked in lard, pulled from the oil, chopped, and served directly in tacos and such. This versatile dish is one of our most requested at Salsa Brava. It can be served in tacos, burritos, omelets, or just about anything else you can imagine. We use free-range pork-no hormones, no antibiotics. Our choice for cut of meat is the pork butt. (Not to be confused with the actual pig's butt.) The pork butt is actually a shoulder cut, and it can be purchased with bone-in or out. The bone found in the butt is the clavicle, and any butcher can remove it, if preferred.



  1. Sprinkle the pork with the seasoned salt.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Put a roasting grate at the bottom of a roasting pan and pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the pan along with the liquid smoke. Arrange the pork on the grate and top with the onion and garlic. Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 2 hours, then remove the cover and bake until the pork is fork-tender, about 1 more hour.
  5. When cooked through, transfer the pork to a large bowl. Shred the meat and stir in the pan juices. Serve with warm tortillas or use when making tacos, tamales, etc.