Paleo Slow Cooker Carnitas

Paleo Slow Cooker Carnitas

I swear I have been meaning to do something with a pork shoulder for six months, and I just now got around to it. Seriously. And I really shouldn’t have waited – this super simple dish couldn’t have been easier, and it was delish to boot! I love that it makes a ton of super versatile meat – you can throw it onto romaine leaves for some gluten-free tacos, toss it into a frittata, or just chow it with some fresh avocado. Check out the recipe after the jump!

Paleo Slow Cooker Carnitas
Quantity: 8-10 servings
10 minute prep, 6 hours cooking (slow cooker)
Paleo Grade:
Vegetarian Adaptation:
Sorry, guys… this one’s pretty meat-centric!

  • 2.5 lb. boneless pork shoulder, some fat trimmed, and then cubed into 1.5″ pieces
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper (several twists)
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 3-4 dried bay leaves

Cubed pork shoulder ready for some spices

  1. Add the pork, minced garlic, oregano, cumin, vinegar, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker and stir to coat and distribute.

    Minced garlic

  2. Add the onion quarters and bay leaves, distributing throughout the pork mixture.

    Slower cooker goodness ready for the heat.

  3. Cover and cook on the “Low” setting of your slow cooker for six hours, stirring once during cooking if possible.
  4. Once the meat is all cooked (and deliciously tender!), use a slotted spoon to transfer the pork to a plate. Use two forks to shred the meat. All done!

    Slow-cooked pork ready for shredding.

    The final product... paleo slow cooker carnitas.

I served this with a few slices of fresh avocado and a squeeze of lime to give it some tang. Yum! Even better, I’ve got leftovers for days!

Some delicious carnitas with a couple of slices of avocado!

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9 Comments on “Paleo Slow Cooker Carnitas”

  1. Michael
    February 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Just pulled my carnitas out of the vitaclay…delicious! Thanks

  2. La Cucina Di Kait
    May 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Beautiful photos and great recipe, I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Maggie
    October 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    No liquids?

    • November 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

      Nope – just that splash of vinegar. The veggies and meat release a lot of liquid as they cook. Hope you like it!

  4. Ashleigh
    October 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this! How big is your slow cooker?

    • November 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      Thanks, Ashleigh! How did it turn out? 🙂 I honestly cannot for the life of me remember how big my slow cooker is. That said, it’s not an oversized one – I think it’s pretty standard. Hope it turned out great!


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