Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Prepare: 15M
  • Cook: 6H
  • Total: 6H 15M
Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Diets

  • Gluten free
  • Paleo

Ingredients

  • Meat

    • 5 lb Pork shoulder
  • Produce

    • 4 cloves Garlic
    • 1 Jalapeno
    • 1 Onion
    • 1 tbsp Oregano, dried
  • Baking & Spices

    • 1 tsp Black pepper
    • 2 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Oils & Vinegars

    • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Nuts & Seeds

    • 2 tsp Cumin, ground
  • Drinks

    • 2 Oranges, juice only
  • Time
  • Prepare: 15M
  • Cook: 6H
  • Total: 6H 15M

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Description

Fast Prep, Big Flavours

{Recipe video below} Pan frying to get the golden brown crunchy bits after the pork is cooked and shredded is not optional! Broiling/grilling will not produce the same results as it dries it out and defeats the purpose of wonderfully moist slow cooked pork. My other must do step is to pour the juices in the slow cooker over the pulled pork - this adds so much flavour and makes it even juicier! This makes a lot of pulled pork - enough for 10 to 12 servings. Use the pork for tacos, nachos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas - the possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

  • 5 lb / 2.5 kg pork shoulder (pork butt), skinless, bone-in (4lb/2kg without bone) (Note 3)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded, chopped
  • 2½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 oranges, juice only (or sub with ¾ cup fresh orange juice)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  • Rinse and dry the pork shoulder, rub in salt and pepper.
  • Combine the rub ingredients then rub all over the pork.
  • Place the pork in a slow cooker (fat cap up), top with the onion, jalapeño, minced garlic (dont worry about spreading it) and squeeze over the juice of the orange.
  • Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 6 hours (or 1h 30 m in an electric pressure cooker on high. If using stovetop pressure cooker, please see notes).
  • The meat should be tender and falling off the bone. Remove from the slow cooker and let cool slightly. Then shred the pork using two forks.
  • Skim off the fat from the juices remaining in the slow cooker and discard the fat. Then if you are left with a lot more than 1½ to 2 cups of juice, then reduce it (either in the slow cooker on the sauté setting with the lid off, or in a saucepan). The liquid will be SALTY, it is the seasoning for the pork. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non stick pan over high heat. Place shredded pork into the pan, drizzle over some juices. Wait until the juices evaporate and the bottom side is golden brown and crusty. Turn and just briefly sear the other side - you dont want to make it brown all over because then its too crispy, need tender juicy bits.
  • Repeat in batches (takes me 4 batches) - dont crowd the pan.
  • Remove pork from skillet. Drizzle over more juices and serve immediately (if you are using defrosted carnitas, this is not applicable as the juices are already on the meat - see Note 4c).
  • If you are reheating the carnitas (Note 4), then flip and cook the other side briefly just to warm through. I really recommend only making one side crusty and leaving the other side juicy and moist.
  • Serves: 10 - 12
  • Prepare: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
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Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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The best pork carnitas recipe and the secret to perfect brown bits and incredible flavour! Make this in the slow cooker (crock pot or oven.

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Meat

    • 5 lb Pork shoulder
  • Produce

    • 4 cloves Garlic
    • 1 Jalapeno
    • 1 Onion
    • 1 tbsp Oregano, dried
  • Baking & Spices

    • 1 tsp Black pepper
    • 2 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Oils & Vinegars

    • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Nuts & Seeds

    • 2 tsp Cumin, ground
  • Drinks

    • 2 Oranges, juice only

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Pork Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The best pork carnitas recipe and the secret to perfect brown bits and incredible flavour! Make this in the slow cooker (crock pot or oven.