Carnitas | Pulled Pork in a Slow Cooker

When I first started to learn how to make pulled pork. It was putting it in a slow cooker. What can go wrong? It was slow and will definitely be tender. This recipe makes the most juicy and tender pulled pork. And there’s an extra step to turning it into a crispy carnitas recipe.

If you are going for a pulled pork dish then its great served on a sides that needs moisture and juice. This can be mash potatoes, cauliflower rice, or by itself like a stew. If you want it to be crispy carnitas then follow the last instruction in the recipe. It requires you to put the meat on a large pan without the juice and broil it for a few minutes until its golden crispy. Whichever your choices are, it will taste great!!!

Carnitas in a Slow Cooker

A juicy meaty main dish that goes with Paleo Tortillas
Course: Dinner


  • Slow Cooker


  • 6 lb Pork Shoulder Bone-in will give it more taste
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Pepper
  • 1 tsp Oregano Dried or Fresh
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Salsa
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 3/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Lemon (the juice)
  • 2 Limes (the juice)


  • Rinse pork roast, pat dry, and place in the slow cooker
  • Slice the garlic cloves in half and add to the slow cooker
  • Combine spices and rub all over all sides of the pork
  • Combine salsa, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, and chicken stock. Pour over the pork
  • Set the slow cooker to low and cook meat for 8-10 hours
  • When the meat is finished cooking, remove the roast to a cutting board
  • Discard the bone and shred the meat with two forks, removing large chunks of fat as you go
  • Skim the juices left in slow cooker with a slotted spoon to remove any large chunks of fat or pieces of garlic
  • Place the shredded meat back in the slow cooker with the juices. You can just shred the meat directly in the slow cooker which is another option
  • Preheat the broiler on your oven
  • Place the shredded meat on a foil-covered baking sheet with a raised edge
  • Place the meat under the broiler for 5-10 minutes, or until the top starts to brown and crispy
  • Serve hot with sides such as Paleo Tortillas garnish with onions and cilantro

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