Prep Time
16 Mins
Cook Time
6 Hours
6 cups shredded meat

Carnitas is a Mexican version of barbecue braised on the stovetop. Slowly simmered in broth or water, the meat becomes deliciously tender; then it's browned for a crisp exterior. Serve it plain or as tacos. Using a slow cooker delivers authentic results without watching the pot.


How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 6 ingredients in a 5-quart slow cooker; stir in pieces of roast. Microwave beer in a 2-cup glass measuring cup on HIGH 2 minutes or until very hot. Pour beer over meat in slow cooker; do not stir. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or until very tender.

Step 2

Shred meat using 2 forks. Serve hot or see notes below.

Step 3

* We used adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce.

Step 4

Make-Ahead Note: Transfer meat mixture and juices to a 13" x 9" baking dish; cover and chill overnight. To reheat, crumble meat mixture into a large skillet, and cook over medium-high heat 15 minutes or until browned and hot.

Step 5

Microwave Option: Traditionally, Carnitas are browned in their own drippings until they are crisped and browned. However, reheating the shredded pork in the microwave is an easy alternative. Microwave 6 cups meat mixture on HIGH 6 minutes, stirring once, or until thoroughly heated.

Christmas With Southern Living 2006

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sheraphics's Review

December 30, 2011