I mean, wow. Check out that hunk of meat.
Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? I’m pretty sure I have not. Meet the oh so tender, perfectly braised, crispy on the edges pork carnitas.
It’s a glorious thing.
Not to mention that it takes about all of 5 minutes to rub up with some killer spices and into the crock pot it goes to bathe away to a braised perfection in freshly squeezed lime juice, orange juice, a little salsa, and a bottle of Corona.
All that’s left is for you to roll up some of that bad boy in a warm tortilla and top with cilantro and avocado.
Olé my friends, Olé.
- 4-5 lbs. pork shoulder
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- juice and zest of 2 limes
- ½ cup and zest of fresh orange juice
- 12 ounces beer
- ½ cup salsa (I used Frontera)
- Pat the pork shoulder dry and rub with garlic. Mix your spices together and rub into the pork.
- Add lime juice, orange juice, beer, and salsa to your crock pot and mix together. Add in your spiced pork, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Shred meat with two forks directly in the slow cooker (or take out, shred, and replace in sauce). It should fall apart easily.
- At this point it will be perfectly delicious. If you want that browned edges texture though simply preheat broiler and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the shredded meat on the cooking sheet and pour a few spoonfuls of sauce over the top. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until you get the desired effect.
- Serve on tortillas with fresh cilantro, avocado, and fresh lime juice.
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That sounds really good. I will have to try this sometime.
The meat eaters in my house would love this, I’ll have to share this with my husband 😉
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Oh my heavenly goodness, these sound delicious. There is just something about that pork that sounds moist and full of flavor
Thanks so much Shauna!
The picture looks amazing and the recipe sounds great! Definitely must try!
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Thanks so much Lisa!
Oh family would love this for dinner. I must try it soon.
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That does look so good. Perfect meal for the family.
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I’m definitely going to try out your mixture. I really like cooking pork in my crock pot.
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A whole bottle of beer? This will be cooked here soon. I can tell it comes out full of flavor. Will be a great choice for a casual dinner party.
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Can’t go wrong with a full bottle of beer, right? 😉
That is a pretty good looking chunk of meat! It looks yummy!
Braising is not something I do, but I want to change that. I need to get more adventurous with my cooking of proteins. I can saute or slow cook almost anything, and a parchment packet is my savior, but braising has always intimidated me! Maybe I’ll get brave before the winter is over…
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That’d be right up my hubby’s alley. And my older kids’ alley too! I do have me a house full of carnivores. 😉
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I am drooling! I so could have this on my Paleo diet too! Looks savory!
Great Recipe Courtney! I like the quality of the Pictures and the layout of the Blog
Thanks so much Lorane!
That sounds like something I would love to make. My kids love meat like this
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I love carnitas. The taste is so distinctive and just flavorful. I would love to try my hand at making this recipe!
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OMG. That looks delicious. I do a similar recipe but I hadn’t thought to add a squeeze of lime juice and cilantro. I’ll have to give that a go!
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All those spices sound fantastic! Thanks so much for linking this up at Best of the Weekend!
I notice beer in the ingredients. My sister swears by that stuff in some recipes. For instance, she cooks her boiled peanuts with beer. And while I admit they are tasty, I still think it’s weird to cook with beeer 🙂
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