Monday, February 1, 2016

Dry-Rub Pork Carnitas {Crock-Pot} {Gluten Free} {Healthy}

Who doesn't like a healthy diet friendly allergy free recipe that is super easy to make and cooks all day in the crock-pot/slow-cooker so your home smells amazing? I'm not sure of anyone who isn't a fan of such deliciousness.  

This Dry-Rub Pork Carnitas is super easy to make, I even started it off frozen and it still turned out fantastic.  

You can enjoy this delicious pork recipe on tortillas as tacos, over rice, beans, lettuce, salsa, and guacamole as a salad, or on top of chips for some nachos.  My husband has plans for a burrito bowl of sort using this cauliflower rice and black beans.  There are many ways to enjoy this tasty meal.  

Dry-Rub Pork Carnitas in the Crock-Pot 
Recipe: Alohamora adapted from Skinnytaste Cookbook
Active Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 8-10 hours
Servings: 8-10

2-3 lb boneless pork shoulder roast
1 tsp cumin, ground
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano, dried
1/4 tsp chipotle chili pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 c. chicken broth
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
Serve with tortillas, rice, black beans, chips, or more.  


  1. Season the pork roast with salt.  You can use a frozen or thawed roast.  If your roast is frozen salt the roast during the next step. 
  2. In a large pan (preferably non-stick pan or with olive oil in a pan) over medium to high heat brown the sides of the roast. 
  3. While the roast is browning mix your dry rub in a small bowl.  Combine the cumin, garlic powder, oregano, chipotle chili pepper, salt and pepper. 
  4. Place the browned roast in the crock-pot and add half of the dry-rub to the top of the roast and rub it all over.  Flip the roast over and rub the remaining dry-rub over the other side. 
  5. Add the chicken broth followed by the garlic and bay leaves to the top.
  6. Cover and cook the roast on low for 8-9 hours.  If the roast is frozen you will need closer to 9 hours. 
  7. After 8 hours use two forks and shred the pork roast in the crock-pot. Stir to combine the meat with the juice, and let it cook longer if it needs. 
  8. Serve the pork carnitas hot as tacos, with rice in a bowl, over a salad, on top of nachos, or the many other possibilities. 
  9. Enjoy! 
  10. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. 

Happy Healthy Crock-Pot Pork Carnitas Eating!

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