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Pork carnitas

27 Feb

I’ve always seen pork shoulder listed as an ingredient in recipes. I’ve always used pork loin instead. Every time I’ve walked past the pork shoulder in the grocery store it looked way too fatty! But this time I decided to give it a try. $.79 a lb why not? Well I’ve learned my lesson! I am not a pork shoulder fan! It did end up way too fatty for our liking. Threw more of it away than ate it! That was with trimming the fat before cooking. And trying to scoop out non-fat pieces. Never again. I’m sticking to pork loin from now on. The carnitas themselves were ok… Didn’t really taste too much besides pork šŸ™‚


pork carnitas
adapted from a year of slow cooking

The Ingredients.

2 pounds pork shoulder
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
7 cloves garlic (whole intact)
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 cup beef broth
corn tortillas

The Directions.

Use a 6 quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the salt and cumin. Rub mixture all over the pork, then plop into the slow cooker. Add whole garlic cloves. Squeeze on the citrus, and pour the beef broth evenly over the top.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the pork shreds quite easily with a fork. If your meat is still fully intact after 8 hours, remove and cut into chunks, then return to the crock and flip to high for about an hour or two.
Shred meat fully and serve on warmed corn tortillas with desired toppings.


Slow cooker pork carnitas

14 Aug

I had a pork loin and I wanted to throw it in the slow cooker, so i decided to try my bff’s carnitas recipe. It came out mucho delicious! I had mine like a taco salad, added on some tomatoes, cheese, onions, and guac! And served with some leftover refried beans! Will definitely make this again!

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Slow cooker pork carnitas
adapted from townmouseandcountrymouse

2-3 lb pork loin
1 can chicken broth
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 fresh cilantro, chopped
Ā½ teaspoon ground black pepper
juice of small orange
Juice of 1/2 one lemon
Juice of 1/2 one lime
Ā¼ teaspoon salt (to taste)


Throw everything in crock pot
Cover and cook on High for 4 to 6 hours or until most of water is reduced and a thick gravy like sauce forms.
Shred meat and serve on tostada, in tacos, burritos, salad.