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Pulled Pork with Cumin and Orange

Total Time
2 hr 30 min
20 min
2 hr 10 min
Inspired by carnitas but much healthier than the traditional preparation, this savoury pork is seasoned generously with orange, cumin and garlic. Irresistible in a taco!


Olive oil

2 tbsp(s)

Uncooked lean pork shoulder

2 pound(s), or butt, excess fat trimmed and discarded, cut into 1-in cubes

Kosher salt

1½ tsp(s)

Ground cumin

2 tsp(s)

Dried oregano

2 tsp(s)

Garlic clove(s)

3 clove(s), minced


1¼ cup(s)

Orange zest

1½ tbsp(s), finely grated (from 1 medium Navel orange)

Fresh orange juice

2½ tbsp(s), (from same Navel orange)

Uncooked scallion(s)

2 medium, or a small handful fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  2. Place oil in a large, heavy pot set over medium-high heat. Season pork all over with salt. Cook pork (working in batches if necessary depending on size of your pot) until browned all over, about 10 minutes total.
  3. Turn off heat; sprinkle pork with cumin, oregano and garlic. Pour water into pot; cover pot. Place pot in oven; cook, uncovering pot now and again to stir pork, until pork is incredibly tender, about 2 hours. Use tongs or 2 forks to shred pork.
  4. Add orange zest, orange juice and cilantro to pork; stir well to combine. Season to taste with salt and serve immediately.


Serving size: 1/2 c