TIME TO GET THE CROCK POT OUT!

TIME TO GET THE CROCK POT OUT!

Sunday Slow Cooker: Carnitas

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I have tried to make carnitas multiple times in the crockpot and although they usually turn out pretty tasty, I always miss the crunchy bits that you find when you order carnitas out. However after doing some research on carnitas, I stumbled across an amazing trick. All it takes to add that crunchy texture is a quick trip to the oven before serving. Baked or broiled at a high temperature for just a few short minutes will create lots of texture and crispy bits that make these carnitas taste like the real thing.

Slow Cooker Carnitas
Servings: 8
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 224.9 calories, 7.7g of fat, 1.3g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 25.8g of protein * 6 P+

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs. pork shoulder,lean only, trimmed of fat
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1-2 diced chipotle peppers and 2 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 3/4 cup light beer or chicken broth
  • 1-2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Place it in the crockpot.
  2. Mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over the pork.
  3. Cook for 6-8 hours on low until the pork is fork tender and easily shreds.
  4. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Lay pork out in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet. Roast for 4-5 minutes until the edges become crispy and toasted.
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