Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe

  • 5-6 pound pork shoulder (also called Boston Butt)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 12-ounce bottle of dark beer or stout
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • ⅓ cup Midtown Olive Oil Serrano Honey Vinegar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
Serve with:
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • Quick & Easy Magic Green Sauce
  • fat-free sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • shredded red cabbage
  • sliced jalapeƱos
  • lime wedges

  1. Measure all the spices & garlic paste in a bowl (a). Mix all the spices together into a paste (b).
  2. Rinse the pork shoulder, then place it in the insert of a slow cooker. Spread the paste over the meat...do not worry if some falls off the meat. Pour in the beer, lime juice, orange juice &Serrano Honey Vinegar. This can be done a day ahead, if you desire.
  3. Slow cook the pork on low for 8 hours, turning once about halfway through, if you're home...if not, no worries...the pork shoulder will turn out just fine. After 8 hours, the meat will pull completely away from the bone.
  4. Using a really large slotted spoon, lift all the meat from the braising liquid. Place into a bowl & allow to cool for a few minutes. Shred the meat into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
  5. While the meat is cooling, reduce the braising liquid by at least half. Use a spatula to scrape the sides to keep all the delicious tidbits in the braising liquid.
  6. Transfer the shredded pork to the reduced braising liquid, stirring to coat the meat. Keep the meat on warm until ready to serve.
  7. When ready to serve, preheat your oven to 500˚. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread the shredded pork in a single layer, then pour the braising liquid over the meat.
  8. When the oven is ready, broil the meat for 5-8 minutes. Broiling will render the fat & make the meat deliciously crispy.
  9. Serve the pork carnitas with flour or corn tortillas, Quick & Easy Magic Green Sauce, fat-free sour cream or Greek yogurt, shredded red cabbage, sliced jalapeƱos & lime wedges...enjoy!

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