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Monday, June 13, 2011

Slow Cooker Carnitas

I love my slow cooker.  Normally I use it when I will be away all day or too busy with other things to cook.  Woe to me, however, if I'm in the house while I'm using it and have to smell delicious cooking smells all day long.  I swear my stomach rumbles all day. Here is a new recipe I just tried, and it is very good.  It is shredded Mexican pork, which we used to make soft tacos.

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth (I used a bullion cube and water) 
Mix together spices in a bowl. Coat pork with the spice mixture. Place the bay leaf 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 7 hours. Turn the meat after it has cooked for 3 hours. When the pork is tender, remove from slow cooker, and shred with two forks. 
      Ok, here is how I changed the recipe, it isn't much.  I only had two pork shoulder steaks which were maybe a pound instead of the 2lb required in this recipe.  I still made it exactly the same, so when the pork was done I had loads of liquid.  I dumped everything into a saucepan, removing the bay leaf, and shredded the pork with two forks.  Then I put it on to boil and reduced the sauce down.  It only took 10-15 minutes on medium heat, and it left me with really succulent shredded pork, it was very good.

      We used the shredded pork to make soft tacos (because the tortillas I had in the freezer were too small for burritos).  To make the tacos we added shredded lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, salsa.  Then we had Mexican rice on the side.  Yum!

      Here is where I HOP:


      1. This looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by today!

        I also wanted you to know that I check out Lambert's blog and loved it. All the pictures of the lamb at his many travel destinations were too cute for words!

      2. That sounds excellent! I'll be back to try it out.

      3. That looks very good. I love slow cooker cooking as well. It makes my nights so much easier, especially with 4 boys who, between them, play football, hockey, baseball, soccer and basketball throughout the year. Thank you for posting. I am your newest follower.


      4. This looks so good! And I love my slow cooker too!!

      5. I love Carnitas. I always order them when we go to a Mexican Restaurant. Now I can make them myself. YAY!
        I'm hosting my first link party today Cast Party Wednesday and would love it if you came over and shared this tasty recipe with us.
        I hope to see you there!

      6. The shoulder steaks are a great substitute, thanks for sharing with the Hearth n Soul!

      7. You want to know something? I've never had Carnitas...guess that means I have to try out your recipe ASAP :D

      8. i love the slow cooker...i don't know why everyone thinks it is just for winter. it is the perfect way to cook in the hot summer months when turning on an oven is the last thing i want to do! your recipe looks delicious..thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

      9. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe with us. I hope you will come over tomorrow and share more of your delicious recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday.
        I hope to see you there!

      10. This looks awesome! I shared this recipe on my blog post Must Try Tuesday.

        Thanks for sharing!


      11. Looking back on my first party. Please come back over to Cast Party Wednesday and share any new recipes you might have. Thanks, I hope to see you there, ---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---


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