These spicy orange beef carnitas are an easy one pot meal that makes tons of leftovers to eat throughout the week.
And the carnitas love lives on….
Guess what I found out?
My beloved carnitas recipe that I’ve made at least 10 times has a whole bunch of sugary corn syrup in those cans of Goya nectar. That’s some bs, isn’t it? I see the word “nectar” and I just assume fruit. Why would you need to add freakin’ corn syrup to fruit, Goya? Have you never eaten a pineapple on it’s own to realize it’s already sweet?! I’m literally restraining my fingers from typing a nice long rant against Monsanto and our government right now. It’s Friday, that kind of thing seems better suited for Mondays.
So I threw Goya out and got to work on my own rendition sans the life blood of America corn syrup.
And guess what?
I like it even better.
I added fresh orange zest and more spices to the dry rub, fresh orange and lime juice and some chili peppers for spice.
Good ‘ol chuck did it’s thing for 3 hours in the oven and came out just as tender with the perfect amount of reduced fruit juice to toss the caramelized pulled beef back into.
I got the same awesome sweetness to each bite but this time with a good bit of spice and heat and without the government subsidized crap.
Oops, I mean corn syrup.