Good things come to those who wait. Fire up the crockpot in the morning for some utterly delicious shredded pork come dinnertime.
For this crockpot paleo pork carnitas recipe I recommend pork shoulder (if you can find it) or butt. You may also see this meat referred to as Boston butt.
Look for a cut that has some marbling and a coarse grain. Don’t buy pale meat – it should be red-pink.
Pork shoulder benefits from the tincture of time. It has a tendency to be tough and a bit fatty, but it loosens up nicely after several hours of low heat in your slow cooker.
Surprise Ingredient: Orange Juice
I don’t have to convince you that sugar is lurking around every corner these days. That’s true of processed foods and many recipes you’ll find.
Carnitas can also benefit from a little sweetness, however many recipes call for cola or barbeque sauce to achieve this goal.
That’s not good for you or necessary. Instead, you can use orange juice to achieve that traditional taste.
Wrap it Up
Instead of serving your tasty tender pork on a tortilla, you’ll place it on cool, crisp lettuce. In addition to enjoying the taste of this satisfying meal, your house will be left with a lovely, spicy aroma for hours.