Smoked Pork Carnitas with Tropical Guacamole Recipe

Smoked Pork Carnitas is one of he best ways to prepare pork shoulder, butt or blade. The meat is tender and juicy inside and crispy on the edges. Paired with fresh guacamole is simply irresistible.


1 Pork roast (butt, shoulder or blade)

3 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp salt

2 Tsp ground black pepper

2 Tsp garlic powder

2 Tsp dry oregano

2 Tsp ground chipotle powder

2 Tsp ground cumin

2 Tsp ground coriander

3 Avocados

1 Lime - juiced

1 Medium tomato - diced

½ Pineapple - peeled and cored

2 Jalapeno peppers - cored and minced

12 Soft tortilla shells (or more) - flour or corn


Make the rub by mixing together the sugar and all the spices. Generously rub the spice mixture all over the pork roast.

Set the smoker to 225ºF using wood bisquettes of choice.

Smoke the pork roast until it reaches an internal temperature of 195ºF. This can take 14-18 hours, depending on the outside temperature.

Pull the pork into thin strips, discarding fat and bone.

Make the tropical guacamole by removing the flesh of the avocados and put it in a medium sized bowl. Mash with a fork or potato masher. Squeeze the lime juice and stir it into the mashed avocado. Stir in the diced tomato, pineapple and minced jalapeno pepper.

Make the carnitas by putting some pulled pork on a soft tortilla shell. Spoon some tropical guacamole on top.