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Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas


These Slow Cooker Crispy Carnitas are moist and delicious. They get an overnight marinade in Dr. Pepper and then cook in a slow cooker to make them the most moist Carnitas you’ll ever have.



1 2 liter of Dr. Pepper
4-5 lb boneless pork loin roast.
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1½ tsp salt
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
2 bay leaves
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
½ cup orange juice


Trim the fat off and cut pork loin into 3 inch chunks, and place pork in a large bowl or ziploc bag and cover meat with Dr. Pepper. Place covered bowl in the fridge overnight.



Using a large colander and drain the Dr. Pepper.

Using a small bowl mix the cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper, and rub half the mixture on the pork and set aside for an hour.
Heat oil in a large skillet heat over med high heat, and sear the pork on all sides for 3 min per side.



Place the onions and bay leaves in the bottom of the slow cooker, then add the seared pork and place in the slow cooker pour ¼ cup of orange juice into the hot skillet that cooked the pork and using a wooden spoon scrape up the flavor bits on the bottom of the pan, then pour into the slow cooker. Add remaining orange juice and 1 cup of Dr Pepper into the slow cooker.



Stir into slow cooker the remaining spice mixture and garlic.


Cook on low for 6-8 hrs, until meat is tender and falling apart. Line a baking sheet with foil and shred the pork over a colendar to drain excess liquid and spread out on sheet tray in a single layer.


Place under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp up, flip the meat over and drizzle with ⅔ of the cooking liquid in the slow cooker and place back under the broiler for another 5 min


Remove from oven and drizzle with another ⅔ of the cooking liquid.

Serve your favorite way.




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Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

2 responses »

  1. Looks great! Never would have thought about using Dr Pepper in a marinade.



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