Pork Carnitas on the Grill | Family Cuisine

Pork carnitas is a Mexican dish that is traditionally slow-cooked in lard or rendered beef fat. However, you can also cook pork carnitas on the grill with some salt and pepper. It is best to use fresh pork lo
Pork Carnitas on the Grill | Family Cuisine

I’m showing you how to make flavorful Pork Carnitas on the Grill and the process could not be more simple! Thanks to the Ohio Pork Council for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone.

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It’s May here in Ohio and that means it is past time to turn on my grill. Pulled pork is such a crowd-pleasing, inexpensive and delicious meal to serve – any time of year. So I wanted to explore how to make pork carnitas (which is pulled pork with Mexican flavors) on the grill. The process was mostly hands-off and the results were pretty amazing.

pork carnitas on a tortilla

Watch how to grill pork carnitas:

What are pork carnitas?

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The authentic Mexican version of pork carnitas is pork simmered in lard because it makes the pork amazingly tender. Pork carnitas are known for both being tender and having crispy bits of fat mixed in – quite an addicting combination. Here in the states a pork shoulder (also known as a pork butt) can be cooked low and slow and then crisped up at the end to mimic the Mexican carnitas. A foil pan on the grill provides for the low and slow park and then the grill provides the finishing touch.

pork carnitas topped with green sauce

How are pork carnitas on the grill served?

Tacos are probably the most popular way to serve pork carnitas, but carnitas are also good served with rice as a burrito bowl. Heck if you’re paleo or low carb you can fit pork carnitas into your diet too as a topping for lettuce or baked sweet potatoes. But I personally prefer a good pork carnitas taco topped with green salsa and a little shredded cheese.

pork carnitas on the grill taco

Kitchen Tips:

  • Pork loins and chops can be served with a blush of pink at 145 degrees F. That rule doesn’t apply with carnitas though. Cook until the meat easily shreds with a fork. The fat in the pork shoulder adds flavor and keeps the meat really tender through the roasting and grilling process.
  • If you are local to me and buy your pork at the grocery store, you are supporting Ohio pork farmers.
  • Use a disposable foil pan similar to these for roasting the pork.
  • Instructions in this recipe are for a gas grill, similar to this one.

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More grilling recipes with Ohio Pork:

  • Al Pastor Grilled Pork Tenderloin
  • Perfectly Grilled Pork Chops
  • Grilled Strawberry Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

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