Slow Cooker Carnitas II

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Carnitas means 'little meats' and is traditionally fried then braised. This recipe is made much easier using the slow cooker but the results are just as tasty. This makes a great filling for tamales, enchiladas, tacos and burritos. I tried many carnitas recipes before tweaking them to come up with this. It has a ton of flavor!

Modified from: Slow Cooker Carnitas

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  1. Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and cinnamon in a bowl. Coat pork with the spice mixture. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a slow cooker and place the pork on top. Squeeze orange around edges of pork and place wedges evenly around the edges. Lay onion ring slices on top. Pour the chicken broth around the sides of the pork, being careful not to rinse off the spice mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on Low until the pork shreds easily with a fork, about 10 hours. Turn the meat after it has cooked for 5 hours. When the pork is tender, remove from slow cooker, and shred with two forks. For extra flavor, put chunks in cast iron skillet and brown meat. Use cooking liquid as needed to moisten the meat.


Love the addition of the oranges. My husband loved this!