Fresh Recipe: Slow Cooker Carnitas

Have a Slow Cooker Carnitas taco for supper

Have a Slow Cooker Carnitas taco for supper

In honor of the opening of the new Harvest Moon Grille farm-to-table restaurant at The Dunhill, I’m sharing my Slow Cooker Carnitas recipe. This is one of Charlotte Fresh’s best “set it and forget it” deals and one of Hubby’s favorite meals.  (Hey, that rhymes.)  You’ll spend about five minutes on prep, set the slow cooker to “on,” and wait eight hours. That’s it!  Yummy carnitas for supper.    Get out to the farmers’ markets or visit Hillbilly Produce Market for some Grateful Growers Farm pork shoulder to make carnitas this weekend.  If you’d like to have homemade tortillas with your carnitas, try this easy recipe from another blog.


Fresh Recipe: Slow Cooker Carnitas

Serves 6-8

  • 2 1/2 to 3 lb. pork shoulder
  • 1/2 C white wine
  • 1 fresh chili pepper, broken in half
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 Tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves, depending on size
  • salt & pepper to taste (be liberal with it)

Place the pork shoulder in the crock pot. Pour white wine into the crock.  Add the chili pepper to the wine.  Add the remaining ingredients to the top of the pork.

A lovely pork shoulder from Grateful Growers Farm - 2.9 lbs

A lovely pork shoulder from Grateful Growers Farm - 2.9 lbs

Set it and forget it...

Set it and forget it...

Set the slow cooker according to manufacturer’s instructions and cook for about 8 hours or until pork shreds easily with a fork.  (I use the high setting for 1-2 hours and then the low setting for the remainder of the time.)

Yum...looking good!

Yum...looking good!

A little fork action to shred it up

A little fork action to shred it up

Shred the pork, removing the bone and any excess fat.  Serve the carnitas in warm flour tortillas with your choice of toppings.

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4 Responses to Fresh Recipe: Slow Cooker Carnitas

  1. Krista Sigmon says:

    I have my pork shoulder in the crockpot right now and I swear, my house has never smelled so delicious. My mouth is watering! I can smell it in the garage when I get out of the car. I cannot wait for dinner. If you want to impress guests, greet them with this smell. Pick up your local pork shoulder ASAP!!!

  2. Faith Glaser says:

    What does one serve in and with carnitas?

    • Salsa or pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, rice and cooked black beans are all good additions for your carnitas when served in tortillas. Or, you could go tortilla-less and serve it up as a layered carnitas “salad” in a bowl. I have also used the leftover carnitas meat and added barbecue sauce to make easy pulled pork sandwiches. A nice side salad would round out your meal. Have fun with carnitas – they’re versatile.

  3. thank you for all that information very nice article

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