Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

I headed to Costco this week to pick up some sirloin tip roast, that is on sale for only $1.99/pound. A full shopping cart later (seriously, Costco needs a warning label on the door) I came home and now have a stocked freezer and I’m ready to go for meals this month! The sirloin tip roast comes in a four pack of individually wrapped roasts, that are around 1.5-2 pounds each. So you can make tons for a crowd or just what you need for a weeknight dinner.

I threw mine in the crockpot (a busy mom’s best friend!) before going to work and we ended up with a feast that night! We had fresh guacamole, black beans and carnitas tacos with all the fixin’s.  I’m going to have to make this next time we have people over – a fiesta with carnitas tacos! It would make a perfect casual party – especially for when people might all be eating at once.

For a more formal dinner, I would probably roast the pork and serve with roasted potatoes and asparagus. Yum! The USDA reduced the temperature guideline for pork loins, chops and roasts from 160 to 145 degrees F, with a three minute rest. This will yield a juicy, flavorful product that may be pinker in color than most home cooks are used to. Ground pork, like all ground meat, should be cooked to 160 degrees.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

1.5-2 pounds pork sirloin tip roast
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1 large oranges)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 large lime)
8 cloves garlic (whole, peeled)
½ tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
½ cup beef broth
corn tortillas
sour cream, salsa, sliced avocado, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce (whatever you like!)

Use a 6 quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the salt and cumin. Rub mixture all over the pork, then plop into the slow cooker. Add whole garlic cloves. Squeeze on the citrus, and pour the beef broth evenly over the top.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours, or until the pork shreds quite easily with a fork. It should pretty much fall apart when you poke it with a fork. Shred and serve with warm tortillas.

Don’t forget to enter my Costco giveaway! I’m giving away a $50 gift card in honor of National Pork Month and you must enter by tomorrow!

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign with The National Pork Board and The Motherhood. I am receiving a stipend for my participation. Opinions remain my own.

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