Easy Slow Cooker Carnitas Style Shredded Pork

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This carnitas style slow cooker shredded pork is perfect for easy family dinners, lunches or appetizers.  Create a variety of dishes from a single recipe!

Easy Slow Cooker Carnitas Style Shredded Pork

This Carnitas Style Slow Cooker Shredded Pork is a regular in our house.  It starts with a delicious Boston butt pork roast and simple, but flavorful, seasonings.

I trim my roast, leaving some of the fat for added flavor and tenderness, and add onion, garlic, salt and ocassionally, a couple of bay leaves, to the slow cooker.

Keeping the seasonings simple means that I can use this tasty shredded pork in a variety of recipes, making it incredibly versatile.

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

I love that I can prepare a whole roast in my slow cooker and store the leftovers in the refrigerator for use in several recipes throughout the week.

You can easily customize this recipe after cooking, by adding BBQ sauce for pulled pork sandwiches, chile sauce for tamal filling or leave it as is, for stacking on sandwiches, tacos and shredded pork tostadas.

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This carnitas style shredded pork is a great addition to party appetizers and can easily be made in your slow cooker.  Add it to chips to make nachos de carnitas, or stuffed inside rolls or biscuits, and topped with cole slaw or another delicious garnish.

Carnitas Style Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

This slow cooker shredded pork is perfect for easy family dinners, lunches or appetizers.  Set it and forget it!  Create a variety of recipes from this one dish!
Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican, Mexican-Inspired
Keyword: American Tacos, carnitas, shredded pork, slow cooker recipes
Author: Chantilly


  • 1 4 lb. boneless pork butt roast skin and excess fat removed
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth or water
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 orange juiced


  • Trim pork of any excess fat. Place pork roast into slow cooker.
  • Wedge onion quarters in between the roast and the sides of the slow cooker.
  • Add garlic and broth (or water).  You can also submerge 1-2 bay leaves and orange juice into the slow cooker (optional).
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • When the pork is tender and pulls away easily with a fork, add salt to taste and cook for one (1) additional hour.
  • Remove meat from heat and let cool.  When cooled, pull meat into thick shreds. Remove any unrendered fat or bones (if using a bone-in roast).
  • Return pulled pork to slow cooker and adjust seasoning as desired.  Serve on top of fresh made tostadas, rolls, biscuits or BBQ nachos.

Looking for a delicious recipe made with shredded pork?  Check out our Shredded Pork Tostadas Topped with a Fried Egg and Avocado Salsa!

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