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20 lbs of cooked pork

foreverhungry Jul 19, 2013 01:45 PM

A freind is coming into town in a few weeks, and is looking for 20 pounds of cooked pork shoulder that she's going to use to make carnitas. She's asking for roasted pork. Yes, I understand that to make carnitas you should first fry or brown the pork, then roast/braise with seasonings. She's asking for "pulled pork to make carnitas". I'm just doing as I'm asked.

The question is, where can I get 20 pounds of roasted pork shoulder, that won't cost an arm and a leg (see what I did there)?

If I wasn't having 20 guests over the same day she's asking for it, I'd just make it myself for her, but I don't think I can swing the time to do it, unless I braise the 20 pounds a few days ahead of time, then figure out a way of keeping it cold without using up a significant amount of fridge space which I'm going to need.

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    docfood Jul 19, 2013 04:02 PM

    El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul on the West Bank, Ceaser Chavez, similar prices as Cinco de Mayo

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    1. re: docfood
      shoo bee doo Jul 19, 2013 04:31 PM

      +1 El Burrito Mercado. I love their carnita and I'm sure they would make enough for you to just pick up.

    2. ibew292 Jul 19, 2013 03:15 PM

      Cinco De Mayo Mercado 3733 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55409. I seem to remember that they have it. It was around $5 per #. I'm not sure how much spice it has but it had some.

      1. Db Cooper Jul 19, 2013 01:56 PM

        Otherwise call around to the usual suspects and price check it. Angus Meats in Maplewood usually seems to win for me. You could also check that program at the U on the St. Paul campus. I've never been, but here the prices are quite low.

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        1. re: Db Cooper
          foreverhungry Jul 19, 2013 03:02 PM

          Ah, sorry, maybe I wasn't clear in the original post, but the friend is looking for the meat already cooked. Would Costco, Angus, et al. have roasted shoulders?

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