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Orange Amber Ale-Braised Carnitas

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Looking for a simple, easy, and festive appetizer? These Orange Amber Ale-Braised Carnitas are everything you could ever dream of and more. Enjoy them with a side of your favorite tortilla chips and an ice cold one.

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  • 2 dried New Mexico or guajillo chiles

  • 4 pounds skinless, boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 12 ounces Orange Amber Ale

  • 4 garlic cloves, lightly crushed

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Toast chiles in a dry large heavy pot over medium heat until slightly puffed and lightly darkened on both sides, about 2 minutes. Remove from pot; let cool. Stem chiles and halve lengthwise; discard seeds.

  2. Bring chiles, pork, beer, garlic, salt, and 1 cup water to a boil in same pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pork is fork-tender, 60-80 minutes.

  3. Uncover pork; simmer until liquid evaporates and pork begins to brown, 20-25 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and scraping bottom of pot, until pork is shredded and browned, 10-15 minutes.

  4. Add 1 cup water to pork; cook, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, for about 1 minute. DO AHEAD: Carnitas can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool. Cover and chill. Reheat with 1/2 cup water in a covered pot, adding more water if needed to keep pork moist.

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