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Servings: 12

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Easy to make slow cooker pulled pork carnitas - tender pull apart pork that tastes amazing.
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  • 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


  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.
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition Information

Calories: 173, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 566mg, Potassium: 386mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 19g, Vitamin A: 30%, Vitamin C: 7.6%, Calcium: 26%, Iron: 1.6%