7UP Carnitas

The mild citrus in 7UP® lends itself perfectly to marinades, and this carnitas recipe is no exception. Enjoy wrapped in your favorite tortillas, on chips or a salad, or on its own.


  • 2 cups 7UP®
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 10 lb. pork shoulder

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Ready In: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Serving Size: 20 people


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cut 10 lb. of pork into four smaller pieces of 2-1/2 lb. each.
  • Rub spices all over the pork.
  • Place pork in pan with 7UP® and orange juice.
  • Cover meat and pan with foil; bake for 4 hours.
  • Pork shoulder is done when it can be shredded and is fork-tender.
  • Depending on the oven, up to one more hour of cooking may be needed.

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