Braised Pork Carnitas

Cook Time

180 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

10 mins




2 tbsp Bacon Fat or Olive Oil

1 cup Chicken Stock

Cilantro, Chopped

Corn Tortillas

3 Jalapeno Pepper, minced

1 Lime, Wedges

2 tbsp Pit Boss Pulled Pork Rub

3 lbs Pork Shoulder, boneless, cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch cubes

Queso Fresco, crumbled

Red Onion, minced

Cooking Instructions

Irresistibly crispy and tender, braised pork carnitas are a mouthwatering addition to tacos, tostadas or any of your favorite Mexican dishes. Similar to burnt ends, tender and juicy pork chunks are braised on the pellet grill until deliciously crisp and golden on the edges with hints of wood-fired flavor. Serve inside homemade corn tortillas and top with queso fresco, zippy jalapenos, red onion and lime.  

Wood Pellet Recommendation 

Due to the subtle spicy aromas present in Mesquite Hardwood, we recommend using Mesquite Hardwood Pellets with this recipe.  

Note: This recipe uses Pit Boss Pulled Pork Rub seasoning.  

  1. Fire up your Pit Boss Platinum Series KC Combo and preheat to 300°F. If using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for medium-low heat.
  2. Season cubed pork shoulder with Pit Boss Pulled Pork Rub, then transfer to a cast iron Dutch oven, and add chicken stock. Transfer to center of grill with sear slide open. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and close the sear slide. Simmer pork for 2 ½ hours, until tender.
  3. Remove the lid and open the sear slide. Bring to boil and reduce liquid by half, about 15 minutes. Remove from grill and set aside.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet, then use a slotted spoon to transfer the pork to the skillet. Fry pork in fat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until pork crisps up. Remove from grill.
  5. Serve pork carnitas warm in fresh corn tortillas, with cilantro, red onion, jalapeño, queso fresco, and fresh lime.

Special Tools

  • Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  • Cast Iron Skillet

Bigger. Hotter. Heavier. Tip

For more smoke flavor, smoke the pork cubes in a grill basket for 2 hours on SMOKE mode before braising.

Diet Info

  • Low Carb

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