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Video:How to Make Crockpot Carnitas

with Kaytie Sproul

Carnitas are easy and quick to prep when you make them in a crockpot. Just add a few ingredients and let your crockpot do all the work, then enjoy your carnitas.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Crockpot Carnitas

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com and today we're going to take a look at how to make carnitas in a crockpot, inspired by a recipe from About.com's Southern Cooking site. You might think that a meat dish with so much flavor would be hard to prepare, but it's a breeze as long as you use your crock pot. So let’s get started.

To Make Crockpot Carnits, You'll Need:

  • 2 to 4 pounds of pork shoulder roast
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and quartered
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1 12 oz. can of beer
  • Corn tortillas
  • Garlic salt and pepper to taste

For Crispy Carnitas, Sear Your Pork Roast and Pierce It With Garlic Cloves

This first step is optional. Some people like a crispier exterior on the carnitas, if you fall into this category go ahead and season your roast with garlic salt and pepper and then sear each side in a hot pan with a tablespoon of oil. Each side will only need around 30-40 seconds. Once complete, set your roast off to the side. Then take the cloves of garlic and quarter them. Now take your roast, place it on the cutting board and pierce it with enough slots as you have garlic. Take your garlic pieces and place them into the slits that have been cut in the roast. Now place the entire roast into the crock pot.

Marinate the Carnitas With Beer and Shred After Cooking

Take the cilantro and chop it into medium sized pieces adding them into the pot around the roast. Add the uncut jalapeño pepper into the crock pot as well. Finally take the beer and pour it in over the roast. Try to ensure that the beer reaches all areas of the roast and the pot. You can even lift the roast slightly to let the beer slip underneath. This final ingredient will give the meat a slightly smoky taste that really accentuates the flavor.

Once every thing has been added in, cover the pot and cook on low for 8 hrs. You can get away with 6 hours, but you shouldn’t go any lower than that if you want it to be fork tender .Once done, shred it with a fork and serve with salsa, sour cream, tortillas, or any of your favorite fixings! However you choose to enjoy it, homemade carnitas will be the hit of any meal. Just make sure to give it the time to reach proper tenderness, checking on it every so often to ensure it doesn't dry out. It'll be the easiest roast you've ever cooked!

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