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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

I love spending hours in the kitchen. Trying new recipes with lots of steps. Then work, motherhood and the typical general daily chaos happened. In this new phase of life, I am all about recipes that can be prepared before or can be repurposed for different meals throughout the week. This meal fulfills both of those requirements. Here is how I am able to do any prep work in the kitchen during witching hour:

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

  • 3lbs pork shoulder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 large orange, juiced and rinds reserved
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup sprite

In a crockpot, pour in sprite and add all spices. Add orange and lime juice. Throw in orange peel and quartered onion. Nestle pork shoulder in the liquid. Cook on low for 8 hours or until falling apart when you try and shred with a fork. Remove from crockpot and pull apart with 2 forks, discarding any fat or bone. We used the pork for the following 5 different ways. I'm sure you could think of more though! Here is the majority of our time in between baby giggles and smiles:

 Pork Tacos

Grab some corn or flour tortillas and top with pork, lettuce, jalepenos, cilantro, avocados, lime, siracha, salsa, sour cream, whatever!

BBQ Salad

Memphis is obviously known for its barbecue. One of our favorite BBQ restaurants is the BBQ Shop. They have a massive salad piled high with their smoked pork. This is how we made our version:

  • Large head of iceberg lettuce or romaine 
  • 1 can of corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce to taste (I used Germantown Commissary-my absolute fav BBQ in Memphis)
  • Ranch dressing to taste
  • 1/2 cup colby jack cheese (more to taste)
  • 2 cups slow cooker pork (recipe above), chopped

Wash and dry lettuce, chop. Add lettuce, corn, tomatoes and cheese to large bowl. Top with pork and drizzle with ranch and BBQ sauce to taste.

BBQ Sliders

This is pretty self-explanatory. Just get some slider buns, and top with pork and whatever toppings you like! Sam loves slaw-I can't stand it. 

BBQ Pizza

  • pizza dough, homemade or for busy moms who are absent-minded to think ahead like me, pillsbury roll-out pizza dough
  • BBQ sauce, to taste
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded or torn
  • 1.5 cups slow cooker pork, chopped (see above recipe)
  • 1/4 cup banana peppers

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread out pizza dough. Top with BBQ sauce to taste-I don't like a saucy pizza so I probably only used 1/2 to 3/4 cup. Top with cheese, pork and banana peppers. Cook for 10-14 minutes or according to your dough recipe instructions.

Izzy is always fulfilling her nana-pup duties

Pork Nachos

  • Tortilla chips
  • 1.5 cup slow cooker pork, chopped
  • 1.5 cups shredded mexican cheese (more or less to taste)
  • BBQ sauce, to taste
  • Toppings-jalepenos, sour cream, queso, salsa, cilantro

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread chips in one layer on large, oven-safe plate or platter. Top with cheese and meat. Bake for 8-12 minutes. WATCH CLOSELY! You just want the cheese to be melty and the meat warm. Top with BBQ sauce and other toppings of choice.


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