Top-ranked recipe named "Slow Cooker Carnitas (Pulled Pork)"
Carnitas are a famous dish with origins in Michoacan, Mexico. This is traditionally prepared using boston butt, or an upper shoulder of pork and then slowly cooked for several hours, and sometimes then shredded and finished off in the oven, depending upon the recipe being used.
This makes a great filling for tamales, enchiladas, tacos and burritos. It can topped with sour cream, tomatoes, beans and lettuce. It can also be served with just the pork meat on a plate with some bread. This filling is also great combined with your favorite barbecue sauce and served on buns.
"I have made this twice now the first time was with port chops the second with pork shoulder joint, the chops came out much better than the joint.
Overall this is a very nice recipe, it turns a very dry meat into a more juicy one with a lovely herbal taste. well worth giving it a go
Try to use a pot which will allow less water to cover the joint, the joint needs to be covered to stop it drying out or cut the joint in half to lower the water level. I did not do the second roast to crisp up just served from slow roast with roast potatoes and veg"
Mix together Kosher salt, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon in a bowl.
Coat pork with the spice mixture and the minced garlic.
Place the bay leaves and cilantro in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top. Add orange peel.
Pour the chicken broth around the sides of the pork, being careful not to rinse off the spice mixture.
Cover and cook on "LOW" until the pork shreds easily with a fork, about 6-8 hours.
Turn the meat after it has cooked for 4 hours.
When the pork is tender, remove from slow cooker, and shred with two forks.
Return the shredded pork to the crock pot and cook an additional 30 minutes.
Use cooking liquid as needed to moisten the meat.
To make these more authentic, after shredding the meat into smaller chunks, spread it out in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and baked it in a 400 degree oven about 20 minutes, just long enough to crisp the exterior of the meat.
Carnitas means 'little meats' and is traditionally fried then braised. This recipe is made much easier using the slow cooker but the results are just as tasty.
Amataka1 2 weeks agoVery tasty, was expecting a richer flavor but great on corn tortillas and all the fixins...would definitely make them again!
jannie5 1 month agoWonderful, flavorful, quick to put together. I was out of garlic so subbed 1tsp garlic powder. Didn't have an orange so subbed a few drops of orange extract. I used only 1 tsp sea salt and found it to be on the salty side. I normally follow a recipe when making for the first time and then tweak it. I used my pressure cooker and set the timer for 90 minutes. After I removed the meat I added 1 chopped large onion and a can of chopped Ortega chillies. We made wet burritos!
hunnyb 1 month agoIt was OK. Didn't really enjoy the cinnamon. I believe I followed everything correctly. My mom really enjoyed them though. I served it with rice and beans and corn tortillas
Evelle 1 month ago
avelinaechavarria 1 month ago
avelinaechavarria 1 month agoOMG! This is soooo amazing! I unfortunately didn't have all the ingredients (spices) but I substituted & this was fantastic. Also, this was my first time making carnitas.... This was my first time using a crock pot. I love this & so does my family. I will definitely make this again.
17mom 6 months agoSuper yummy!!!!
hollyberries1121 6 months agoDelicious! I served it in corn tortillas and topped them with fresh cut cilantro and diced onion. Crowd pleaser, for sure!
SeattleNick 6 months agoGood. Good flavor and moist. Enjoyed a little better with BBQ.
mizchele 6 months agoAbsolutely delicious! If time is a concern, you can cook this in a pressure cooker for an hour.