Happy Saturday everyone! Not so happy for me since I have a dentist appointment, and I so love going to the dentist. But you know what? I can still cook, even with my mouth frozen. I can even type my post on this little blog of mine.
Today’s recipe, my dear friends, is this delicious crockpot pork carnitas recipe. I have made pork carnitas in the oven before and now I wanted to try a crockpot version. Ever since I bought my crockpot I’ve really been enjoying trying different recipes. This recipe really is perfect for a crockpot, because you want the meat to cook slowly for a very long period of time.
I can’t decide which version of pork carnitas I love best, but I must tell you this pork is some delicious meat. There is so much flavor in this meat and the pork is so juicy and tender that if you’ve never tried pork carnitas you really must. This meat is so perfect for tacos, burritos, served over rice, the possibilities really are endless.
- 2 lb pork shoulder
- 1 large onion, sliced in big pieces
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 whole cinnamon stick
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 beer
- vegetable oil for searing the meat
- In a small bowl, mix all the spices together, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Cut the pork shoulder into large chunks. Rub the meat with the spice mix thoroughly, making sure each piece of meat is fully covered. In a large skillet or a dutch oven, heat some oil and sear the meat on all sides. Make sure you don't crowd the pan, it's best to do it in batches. You want to sear the meat until it has a nice brown color on it.
- Chop up the onion in big pieces and place it at the bottom of the crockpot, followed by the bay leaves and cinnamon stick.
- Add the meat on top of the onion in the crock pot, pour the beer and orange juice and cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours.
- After about 8 hours remove the meat from the crockpot with a slotted spoon and place it on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
- Take 2 forks and start shredding the meat into smaller pieces. Pour some of the leftover liquid over the meat.
- Place the meat under the broiler, for about 5 to 10 minutes, you should watch it though, each oven is different and you don't want to burn it. Take the meat out, flip it over the other side using a spatula and then place it under the broiler again for another 5 minutes or so. You want to make sure that it's nicely browned.
- Serve on tacos, burritos, tamales, sandwiches, etc.