Easy Crockpot Carnitas



I love pork.

Vegetarianism is obviously not in the stars for me because I would die before giving up sausage, bacon, and carnitas.

One thing that I really like about the Philippines is that they know and love pork. Lots of pork. Pork adobo, lechon, chicharones, and humba. They even have weird things like delicious pork belly.

And they even have non-weird things like the sweetest babies ever.


You guys? Can I ask you something not related to the world’s cutest baby?

Are you nervous about me making pork belly?

Because I was thinking of doing a Filipino pork belly recipe but I don’t want to scare you guys away with my pork love and a weirdo type of meat. It’s totally weirdo, but I promise, it’s so good.

But now we need to focus. Fooooocus.

Focus on the task at hand which is putting your feet up and letting this make itself.


4.9 from 42 reviews
Easy Crockpot Carnitas
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Serves: 10-12
  • 4-5 lbs. pork shoulder
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 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 chipotle hot sauce (optional)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 12 ounces beer
  • ½ cup salsa (I like to use a less chunky one)
  1. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker. Roughly chop the garlic and place in the slow cooker (I actually kind of rubbed it onto the meat to get as much garlic flavor as possible, but you could just toss it in, too).
  2. Sprinkle the meat with salt, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, and cayenne. Rub seasonings onto the pork.
  3. Add lime juice, orange juice, beer, and salsa. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Shred meat with two forks directly in the slow cooker (or take out, shred, and replace in sauce). It should fall apart easily.
  5. Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the shredded meat on the cooking sheet and pour a few spoonfuls of sauce over the top. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until you get browned edges on the pork.
  6. Serve on tortillas with fresh cilantro, avocado, and lime juice.

Leftovers? YOU CRAZY. Of course I planned for the leftovers, and it’s seriously.so.good and it’s coming on Friday.

{Update: this is what I did with the leftovers – Carnitas Tamale Pie!}

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  1. Oh how I love carnitas! And sweet babies. And pork belly doesn’t scare me either!

  2. This looks amazing! I love carnitas. And the spices here look like a nice combination! When I make them I don’t even bother eating them with anything. No tortillas or anything like that. Just a big ol’ plate of meat.

    And I had no idea that pork belly wasn’t a mainstream cut of pork. So no, I don’t mind. :)

  3. Yum. I have a pork shoulder in the freezer right now that I wanted to do something different with, and thanks to you it looks like I found it! Carnitas! Wonderful! Oh, and about the pork belly, I am willing to try anything at least twice, so go for it. Hopefully, I am able to get my hands on one.

  4. I’ve been considering giving carnitas a shot, and these pictures have definitely made my decision for me. And I’m even more excited about pork belly. I would LOVE to know something fantastic to do with it. :)

  5. Is pork belly considered weird then? It’s probably the cut of pork that most often appears on restaurant menus here (& it’s amazing) so I’m all for it.

  6. I don’t know which I want to chew on first – the pork or the baby cheeks!

    You can share the pork belly recipe, but I will in no way partake. Pork belly? No. :)

  7. I want pork belly! And I want A pork belly.

    All of it. Rawt ner.

  8. Yum!!!!! So easy too. Can’t wait to try

  9. Oh yum!! This looks like a crock pot recipe my husband will actually like:-) Will be making…thanks!

    • We had this tonight! Yum! The meat was a bit salty for us (and I’m down with salt!) but otherwise delish. Can’t wait to try it again, maybe with 2 tsp. of salt this time. I did substitute chicken broth for the beer….which probably explains the saltiness;-)

  10. Is there a substitute for the beer?

  11. Yes a million times over. Carnitas are the best. PS – I love pork too!

  12. Totally making this. And bring on the pork belly!
    I’ve been eyeing it up at the Korean Market (and Whole Foods).

  13. I made something so similar in my crockpot yesterday but with chicken. You have to love throwing it all in and walking away.

    You’re not weird at all. I could NEVER give up meat!

  14. What a wonderful picture of a delicious looking dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. Sharing your love of pork!! Can we a “hug” button for the baby????

  16. I’m so excited to try this since I too love Carnitas and the ones that I made last week were SO DRY! I love the chance to redeem myself with my family:)) Question though….What is the purpose of broiling/browning the meat before serving?

    • It just gives it that nice brown crispy look on the edges. I think it tastes good that way, kind of browned a little bit. Otherwise, to me, it’s too mushy or something. I mean, it’s still good, I just like the color/texture that it gives.

  17. this dish looks very much like my pulled pork,everyonee loves it . Im game to try pork belly ,if its greasy fry it out good,give me the recipe .

  18. Thomas Keller cured me of pork belly fear. I think it is just the name. They really should find another name for it.

    Yummy recipe. Not to take away from your previous post, but this recipe is the best thing you have done.

    Oh my gosh, the babies. Over the top cuteness.

  19. This looks so good! I cannot wait to try it!

  20. I love the baby picture, the recipe, and the fact that this post is so “you” that I can practically hear you right through the screen. But, most of all, I love the twinkly-eyed moments during the day when your alumni sweetly call me Mrs. Ostrom, then sheepishly look away. You are still present at Edgerton, Lindsay, and we are eagerly awaiting your return.
    P.s. I have a new obsession with roasted chickpeas. If you haven’t tried them, it’s an absolute must!

  21. Pork belly is the best thing ever and by the looks of it, so are these carnitas!

  22. I’m definately a meat eater. Bring on the pork! Pork belly sure does sound weird but if you say it’s pretty good…I guess I can give it a try.

  23. lovely! hmmm did you use your rice cooker for this?

  24. OMG! Salivating looking at that recipe and it’s still kind of morning here. Am at home from work with a sick child otherwise would be off to the market to buy me some pork! Oh and I love pork belly too so yes please share a recipe! love the crunchy skin and then the under-layers that just melt in your mouth! Living in Italy, we can’t ever find this here so I always indulge when I go back home to Australia!

  25. Majorie Sander says:

    Learn something new everyday… Step #5.. browning under the broiler. Never thought about that. Great way to add additional edge to meat in crock pot!

  26. I love pulled pork and this recipe sounds so good…love the cilantro on top. I can’t wait to see your recipe on pork belly – I’ve never cooked with it. But love seeing what they make on Top Chef with it!

  27. I miss all the pork dishes in the Philippines! Since you are in Cebu, I hope you get to try Cebu lechon (whole roasted pig) soon – it is definitely the best in the country! The carnitas look great, too and I kinda want them for breakfast now…

  28. Um, I need to eat these RIGHT NOW. They look SO GOOD! Printed the recipe. :) Love the idea of these being ready for me when I come home from work. Love you, Linds!

  29. I love that this can be made in the slow cooker! And yes, that really is the most cutest baby ever!

  30. I mean…pork belly is like bacon, soo…bring it on. :) This recipe looks so delicious. I am also a big lover of the pork- to think that I was a vegetarian and gave it up for multiple years makes me shudder.

  31. I love Pork, and I love this recipe! I am in the middle of a challenge to cut out artificial flavors, preservatives and added ingredients that aren’t healthy~I’m on day 5 and have been looking for easy crock pot recipes…I CAN HAVE THIS! I’ll make whole wheat tortillas and fresh tomatillo salsa to go along with it! Thank you for posting this!

  32. the recipe looks so comforting and your pic is great. thx.

  33. Hi, the carnitas look great! I can’t wait to try them. Living in Australia I have never tried them! Pork belly however I know far too well & I love! Please show us your Filipino version!

  34. I wanted to stop by to let you know that I featured this on my site today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post. Stop by and see!

  35. Yes, we do love pork and know how to work with it! I actually love pork belly…it’s a wonderful cut to cook. The layers of fat ensure that the meat remains moist while cooking and doesn’t dry out like, say, a loin would. We can it ‘liempo’ (lee-yem-poh) :)


  36. Ok… just got finished eating the carnitas! Super easy to make and oh so delicious!!!
    Thanks for the knowledge!!

  37. What’s the portion size? Would be great if you started adding that to your recipes.

  38. This looks DEE-LISH! as does everything else on your blog! I cam across your sweet potato skins on Pinterest and I’m making them tonight. I’m very excited :)

    Your blog is fabulous! I’m passing “you” along to all of my foody friends :)


  39. Madonna Sulit Rheingans says:

    If you haven’t done the pork belly recipe, please do it!! I’m filipino-american, & I know that Filipinos know how to do pork belly right & so deliciously. Can you say Lechon Kawali?? And I LOVE your blog & your respect & embrace of the Philippines’ vibrant culture & food! Kudos!!

    • Thanks Madonna! I am still working on getting up the courage to give it a try… this week I made pancit for the first time and I was eating it straight from the pan. So good!

  40. I just put all the ingredients together and its cooking in the crockpot! Thanks for the recipe!

  41. Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

  42. Oh my goodness, my friend! You deserve kudos for this one! Made it for dinner tonight and EVERYONE loved it! Thanks!!

  43. Looks super yummy!!! I’ve been cooking BBQ pork in the slow cooker for awhile now, I’ve been looking for a good carnitas recipe

  44. Just made this tonight and it was yummy! We used a beef roast since we didn’t have pork on hand (we’ll have to try it next time with pork though). So tasty!

  45. Hehe. You said humba. :) That makes me really happy.

    PS. My cousin say pork belly is the same piggy part as streaky bacon or pancetta, except without the curing. So, if you get scared, just think streaky bacon. Good luck!

  46. Excellent! I replaced the beer with sparkling apple cider – sooooo good!

  47. what type of salsa? What brand? Thanks :)

    • Just mild or medium tomato salsa! And it can be any type or brand you like! I honestly don’t even remember what brand I used. Nothing fancy, that’s for sure. :)

  48. I have made carnitas a few times but they were always good… Not great. I just made these for dinner and they were the best carnitas we have ever had! AMAZING! Thank you!

  49. Nellie Allen says:

    This looks great! What type of beer did you use? Light? Dark?

  50. Bacon is cured pork belly. How weird.

  51. I made these just this morning! Thank you for the recipe.

  52. Made this tonight, found it on Pinterest, Pork Carnitas are great my picky daughter loved them.:)

  53. was all prepped to make these for tonight and now we are going to the in-laws for dinner. So, it will be marinating all day/night and going into the slow cooker tomorrow morning. Hope this doesn’t affect it adversely – though I can’t imagine it would. Can’t wait to try!

  54. Kristin Rios says:

    I made this last night for a Christmas celebration with friends and it was crazy good!!! I followed the recipe exactly and used amber beer (Full Sail Amber).

    It has made it to the top of my “what to cook when friends come over”. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of carnitas in our future.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  55. This looks amazing. Is there any certain beer that works best with this recipe?

  56. Does it make a difference if the pork shoulder is boneless or bone-in?

  57. I would love the pork belly recipe. Bring it on!

  58. I made these tonight it was absolutely delicious! Thank you for the recipe I will be making these again! That baby is precious!

  59. I’ve got all of the ingredients in the house to make this tomorrow and I can’t wait. Just a quick question though, I’ve never made Carnitas before, do you remove the skin from the meat for this recipe?

    Sharon :-)

    • I didn’t do anything to my meat before cooking it, but I guess I’m not sure if mine had skin. Just lots of marbled meat/fat, like a pot roast.

      • Thanks for responding :-)

        I thought looking at your pictures it must be without skin so I just took it off and was left with the meat and a bit of marbled fat. It’s been in the slow cooker for 6 hours now, can’t wait to try it when it’s ready!

  60. These came out wonderfully. Thanks so much for this recipe.

    I have family members with some unusual food sensitivities, so I subbed in pineapple juice for OJ, and instead of salsa used mild green chile enchilada sauce by Old El Paso – it is tomato free.

    So tender, and the finish in the broiler was just the right touch.

  61. As someone who worked in a pork processing plant for 5 yrs. most all of you have already eaten pork belly, only when you eat it, its been cured in salt, or brine and smocked….or as common people call it….BACON. Thats right folks, in the US the most common cut of meat used for making bacon….is the pork belly.

  62. I’m trying this carnitas recipe today. It’s in the crockpot as I’m here at work. The prep smelled good by itself. I can’t wait to get home this afternoon to smell it!

  63. I love carnitas, but I’d never managed to pull them off. Either they were dry or the flavor wasn’t right, but this recipe really worked well for me. Made this a few weeks ago for my family and everyone loved it so much that they’ve asked for it again, and I’ve got some picky eaters. It was juicy and tender, plus the broiling gave it a nice roasty texture. I used Corona for the beer. I mean, you already drink it with lime, right? I didn’t have chipotle paste, so I substituted a bit of Sriracha. It worked out well. The one thing I noted, though, is that my roast was done 2 hours earlier than expecte, buy I guess that could just be that my crockpot runs a little hotter than it ought.

  64. I’ve read pork shoulder/butt is best for carnitas, but I have pork tenderloin – could I use the loin for this recipe and just maybe cut down on cooking time?

    • Part of what makes this great (with the other cut of meat) is all the … fat… and I think pork tenderloin has quite a bit less fat, but give a go and let me know how it turns out! It would be awesome to have a healthier version of this! :)

  65. This recipe is delicious! This is the first time I used my crock pot and I did this recipe (halved everything since I only used 2 lbs of pork shoulder). The only thing I changed was that I rubbed some diced jalapenos along with the garlic (I love spicy food!)
    The browning of the meat after its done with the crockpot is essential (especially if you want it to look like the picture! The dish tasted fabulous. I ate it with tortillas with some cilantro on top. Some of my friends just ate the meat with nothing else.

    Delicous! Will make again :)

  66. Can I set it at high for half the time?

  67. Pork belly isn’t weird!!! A huge un-sliced portion of bacon is always a good thing!!! Plus, pretty much all types of pork are amazing!!

  68. I made this and it was fantastic! I am posting it today and linking back to you – thanks for sharing this easy slow cooker recipe!

  69. O.M.G!!! This is a perfect recipe! I’ve been meaning to make this for months and kept forgetting. While digging around in the freezer, I found the pork shoulder and remembered the recipe. Busy week this week, so I thought I would have some good leftovers to stretch through a couple of nights. My husband (Mexican-American) LOVED this and cannot stop raving – and he’s very particular about his carnitas. We had almost no leftovers! The broiling part was pure genius! Why have I never thought of this with crockpot meat??
    Thank you! I will share on my blog (CookingRipe.com)

  70. I make this waaaaayyyyy too often. Well, not often enough if you ask me but more than a normal person would….. Maybe. It’s soooooo good! I love it in taco shells, tortillas, bread…. Plain, straight up with a fork in hand. Delish!

  71. We made this tonight and with a few small substitutions with spices it came out AMAZING! Love me some pork; Love my crock pot … A match made in heaven!
    P.S. I read somewhere to use the paddles on a Kitchen Aid stand mixer to shred meat. I don’t have one so I just put all the meat in a big bowl and used a regular hand mixer. In less than 30 seconds all the meat was shredded!

  72. For those who are not sure, porkbellies are the “bacon” (think abs if they did crunches)part of the pork (without the salt brining and smoking necessary to turn the bellies into bacon). Lots of fatty meat, and lots of flavor.

  73. Found your recipe on Pinterest. Thought you were HILARIOUS and an entertaining writer so I thought I could trust you with something as precious as carnitas. Ummmm, I was right. These were THE BEST I’ve ever had. I’ve passed the recipe on to a friend who is Mexican and she agreed and also passed it on to several family members in California. I’m making it tomorrow night for a neighborhood block party and am hoping there are leftovers so I can make the tamale pie, but im guessing there wont be once my carnivorous neighbours get a whiff of this cooking. I followed your recipe exactly and see no reason for any changes. Bravo. I’m a new follower of your blog and applaud you for what you are doing in the Philippines.

  74. Just took this out of the crock pot and getting ready to put it in the broiler! The house smell fantastic! I can hardly wait to try it! I get way to excited when it comes to pork, lol!

  75. I can’t wait to make these for my man!!! It will be a couple of months because he’s on deployment right now but I can’t wait to see his face when he walks in the house and smells this! He’s Cuban and being fed by the Navy is killing him because it lacks daily pork, beans, and rice.

  76. My husband and I just finished eating this for dinner, and it was AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for posting it! I can’t wait to use the leftovers for something else.

  77. Made this for cinco de mayo…it was so yummy!! I could only find a bone-in pork shoulder and it worked great!!

  78. My family loves these. Even my picky 14 year old daughter. Simple to make and so very delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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  80. Rachel Caltabellotta says:

    Hi Lindsay, let me start by saying….the baby’s adorable!

    OK, just put everything together and now in the crockpot. I loved the combination of ingredients. I can hardly wait till it’s done. I will let you know how it came out and what the family reviews were! Fingers crossed!

  81. Rachel Caltabellotta says:


  82. what kind of beer would you recommend for this recipe?

    • Usually we use light, wheat-y beer, like Bud Light or Michelob Golden Light or even Grainbelt. The strongest flavored beer I think I’ve ever used was Blue Moon, but usually we go with something pretty mild. Definitely not dark beer.

  83. I can’t wait to try this! But I have a stupid question, why do you use beer? Is it safe to feed children? I always get migraines from beer so I am a little hesitant. What can I substitute for the beer? If I don’t use beer will it change the taste?


    • The alcohol cooks out when you leave it cooking all day, but you can definitely use something else. Vegetable or chicken broth, ginger ale, or something similar would be fine. :)

  84. Unbelievable — I added shredded cabbage to the tacos! Made the tamale pie too and I am hooked!!!

  85. I made this with a pork shoulder and it did not shred at all. What did I do wrong? I had to cut it off the bone and chop it.

    • Hmm, that’s not good. I have never made it with the bone attached. Is it possible to try it with boneless? That might help the shred-ability. But definitely pork shoulder is the cut that I use for this!

  86. I made this delicious recipe with a bone in shoulder today and it shred perfectly! I have used my broiler (inexperienced cooker) and it left the carnitas with a little crispyness on the edges! Put some in a quesadilla for my hubby and a Mack a taco salad for me! Thanks for this recipe!

  87. So excited to try this! Do you add the chipotle hot sauce with the lime juice, orange juice, beer, and salsa? Or is that what you spoon over the top before broiling?

  88. I have this in my crockpot right now! I didn’t have beer so I used a Sprite, hoping it comes out OK! I also used Sriracha. Will let you know! And I def want to make the leftovers in the tamale pie.

  89. When you say salsa, you mean salsa verde or tomato sauce? Thanks, I am mexican, but live in Italy, so I think I am making this soon!! I ve got all the ingredients =)

  90. These look tasty!! I’m thinking about making them for a meal swap that I’m in. Do you think that I can make it in the crock pot, freeze it, then have them thaw it and throw it under the broiler?

  91. Had these tonight for dinnerโ€ฆ they were delicious!!! Both my boyfriend and I loved them and will definitely be making them again!!

  92. This was the first recipe of yours that I tried and my family loves it! There are so many things you can do with the leftovers…my husband made some appetizers using crackers, pimento cheese, and the leftover pulled pork – yum!

  93. Loved this recipe.

  94. This recipe was absolutely delicious – my family and I enjoyed it very much. I did it exactly according to your recipe and wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you!

  95. I don’t very often post reviews but this was absolutely wonderful. The whole family enjoyed!! Definitely a keeper!! Thanks

  96. This dish looks amazing! I’m planning on making it for a Super Bowl party I’m having and I was wondering about swapping one ingredient for another. I don’t drink, but I don’t mind using alcohol when cooking because of the unique flavors it can impart in my food. My question is, can I use tequila in place of beer? I ask because I saw a similar recipe online that used 1/2 cup of tequila, but that recipe didn’t have any citrus in it, which was something I was looking for in the recipe. I don’t have any beer in the house, and would like to avoid having to buy some. Plus, I just happen to have some tequila that was left at my place after a party and I’ve been wanting to get rid of it somehow…this seems like that “somehow” I’ve been looking for. Either way I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  97. I tried this recipe today, but with chicken. I was in the kitchen finishing putting my plate together and took a bite of it. Immediately i said..mmmmm really loud. So loudly in fact, that my boyfriend thought I had hurt myself and yelled, “are you ok??” To which I replied, yes…just took a bite of the chicken…LOL!! Needless to say, we really liked it.

    **And to answer your question of cooking time above –> I cooked it on high for about 2.5 hours and then on low for about another 2.5 hours. Turned out great!! Thanks for posting!! :)

  98. I made this tonight and we loved it!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  99. We made this today. Oh my goodness, this is one of the best recipes we’ve ever made!

  100. I made this yesterday and it is the best thing I have ever made in my crock pot!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • yay! Thanks Tawni!

      • Hi again, I’m going to make this tonight but with about 9 lbs. Any suggestions? Just double the recipe or is there more to it? Thanks :)

        I keep telling everybody that this is the best thing I will ever make in my life, and have made it every time someone new comes over, so thank you!

  101. wendyb964 says:

    Thanks for reminding me to make this with a pork shoulder (butt? who can keep up with the changing nomenclature?) in the freezer. A quick sub for all the spices: one can of Herdez Salsa Casera (NOT the salsa in a jar, it’s about an 8oz can, very hot, but perfect for this) and 8-12 oz. beer, water, soda, or broth. Incredibly savory but not too-hot-to-eat spicy, great for burritos, tacos, enchiladas, over rice and beans, and freezes well.

  102. This has become a family favorite in our house! We have it at least once a month, sometimes more. We do “Chipotle at Home”, we have it over eggs with breakfast, and this time, I’m going to use your tamale pie with the left-overs! So excited!

  103. I made this today and I must say it was awesome!
    I don’t think it required the full 8 hours; I came home after about 7 hours cook time and the meat was literally falling apart. Then again, I did have the crock pot on low while I was adding all the seasonings and what not.

    I love the broiler method for browning the pork. I’ve followed other recipes that instruct you to fry the meat before-hand, but broiling it was easier and tasted better.
    My only question is, what do you do with the meat after broiling? Do you return it to the broth? Or just save the broth to make some stew or something?
    Personally I added about a cup to the broiled pork and saved the rest in another refrigerator dish.

    Also I agree with a previous commenter about too much salt. When I make this again I will use two tsp instead of a whole tablespoon.

    I love the chipotle flavor. For this I substituted a canned chipotle pepper for half of the chipotle hot sauce. I also added slightly more cinnamon.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  104. I have to say that I usually do not post comments….. BUT, this is seriously the BEST pork recipe I have found. My family loves it, and it’s always the recipe I pull out when having friends over. It seems a taco bar always pleases, and this is the exact meat I prepare because it comes together so easily. Thank you for sharing :)

  105. I do not usually post comments either, but this is a fantastic, fantastic recipe.

    I did not change a thing in the recipe except substituting some Gringo Bandito hot sauce for the chipotle.

    As a tip, we smoke quite a few spare ribs. Most rib smokers know that many times you have to cut off the chine bone and the extra meat flap from the ribs you buy from the market to make a St. Louis cut rack of ribs. This extra meat from 4 slabs of ribs, coupled with this exact recipe, makes wonderful Carnitas.

    Thanks so much!

  106. Britney B. says:

    I was wondering what kind of salsa you used. I don’t really like chunky. But I was just wondering what type or brand you used!

  107. Sandra Young says:

    This looks great can’t wait to try it! On the whole pork belly thing do the people realize that it is just uncured, unbrined bacon?

  108. Natalie Rivera says:

    What kind of pork shoulder? Because every time i go to the market they never have anything similar. its never just Pork shoulder on the label

  109. Oh. My. Carnitas!! I made this recipe as stated and it was to die for. With a family of three there were leftovers for days…. yay me! Delicious with fresh lime, cilantro, and avocado. I found myself eating leftover carnitas several times a day. Excited to make this again.

  110. Does this meal freeze well after being broiled? Looks delicious and would love to try it for our family camping trip this weekend!

  111. I’m glad I ran across this recipe. It was wonderful. I plan to use the leftovers to make the tamale pie as well. The recipe is excellent “as is”, so there is no need to change anything. Having said that, next time I will put less salt, but it was still excellent as is.

  112. Made this last night and it was amazing! It never made it to the oven because my family (including me) kept eating it right out of the crockpot as we tried to serve it! I’m looking forward to making again but in a giant portion for a large crowd. Thank you so much for sharing! Would you mind if I included a link to this recipe from my own site with my review of how great it was?

  113. Do I also add water or just the beer & others?

  114. Does cooking time differ if meat is frozen to start โ€“or would it still be the same?

    • No – you’ll need more time. I once made this with frozen meat for my friends who we invited for dinner, only to find that when I was expecting it to be done it was still hard and it wouldn’t shred (it wasn’t cooked through). We had to order a pizza. LOL – really annoying, funny, and embarrassing. So give it extra time or thaw your meat the night before.

  115. This recipe looks amazing & I really want to try it, but it’s just me and my boyfriend so would it work the same to just cut the recipe in half?

  116. Hi Lindsay,
    I’m excited to try this recipe! Quick question – The directions say to place the meat in the broiler and pour a few spoonfuls of “sauce” over the top – which sauce are you referring to? The sauce from the crockpot? Thanks in advance!

  117. I made these a few weeks ago with pork loin (the big cut of meat – not the tiny tenderloin) and it was great. Tonight I made again using pork shoulder and it wasn’t nearly as good. I don’t know if I just got a poor cut of meat (smelled fine raw), or maybe I just don’t like pork shoulder (alas, I’m not fond of pork belly). Anyway, pork loin works well here and it’s what I’ll be using in the future. Thanks for this recipe!

    • Interesting! I’ve never used pork loin but we always use pork shoulder or butt and as long as it cooks for long enough, it falls apart perfectly every time. I’m glad you could make it work though and maybe I’ll have to try pork loin next time!

  118. I made these last week and they were amazing! I have to thank you not only for the wonderful recipe, but for also helping me lose my fear of the broiler. I’m happy to report my edges were perfectly browned and no one was injured. :) I hope it’s OK that I’ve linked it back to my own blog. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  119. Amber Leigh says:

    This was really good, but of course there were a few issues I encountered. When I grabbed the pork for this, I was shopping with a friend (I’m a solo shopper normally) and didn’t notice the pork I grabbed had big thick bones in it, tons of fat, and was in two pieces. Oh well. Cooked just fine. Also I figured since I had it in the fridge, that I could just use a local, black, organic, lager. Big mistake. A mexican beer would have been so much better. Now I’ve learned that that beer is only good for drinking. And lastly, I discovered that in your tamale pie recipe, once baked the cinnamon in the carnitas becomes almost unbearable so next time I’ll completely omit it. That’s right, there’ll be a next time for sure. (I’ll also continue to use homemade salsa and next time get a less sugary orange juice)

  120. Great recipe. Flavorful and oh so easy for a busy family. Hubby loved it so definitely a keeper. Love your recipes. Keep them coming and happy holidays!!!!

  121. Anne Marie says:

    You try anything you want to. I love trying everything you put out there. I have yet to have a fail! I am curious about the pork belly. I wouldn’t know where to begin!

  122. My husband keeps making little yummy noises and says “Put this recipe in the keeper column!” He also told me to see what other recipes you have, Kudos, I’ve never seen him so excited for food before1 I subbed hard apple cider for the beer and it worked great.

  123. Ohh yum! I’m going to make this today!
    Fyi, no one should be afraid of pork belly, Americans eat it all the time, it’s called bacon! Plus carnitas is not only made with pork shoulder but also from pork butt, which isn’t actually the “butt” of a pig but it’s still a funny name.

  124. I found your crock pot braised beef ragu with polenta on a link from My Fitness Pal. Looks yummers can’t wait to make it! So, I’m a girl always looking for good crock pot recipes and I love, love, LOVE carnitas. But alas and alack, this is week 3 of my lose the “Holiday Weight” and I am Jones-ing for something other than soup and salads. So…if someone could tell me what the nutritional info is on this incredibly mouth watering Pot O’ Goodness I would be ever so grateful.

  125. Just tried your Carnitas recipe! The meat is VERY tasty – perfect combination of herb that created a great flavor. Quick question….the meat did not fall apart easily?? Is it the cut of meat? Any insight as to how to why that happened??

  126. I love, love, love this recipe! Thank you for sharing! Have you ever tried to freeze the leftovers? Just curious if you think that’s an option. Thanks!

  127. I love, love, LOVE this recipe and your food blog! Thank you for sharing! I was wondering…have you ever tried freezing the leftover pork? I was wondering if you think that is an option without compromising flavor. Thank you!

  128. Just made this last night. Wow. I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. I followed the recipe, didn’t add chipotle, left the carnitas in the crock pot for an additional 30 min.. and wow. My boyfriend was seriously impressed. The broiling made a huge difference in taste and made them even better. We made Mexico City street tacos and they tasted very authentic. Even better than some of the restaurants I’ve been to.

  129. About how many tacos does this make? I’m planning on making it for my sons birthday (along with some other meats) and just wondering about how many from one batch. Thank you!!

    • This recipe should serve about 10-12 adults.

      • Thanks for such a quick response Kristin! I was looking for more along the lines like 2-3 tacos a person? 1 taco a person?

        • I think it depends on how big your tacos are. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The recipe calls for 4-5 lbs of pork, so if you think 1/2 lb per person, you could serve 8-10 comfortably. (I would think 1/2 lb of pork could at least make 2 tacos, probably 3.)

    • Hey Alisha – I guess I usually think of 1/4 lb. meat per person, and since tacos are usually overflowing and can’t hold that much filling/meat anyways, I think 1/4 lb = 3 tacos = for a 4 lb. pork shoulder, enough for 16 3-taco servings. This is too much math! :) hahaha.

  130. Lauren says:

    This meat was DELICIOUS. I absolutely loved it and my husband is eating it at 7:30 in the morning he loves it so much :) Thank you! It’s a keeper!

  131. Jessica says:

    I made this last night for Memorial weekend! I made tacos with the meat, topped with cilantro, cheese, and guac. The meat came out awesome. However, I will omit the cinnamon next time. My husband loved it, but I thought the cinnamon gave it a weird taste.

  132. I made this today and it was great. I’m going to start putting all slow cooked meat under the broiler before I eat it going forward.

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