Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I know I am due for a monthly letter, and I'm in the middle of writing it, but DO YOU KNOW how hard it is to be creative when you're totally exhausted!? DO YOU!?

I am just posting to say that tonight I made carnitas in the style of a Phoenix restaurant Guy Fieri visited on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and it was amazing. And, therefore, I am going to share the recipe.

It sounds so bizarre, but it was SO. FREAKING. GOOD.


1 pork butt (bone in) (they're about 5 lbs or so)
1 bulb of garlic, cut in half lengthwise (to expose the cloves)
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk (I am not making this up)
1/2 can Coke (stay with me)
2 cinnamon sticks
Enough salt to cure a bison

Cut up the pork butt into about 4 pieces (leaving the bone in) and put the pieces in the bottom of a dutch oven. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top (as for what to do with the other 1/2 of the can ... um, get out a spoon and go. to. town.). Pour the Coke over the top (mix the other 1/2 of the Coke with rum and juice from half a lime and some crushed ice and drink). Add the cinnamon sticks, garlic and salt. Add a little bit of water, not so much that the meat is covered, but so the liquid is 1/2 to 3/4 to the top of the meat.

Cover and simmer on medium-low for 2 hours.

Uncover, take out meat, pull apart with forks and fry in a dry pan (plenty o' fat on that ol' pork butt, but you could add oil if you wanted. I would certainly not judge you) until crispy.

Put on top of 2 small warmed corn tortillas, add chopped white onion, cilantro, cabbage and homemade salsa (recipe to follow if you're into that sorta thing and holy moly it's so good you SHOULD be into that sorta thing). Serve some lime wedges and sliced radishes on the side.


And then go get seconds and thirds, or if you're Geoff, get 6ths.

You won't believe how good it is.


Anonymous said...

Hi. Thanks for posting this recipe. I was looking all over for it. I saw Guy Fieri's show last night, and in the video the woman making the carnitas says "condensed milk" as in "evaporated milk" and when she pours it, it's thin, not thick as if it were sweetened condensed milk, which is what you have in your version of the recipe. I'm not sure if you've made this recipe with sweetened condensed milk, but that stuff is SO sweet that I think it would ruin it. Hopefully I'm saving you (and anyone else who might get the recipe from your blog) from wasting a batch of carnitas. :)

Here's a link to a video of the show. The carnitas part starts at about 2:00. You can hear that she says "condensed milk" and see that it is much thinner than sweetened condensed milk.


Meghan said...

I know she says "condensed milk" -- I watched the show repeatedly to see what she said and how much she put in. I made it with sweetened condensed and it turned out really good (surprisingly). Next time, I may try it with evaporated milk, but the way I made it -- as recipe is posted -- turned out really well! I know it doesn't make sense, but it worked!

Unknown said...

For Bakersfield residents that are too lazy to make their own salsa, the Taco Loco dive on White and Stine sells their salsa in little jars. They just take an empty jar and pour salsa into it from a plastic pitcher and hand it to you. It's spicy and incredible, I always have some in the fridge.

Anonymous said...

Made this the other night for Cinco De Mayo and the recipe worked out perfectly. I used the condensed milk and instead of using soda I added Malta. It was delicious. Thanks for posting this recipe.

mplsgrl said...

Thank you for posting this I was looking all over. Wish me luck.

mplsgrl said...

Thanks for posting

Unknown said...

Thank you for posting, I saw this on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and I couldn't find it on the Food Network website..