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Slow Cooker Carnitas
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories per serving: 230 kcal
  • 3 1/2 lb boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 cup no salt added chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  1. Add onion, garlic and chicken broth to the bottom of a slow cooker.

  2. Rinse the pork shoulder and pat dry.  Rub with seasonings on all sides and place in slow cooker, fat side up.

  3. Squeeze orange and lime over top of pork shoulder.

  4. Slow cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the internal temperature reaches about 180-190 degrees (higher temp allows for collagen breakdown and makes it easy to pull apart).  Remove pork from slow cooker and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes on a cutting board.

  5. Pull the pork shoulder, removing any fat and remaining connective tissue.  Arrange on a foil lined baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes, then remove and turn the pulled pork.  Broil for another 5 minutes.  Repeat the process additional times for extra crispy carnitas.

Recipe Notes

I used a 3.78 lb boneless pork shoulder and weighed it out to be 745 grams (~1 lb 10 oz) after cooking and removing any remaining fat.  Each cut of pork shoulder will be slightly different and will impact the nutrition per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 355mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.