How to Make Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas

As the weather gets colder many people are cooking hotter and heartier meals. Tis the season for slow-cooked delicacies like chili, beef stew, and a personal favorite; a slow cooked pork dish. This simple recipe can be transformed into many different meals, so it is really up to you how you want to eat it. This recipe does require the use of a crockpot, so if you do not already own one I would highly suggest the purchase. Happy cooking, and enjoy!

Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas

Slow-Cooked Pork Carnitas


  • 2.5 lbs pork shoulder roast (lean, all fat removed)
  • 6 cloves garlic, cut thin like toothpicks
  • dry adobo seasoning
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup 99% fat free chicken broth
  • 2-3 peppers of your choice marinated in adobo sauce


1. Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper. In a medium sauté pan on medium-high heat, cook pork until brown on all sides. Remove from direct heat to cool.

2. Using a steak knife, insert blade into pork, perforating small holes and insert garlic slivers you prepared earlier. Season pork generously with the cumin, dry adobo, and garlic powder.

3. Pour chicken broth in the crockpot, add bay leaves and assorted peppers. Place pork in crock pot and cover. Cook low for 8 hours.

4. After 8 hours, shred the pork using two forks and combine with the juices at the bottom of the crockpot. Remove bay leaves and most likely add more salt and cumin.

5. Cook another 15-30 minutes

6. Serve with a a few side dishes of your choice (mashed potatoes, rice, beans)

7. Enjoy!

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