Smoked Carnitas – a delicious weeknight meal and the perfect way to use smoked pork shoulder leftovers!
The Best Smoked Carnitas
I believe that carnitas are traditionally braised, not smoked, and as a result would normally have an even juicier texture, which is lovely, but there is something about the smokiness and the rub on the pork that makes it a ridiculously good carnita. Maybe I am using the term too loosely, but when it tastes this good I don’t care what you call it.
What is Better for Carnitas Pork Shoulder or Pork Butt
Honestly either will work just fine!
Other Smoked Pork Shoulder Recipes
So, if you have been following the blog, your mission is to make Smoked Pork Shoulder this weekend and then you can make these meals throughout the week:
Boom. You’re welcome for planning your meals for the next couple days! If you have any other fun ideas for left over smoked pork, let’s hear’em!
How to Make Smoked Carnitas
Step One: Make some smoked pork shoulder!
Step Two: Shred it after it rests for a while.
Step Three: Placed shredded pork on foil-lined baking sheet and put in the oven at 450 degrees F. for 5-10 minutes to let it crisp up.
Step Four: use in your tacos with all the fixings!
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Smoked Carnitas – made with amazing smoked pork shoulder, these carnitas are easy to throw together and so delicious!
- 1 batch Smoked Pork Shoulder (or ideally whatever leftovers you have)
- 1 can corn or 3–4 corn cobs roasted and kernels cut off*
- 2 avocados
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro (approx. 1 cup chopped)
- 5–10 authentic tortillas
- 2 limes, sliced
- Your favorite barbecue sauce
- (Optional) homemade creamy coleslaw or spicy purple coleslaw
- Shred pork shoulder and place on foil-lined baking sheet.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. and spread pork out on top.
- Bake for 5-10 minutes or until pork starts to crisp up.
- Remove from oven and serve in tortillas with corn, avocado, cilantro, bbq sauce and a squeeze of lime juice.
- Take tortilla and add desired amount of pork, corn, avocado, cilantro.
- Squeeze some lime on top.
- Add desired amount of barbecue sauce.
Keywords: smoked carnitas
Originally posted July 14, 2016. Updated with new photos May 29th, 2021.