Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Big Bully Bruce's "Throw It Down Carnitas"

My friend Greg, the tomatillo sauce guy, was renamed a few years ago to Big Bully Bruce Chow. It started with a prank call from a guy named Bruce, then he got all fired up one night and we added the "Big Bully" part, and during a big dinner at Mr. Chow's in Beverly Hills, we all became the Chow clan. So here is my pal Big Bully Bruce Chow's delicious recipe for pork carnitas. Great for a casual dinner party with plenty of margaritas.

Throw It Down Carnitas
by Big Bully Bruce

1 6-8 lbs pork shoulder - bone in
olive oil
fresh sage - chopped
fresh rosemary - chopped
garlic - whole bulb - diced
3 shallots - diced
cayenne pepper (not too much, but not too little)
lemon juice - from 2 lemons

Combine all the ingredients and rub it all over the pork. Heat oven to 475. Place the doctored meat in a roasting pan and cover with foil... not tightly, but not loosely. Cook for 2 hours covered with foil - then remove the foil and baste the meat. Lower the oven temp to 350 and cook for an additional two hours - checking and basting every 30 minutes. Continue the process, checking and basting until the middle of the pork reaches 185 degrees on a meat thermometer and the meat is falling off the bone when pulled with a fork. It could take up to 6 hours in total. Pull the meat out and place it on a cutting board, covered with foil, and let sit for 20 minutes. Scrape up all the bits in the roasting pan and transfer that and all the juice in the pan to a dutch oven on the stove top. Put the meat into the pot and bring the juice to a boil, then down to simmer, pulling the meat apart with forks. Continue turning and pulling the meat apart until the bone comes off clean and everything is shredded to your liking. Be sure to add water as you go to keep things juicy as liquid evaporates. Serve right out of the pot - with my kick ass Throw It Down Tomatillo Sauce, flour tortillas or sopas, diced white onion and fresh cilantro. Delicious!

Thanks Big Bully (pictured with sweet baby Jullian)!

I know what you're all thinking - "He looks too sweet to be a big bully!" Trust me on this one. He's still quite lovable though, especially when he cooks for you!

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