Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

The easiest carnitas you will ever make right in the crockpot, cooked low and slow for the most amazing fall-apart tender pork goodness!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas - The easiest carnitas you will ever make in the crockpot, cooked low and slow for the most amazing fall-apart tender goodness!

Have you joined The Walking Dead fan club yet? The season premier is on Sunday night and they’ve been playing every single episode from start to finish on AMC for this premier. And even though I’ve already watched all the episodes, I’m still hooked.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas - The easiest carnitas you will ever make in the crockpot, cooked low and slow for the most amazing fall-apart tender goodness!

There’s just something about creepy zombies that leaves you in front of the tv. That and Norman Reedus, his poncho, and his bow and arrow. But I digress. Zombies or not, it’s officially fall and the slow cooker is being put to very good use in these epic carnitas. After all, you can’t go wrong when you let this baby cook in all its glory for 8 hours.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas - The easiest carnitas you will ever make in the crockpot, cooked low and slow for the most amazing fall-apart tender goodness!

You can even prep everything the night before and put it in the slow cooker right before leaving for work. And when you get home, you’ll have the most tender, most juicy pulled pork ever. Although I highly recommend finishing this under the broiler, letting these babies get nicely caramelized.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas - The easiest carnitas you will ever make in the crockpot, cooked low and slow for the most amazing fall-apart tender goodness!

I should also mention that this recipe creates enough to feed an army so be prepared to have tacos, quesadillas and burritos all week long!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 8 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time 8 hours, 40 minutes

Yield 8 servings

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

The easiest carnitas you will ever make right in the crockpot, cooked low and slow for the most amazing fall-apart tender pork goodness!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 pound pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Season pork shoulder with spice mixture, rubbing in thoroughly on all sides.
  • Place garlic, onions, orange juice, lime juice and seasoned pork shoulder into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  • Remove pork shoulder from the slow cooker and shred the meat before returning to the pot with the juices; season with salt and pepper, to taste, if needed. Cover and keep warm for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to broil. Place carnitas onto a baking sheet and broil until crisp and crusted, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from Closet Cooking

http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/10/slow-cooker-pork-carnitas/