courtesy of Adam Baumgart, chef de cuisine at Seasonal restaurant. Best served with warmed corn tortillas, queso fresco, and quartered limes. —Family Meal
10 hungry cooks
bone in pork shoulder
dried chiles, ground (choose depending on heat preference. Adam likes to use chiles d'arbol)
cloves garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper
cilantro, roughly chopped
large onions, finely diced
radishes, thinly sliced
tomatillos, husked and roasted
small red onion, diced
cilantro, very roughly chopped
In This Recipe
Preheat the oven to 275. Rub the pork with chiles, salt, pepper, garlic, and press in the cloves. Place in a large roasting pan, and cover with foil. Cook until the meat is falling off the bone, about 4 hours. Once cool enough to handle, pull the meat off the bone, and shred it.
Combine the cilantro and onion. Set aside to use as garnish.
About an hour before serving, mix the sliced radishes with salt and lime juice to taste. Set aside to marinate.
Blend all ingredients, seasoning with lime juice and salt to taste.
Serve carnitas with warmed corn tortillas, garnish, salted radishes, salsa, wedges of lime and queso fresco. You can also serve this with rice and beans, but come on, you still have a night's work to do.