Monday, March 4, 2013

Slow Cooker Carnitas

I keep saying that I am not going to over schedule my kids.  They can each choose one thing they want to do and that will be enough.  Sweet Girl dances and Little Man takes karate (and for a short basketball season - he plays some basketball.) Yup - we feel over scheduled.  Sweet Girls dance class is actually 2 dance classes and Little Mans karate is 2 nights a week.  But they have fun and that's what matters right?  Needless to say when you are running around 4 night a week dinner suffers.  I try hard to remember to get my slow cooker set up for these days and that's where this great recipe comes in.  I was desperate for a new slow cooker recipe and decided to scan my "Slow Cooked" Pinterest board when this Crockpot Carnitas recipe from Pinch of Yum jumped out at me. I am so happy it did because it was so easy to make and the flavors were delicious.  My picky eater (Little Man) told me this dinner was better than pasta (that's huge!!!) and then proceeded to eat so many servings that I honestly lost count.  Needless to say this one is a definite repeater in our home now.  The only thing I did wrong was I did not add the optional hot sauce because I was a little worried about the kids.  Therefor I felt our carnitas were a bit sweet (maybe it was my Raspberry Chipotle Barbecue Salsa that did that - aha light bulb I just realized that.) Anyway I would definitely add it next time I don't think it will make it too spicy for the kids.  Thanks so much for this great slow cooker recipe Pinch of Yum!...enjoy!!

recipe from Pinch of Yum
pork shoulder (4-5 lbs)
5 garlic cloves (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

1 tablespoon of chipotle hot sauce (optional)
juices from  2 limes
½ cup orange juice
12 ounces beer
½ cup salsa

Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker.  Add the garlic to the pot.
Now sprinkle the meat with salt, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, and cayenne. Rub the seasonings into the pork.
Add the juice form the limes along with the orange juice, beer, and salsa. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Once its cooked, shred the meat with two forks directly in the slow cooker. It should fall apart easily.
Serve on tortillas with fresh cilantro, avocado, and lime juice.

Last year at this time I made  Southwestern Stuffed Peppers     

Two years ago I made Light Whole Wheat Bread  

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  1. Hey, as long as the kids are happy and they're doing these activities because they want to and not because you want to, then you're fine! What a great slowcooker meal!

  2. Please link up to my party here :)

  3. I am always looking for a new crock pot idea! Thank you so much for posting yours!! We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at Hope to see you there!!

  4. Just linked over from the Friday Food Frenzy. These look delicious. We had Carnitas for Super Bowl Sunday and it was so delicious. Love the ease of the crock pot, too. Heat and go! Yum!!

  5. Danielle,
    Your Slow Cooker Carnitas look wonderful and full of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. My kids are so young that there aren't a lot of activities yet - just dance for my daughter once a week. I can't even imagine how crazy life will be when they get older!! But I do love the slow cooker and this looks fantastic!


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