Slow Cooker Carnitas

Carnitas remind me of my dad.  I am pretty sure its his favorite dinner.  I made this earlier in the week and my whole family LOVED it.  The flavor was absolutely wonderful!  This made a lot so what we didn’t eat, we just threw in the freezer for a yummy meal at a later date! 

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1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. crumbled dried oregano
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 (4 lb.) boneless pork shoulder roast
2 bay leaves
2 cups chicken broth

Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander and cinnamon in a bowl.  Coat pork with the spice mixture.  Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top.  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 10 hours.  Turn the meat after it has cooked 5 hours.  When the pork is tender, remove from slow cooker and shred with two forks.  Use cooking liquid as needed to moisten meat.


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  1. Artsy VaVa

    Thanks for this recipe. My husband always orders carnitas when we go out for Mexican. Just pinned it to my recipe board!

  2. Amy's Cooking Adventures

    This looks delicious -- I was just looking for a pork recipes for when my in-laws visit!

  3. Kathe

    Oh no! Mr. B's very favorite when we eat out is carnitas! Looks like I am going to have stea...borrow this recipe :)for sure! I'll let you know how he likes it :)

  4. Petites Merveilles

    This sounds really yummy! I'm going to have to add it to my list of recipes to try!

  5. Kim B.

    This looks sooo YUMMY!! Always on the look out for some good crock pot recipes so will definitely be making this :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Macaroni and Cheesecake

    I LOVE Carnitas!!! This sounds amazing!

  7. HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS

    Sounds delicious & super easy! Thanks for sharing; I pinned it on my crockpot recipes!

  8. Gallamore West

    Just clicked on this link and realized I just pinned your brownie batter cookies too! You make some delicious looking recipes... pinning this one too, and now I'm your newest follower!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West :)

  9. Theophanie

    Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap-up,

    This sounds delicious! I can't wait to print your other recipes. :)

    Theophanie of Our Jubilant Nest

  10. Anonymous

    So I just made these for dinner tonight after seeing them on Pinterest. I have never cooked pork shoulder before or had carnitas but I like to live dangerously so I gave it a whirl ;-) oh. My. Goodness. So stinkin' amazing! So moist and flavorful. I can't wait for lunch tomorrow for the leftovers. I wish I had a blog just so I could blog about the deliciousness that you've got goin' on overe here!
    Rose Graham

  11. Maggie

    I grew up eating Carnitas and ropa vieja.Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at a great crafting weekend!Maggie

  12. Adria

    Perfect for taco night at our house. Can't wait to try this next week!

  13. Bonne

    I did not have a pork I am trying this out with 2lbs of chicken breasts instead..I used a little less spice..since I didn't have 4lbs of meat...hoping it turns out yummy..smells great already after only 2 hours of cooking.

  14. Anonymous

    Can't wait to try this. You have some amazing recipes. Thanks.

  15. Suzanne

    These were great, a fantastic way to switch up my dinner menu. BE FOREWARNED LEFTOVERS ARE NOT THE BEST THE NEXT DAY! The pineapple turned bitter, and we found it to be a fresh food only menu item.

  16. Julie Coppernoll

    How do you serve carnita's?