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Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas taste just like you slow roasted it in the oven,tender and juicy and is so easy to make.
Pork Carnitas

These Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas taste just like you slow roasted it in the oven, tender and juicy and is so easy to make.

Who doesn’t love taco’s???? I think that if I was stranded on a desert island and could only have one food choice for the rest of my life, I would probably choose tacos!

I don’t think that i’ve met a taco I didn’t like. Whether it be simple ground beef taco or grilled shrimp with mango salsa, it’s all good. I think that my most favorite of all, though, would have to be carnitas.

Pork Carnitas tacos on a platter

While working in my last kitchen job, I had the pleasure of learning from an amazing cook named Pedro. He showed me recipes that he learned from his Grandmother, for salsa, guacamole, chipotle chicken, refried beans and, my favorite, Carnitas.

He would cook the Carnitas in the oven, at a low temperature, overnight, resulting in the most tender and juicy carnitas ever! I have adapted the recipe to be made in the slow cooker. You’re gonna love these Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas!

Here’s how I made them:

Place chopped onion in slow cooker.

Sliced onion in a crockpot

Combine minced garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.

bowl of garlic and herbs rub for pork carnitas

Rub mixture all over roast to coat. place roast in slow cooker on top of onions

pork in a crockpot placed on sliced onions

Combine orange juice, cola and liquid smoke. Pour liquid over roast. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours.

all ingredients for pork carnitas in a crockpot ready to start cooking

After 5 hrs, break meat apart into chunks so that it is submerged in the cooking liquid. replace lid and continue cooking on for another hour or two.

fully cooked pork carnitas in a crockpot

Shred meat with fork. Serve with corn or flour tortillas and your favorite toppings. Enjoy! Don’t forget the margaritas!

Pork Carnitas tacos with creamy slaw and salsa
Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas taste just like you slow roasted it in the oven,tender and juicy and is so easy to make.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: Mexican, Pork, tacos, tortillas
Servings: 8
Calories: 314kcal
Author: angela@mealstreetkitchen

Ingredients

  • 5-5 1/2 pound bone-in pork shoulder blade roast
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3/4 cup cola made with real sugar Mexican coca cola or pepsi
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke

Instructions

  • PLACE CHOPPED ONION IN SLOW COOKER
  • COMBINE MINCED GARLIC, SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL.
  • RUB MIXTURE ALL OVER ROAST TO COAT. PLACE ROAST IN SLOW COOKER ON TOP OF ONIONS
  • COMBINE ORANGE JUICE, COLA AND LIQUID SMOKE. POUR LIQUID OVER ROAST. PLACE LID ON SLOW COOKER AND COOK ON HIGH FOR 5 HOURS.
  • AFTER 5 HRS, BREAK MEAT APART INTO CHUNKS SO THAT IT IS SUBMERGED IN THE COOKING LIQUID. REPLACE LID AND CONTINUE COOKING ON FOR ANOTHER HOUR OR TWO. SHRED MEAT WITH FORK. SERVE WITH CORN OR FLOUR TORTILLAS AND YOUR FAVORITE TOPPINGS. ENJOY! 

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1455mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg
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Pork Carnitas on a platter close up shot

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2 Comments

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  • PJ Thompson
    January 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I will have to share this with Max. He is so good at cooking pork and is the Master of the Slow Cooker. It looks and sounds amazing!

    Reply
    • angela@mealstreetkitchen
      January 31, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you! Let me know how it is? I would serve it on warm corn tortillas with a citrus and chile pepper slaw and creamy avocado. Divine!

      Reply
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