Slow Cooker Carnitas recipe that is muy bueno!
Reece has picked a really bad trait that apparently runs in my family. He gets it from my sister Melissa. She’s the only other person I know that does this. When he eats certain meat, he tucks it into his cheek. He’ll take bite after bite, chewing and then tucking away until he looks like a little chipmunk. Apparently chicken can be difficult to swallow…??? I don’t know. Meat and I have always gotten along. What cracks me up is this is exactly what my sister used to do (okay still does) when we were growing up.
Anyhoo, around these parts the meat has to be extra tender so my little darling can swallow it 🙂 One surefire way of getting that Reece-approved tenderness is with the slow cooker. Low and slow = tender. Which also means Reece eats his dinner. Which means mommy is happy. Yeah. That’s how we roll.
As our schedules continue to grow busier and busier I find myself using our slow cooker more and more frequently. I mean, really, nothing beats a home-cooked meal that is magically ready at the end of the day – am I right? Carnitas made in the slow cooker is one of those magical meals for our family. So tender and just dripping with flavor, slow cooker carnitas is good any night of the week!
I love serving carnitas up in some homemade tortillas -yum!
Make sure you get your rub on with this recipe – makes the meat super flavorful and yummy!
How do you like your Carnitas?
Slow Cooker Carnitas
- 4 lbs boneless pork shoulder roast
- 2 cups chicken broth or stock
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 cloves garlic smashed
For the rub
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- Cut pork into quarters.
- Combine ingredients for the rub and really rub it into the meat. All four pieces should be fully coated. Make sure to use all of the rub.
- Place pork into slow cooker and add bay leaves and garlic.
- Carefully pour chicken stock into the slow cooker without removing the rub from the pork.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until fork tender. Should be falling apart.
- Carefully remove the pork and shred with two forks.
- Add reserved juice as needed to shredded pork to gain desired level of moistness.
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