Carnitas Shredded Pork

A low-fat, tasty recipe for use in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, & more (slow cooker and stove top methods)

Carnitas Shredded Pork

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    Cups


Ingredients

  • 1

    (4-5 lb) lean boneless pork roast, fat removed, cut in 3-4" chunks

  • 1

    teaspoon seasoned salt

  • 2

    tablespoons canola oil

  • 1

    cup low sodium, fat free chicken broth

  • 2

    teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 4

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 1

    large onion, minced

  • 2

    cups salsa verde (store bought or homemade)

Directions

Step 1: Pat pork pieces try with paper towels; sprinkle with seasoned salt. In Dutch oven over med-high heat, add canola oil and brown pork pieces on all sides. Remove pork and set aside; add chicken broth and deglaze the pan, stirring in the browned bits from the bottom. Step 2. Slow cook the pork using one of these options. STOVE TOP OPTION: Add pepper, garlic, onions, and salsa verde to broth in pan and stir; add pork pieces back in. Bring to simmer, cover and simmer on lowest setting until pork is fork tender (approx. 2-1/2 to 3 hours). SLOW COOKER OPTION: Place browned pork pieces in slow cooker. Pour on the chicken broth liquid that was used to deglaze the Dutch oven. Sprinkle on the black pepper; top with the garlic, onions, and salsa verde. Cover and cook on high for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or on low for 7-9 hours, until fork tender. Step 3. Transfer cooked pork to cutting board and shred it using two forks; discard fat. Degrease the cooking liquid left in the pan. Step 4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread out the shredded pork in a large shallow baking pan. Pour up to 3 cups of the degreased cooking liquid over the pork. Bake uncovered for 30 min. or until crispy pieces appear on top. Remove from oven and stir. Return to oven for 20 minutes or until crispy pieces appear again on top. Repeat baking, crisping, and stirring in 10-20 min. intervals until all or most of the liquid is gone from bottom of pan. For a moister meat, cook until approx. 1/4" liquid remains on bottom of pan, stirring remaining liquid back into the shredded pork. For dryer/crisper meat, cook until all liquid has cooked away.


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