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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Falling leaves and cooler temperatures means more meals made inside rather then outside these days. I’ve made this recipe now a few times and it is always delicious and easy to make.

Using the MyTime Slow Cooker I can adjust the cooking cycle based on when I want to eat and I really like that.

When I made this pork shoulder I started the crockpot at 10 pm for I wanted the meat finished cooking in the morning. Pork shoulder should be cooked 8-10 hours so it made sense to start it at night for me.

In the morning I shredded the pork and cooked it in the oven on high to get crispy brown edges. The pork carnitas can be used in tacos, burritos, carnita bowls , salads and more.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

This slow cooker pork carnita recipe is an easy dinner your family will love. Using the crockpot makes meals so much easier, just throw a bunch of stuff in the pot, plug it in, schedule your meal and walk away. You come home to a house that smells divine!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

You can shred the pork and eat it right out of the slow cooker but I love to add an extra step and cook it in the oven. You remove the pork shoulder, shred it and place 1/2 on a cookie sheet. Ladle a bit of the cooking liquid over the meat and cook it on a high heat to get the brown edges.

That’s my favorite part.

This is one fine meal and I can’t wait for you to try the recipe.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Here is the recipe.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas


  • 1.85 kg (4 lbs) Pork shoulder roast
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp chile powder
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp crushed peppercorns
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1 cup water


  • Brown the pork shoulder in a frying pan on all sides.
  • Browning brings out a lot of extra flavor in the pork.
  • Add pork shoulder to crockpot.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker.
  • Cook the pork shoulder 8-10 hours on low.
  • I decided to cook the pork shoulder overnight.
  • At 10 pm I set the MyTime slow cooker to meat, 2 lbs, half full and then adjusted the time to be done for 8 am.
  • In the morning I removed the pork shoulder and shredded it with a fork.
  • I added 1/2 the shredded pork to a cookie sheet.
  • Ladle some of the reserved liquid and onions over the pulled pork.
  • Add it to a 450 degree oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Toss and bake until the pork has browned edges about 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove crispy pork and repeat with remaining shredded pork.
  • Enjoy!
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