Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

Easy to make slow cooker pulled pork carnitas – tender pull apart pork that tastes amazing.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

I know this is not a typical recipe, you’ll see on my blog, but I do make pulled pork from time to time. I just never shared my favorite way of preparing it on my blog. And I also have a couple of recipes coming pretty soon, where I use this pulled pork.

The great thing about this recipe- you can not get it wrong, it is so easy!

This recipe requires very minimal effort and if you have a slow cooker, you should definitely try it. Both my husband and I love pulled pork sandwiches and this is my go to recipe, when I decide to make some. You can add sauce to this pulled pork, but it also had a lot of flavor on its own. You can eat it as it is, or fry it until crispy in a skillet.

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Pulled Pork Carnitas

I like to use it for pulled pork rice/quinoa bowls, nachos, tacos or taco salads. I’ll be sharing a pulled pork quinoa bowl recipe with you pretty soon.

After cooking the pork, you will have a lot of juice left in the slow cooker. You can either use this as a base for a gravy or pour it over the pulled pork, in cake it gets too dry.

For the seasoning, I also like to use Adobo sauce and chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce, which enhances the flavor of the meat.

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Mexican Pulled Pork

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tender juicy easy slow cooker pulled pork carnitas
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 15 mins
 
Easy to make slow cooker pulled pork carnitas - tender pull apart pork that tastes amazing.
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12
Calories: 173 kcal
Author: Lyubomira from CookingLSL
Ingredients
  • 4 lb pork shoulder , excess fat trimmed
  • 1 small onion , quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock or water
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce , chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
To rub the meat:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine olive oil, ground cumin, oregano, salt and black pepper. Rub meat with this mixture.
  2. Place garlic, onions, Adobo sauce, chipotle pepper, orange juice, chicken stock (or water), bay leaf and lime juice in a slow cooker. Add meat and cover.
  3. Cook on high for 6 hours or on low for at least 8 hours. The meat should be falling apart. Take out of the slow cooker and shred using two forks. (You can freeze already cooked pulled pork in zip lock bags.) You can reserve some or the juices, left after cooking the meat and add them to it if it turns too dry.
To serve:
  1. Heat 1-2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet and add pulled pork. Cook until golden and crispy. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 566mg 24%
Potassium 386mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 9.2%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 8.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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