Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas Recipe

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The slow cooked goodness of pulled pork, flavored with a spicy and slightly sweet mixture of seasonings, highlights this excellent Southwestern dish.
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  • 5 pounds pork shoulder roast
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes - crushed
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 16 tortillas
  • 3 cups salsa
  • 2 cups sour cream - optional
  • 2 cups guacamole - optional
Container: 6-quart slow cooker, a small bowl, and a large bowl
15 mins
6+ hrs
6+ hrs
  • Place pork in a slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, brown sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic powder, and seasoning salt. Pour the mixture over the pork roast.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook the pork on low heat for 10-12 hours.
  • Remove the roast to a tray or cutting board.
  • Using two forks, pull the meat apart until shredded.
  • Place shredded pork in a large bowl and pour some of the liquid from the slow cooker over the meat until it is as moist as you would like.
  • Return the meat to the slow cooker to keep it warm until it is ready to serve.
  • Warm tortillas in a hot skillet.
  • Place warmed tortillas on a plate and top with a serving spoonful of pulled pork.
  • Top with your favorite salsa and serve with sour cream and guacamole.
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