This was a GREAT recipe!!!!! Everyone loved it.
I did make some changes to it though.
I used big hunk "carnitas labeled" pork- about the size of softballs for my 1st attempt (which tasted delicious) and the next time I used thick cut boneless pork chops ( about 12 of them) which came out completely different than the other cut of pork. tThe carnitas cut was very tender and rich while the pork chops were dryer but still tasteful. They were more like "white meat". I persoanally preferred the carnitas cut for this delicious recipe.
Instead of cooking it in all water, I used a combination of dry white wine, 'not from concentrate' orange juice or regular apple juice (I have made this recipe twice), cola, and water.
I left out the celery and bay leaf (didn't have any) instead I used 1/2 tsp. oregano, the thyme and I had a few dry rubs from "Tulocay's Napa Valley"- Beef and Burger rub and Poultry rub and I used about 1 Tbls. each.
I used sea salt.
And mixed half 'n half with some 1% milk to make the milk asked for in the recipe.
I reduced down the UNSTRAINED liquid (INCLUDING the onions and garlic- after I had pureed them) and at the proper time I poured the rich reduction over the the meat after the 1st hour of oven time and stirred it into the meat and returned it to the oven for 15 min.
We were all hungry and it looked great already so I skipped the last 15 min. and it tasted amazing.
The texture, flavor, appearance are perfect.
I agree with one of the reviewers that I think the milk did something really great for the flavor, it added a really delicious quality to the final flavor.
This is now my favorite mexican meat.
In fact; the pork that comes out before the rendering and baking tasted really good for just a nice pork dinner to be served with potatos and veggies for a nice meal. The meat is tender and delicious. The oven time makes them crispy, carmelized and rich. Possibly due somewhat to the addition of the milk.
This recipe is one of the best recipes I have ever made and eaten.
I love it all the way until it is gone, never tire of it.
You won't be disappointed!
I start craving this when it's gone.
make it and serve it with homemade salsa or green sauce and you can make enchiladas, tacos, burritos, whatever.