Crockpot Carnitas

Crockpot Carnitas

College football starts this weekend! I can’t wait to watch my ‘Noles go for another championship this year! This means it’s time to breakout the football food! And it’s Labor Day weekend, which for me, means it’s the start of fall even though I know it doesn’t technically start until later in September. Whatever!

And what’s better for a day of football than a big crockpot of carnitas?! This is a great recipe for a crowd and it doesn’t require much prep work at all which means you can spend more time with you friends and family and watch the game!

Crockpot Carnitas

I actually wasn’t really sure what I was doing when I put this recipe together, but the meat ended up being really tender and flavorful and the hubs most definitely approved. To crisp it up like traditional carnitas, I stuck the meat under the broiler after it was done cooking to let it crisp up as opposed to frying in oil. To serve them up, I recommend setting up a big taco bar with corn and flour tortillas and lots of good toppings! Oh and margaritas. Don’t forget the margaritas!

Crockpot Carnitas

Crockpot Carnitas

Ingredients:

  • ~ 5 lbs. pork shoulder (or pork butt)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teasoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or beer)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Directions:

  1. Place the pork into the slow cooker. In a bowl, whisk together the cumin, chili powder, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Rub the spice mixture on the pork. In another bowl, stir together the broth (or beer), juice, and the salsa. Pour the mixture around the pork. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
  2. Remove the cooked pork from the crockpot. Shred with a fork and place the meat on a baking sheet lined with foil. Discard fat. Place the shredded pork under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and serve with your favorite taco fixings! If you want the juice, use a mesh sieve to skim the top of the liquid in the crockpot to remove any solids. Pour into a bowl and serve alongside the meat.
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6 comments

  1. Haha when you don’t exactly know what your doing, it takes you wonderful places :D
    Like to this Carnita – yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Love carnitas!! But they can be annoying to make since I feel like you have to babysit them, love that you take all that out!

  3. I like this zesty, savoury and spicy at the same time! Flavour burst in a single wrap!!!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  4. I love making a big pot of carnitas to have on hand! This looks sooo good. Perfect for football season … or really anytime of the year :)

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