Breaking Bread – Beer Braised Carnitas

Cinco de Mayo is the obvious inspiration behind this recipe. While not exactly authentic, these carnitas are pretty spot on and provide succulent chunks of pork that are sure to please friends and family. Maltopia wee heavy scotch ale was selected partly for it’s rich, caramel notes and the intensity of flavor it will lend to the final product, but also to support hard working locals over at Hermitage Brewing Company. If you can’t find their beer near you start by asking your local bottle shop to acquire some; they make great stuff including a single hop ipa series. If that fails try using something brewed in your neck of the woods.

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, beer braised carnitas.

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, beer braised carnitas.

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Breaking Bread – Beer Braised Carnitas
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4-5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these beer braised carnitas.
  • 5 lbs Pork Butt, boneless
  • 8 -12ea Cloves Garlic, slightly crushed (add more if desired)
  • 3 – 22oz Hermitage Maltopia
  • 1 – Onion, quartered Guajillo
  • 1 – Orange, quartered
  • 2 – Guajillo Peppers, toasted and seeded
  • 1tbsp – Salt
  • 1tsp – Black Pepper
  • 6″ Yellow Corn Tortillas, warmed
  • White Onion and Cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges

  1. Cut Pork into 2-3″ chunks. Add all ingredients besides the orange to a bowl or bag and mix to coat pork. Refrigerate over night
  2. Remove pork from marinade mixture making most of the garlic is removed from the meat and reserve to add later.
  3. Heat a large pan and preheat the oven to 350F. Add a touch of oil or to the pan and sear pork on all sides. (this may take a couple batches depending on pan size)
  4. Deglaze pan with a bottle of Maltopia using a fork or whisk to scrape fond/brown bits from the pan. Squeeze the orange add it to the liquid.
  5. Return the seared pork to the pan, add the marinade, add enough water to cover pork and bring to a boil. Skimming any foam that forms.
  6. Place your pan in the oven and braise for 3-4 hours, turning occasionally, until the pork is tender and the liquid has rendered down. Continue cooking until the pork sand sauce begin to caramelize.
  7. Warm tortillas in the oven or on the stove top.
  8. Heat a skillet and sear pork to develop some crispness. Add a splash of Maltopia then cover to steam and heat carnitas through.
  9. Take two tortillas per serving apply a generous pinch of pork, garnish with chopped onion and cilantro, then enjoy!
  10. Don’t forget to open another beer to wash down your delicious tacos. Then again, you’ve probably been enjoying a beer throughout the whole process.

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4 Responses to Breaking Bread – Beer Braised Carnitas

  1. Nate says:

    Huge month, what with Cinco de Mayo and Craft Beer week. Since I’m short on funds I’ll use cheap beer for the food prep and drink the high quality stuff.

  2. Zach says:

    Just came across this recipe. I know Cinco de Mayo is a long ways off but I’m cooking this one tonight. I’ll be using some local Montana beers though. Thanks for the mouth watering goodness.

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