Crockpot Carnitas

Sorry about the delay. I had a bit of a “rain out” with the Wi-Fi today and had camera issues. You may now proceed to your regularly scheduled blog. 🙂

Hi there!

How was everyone’s Independence Day?

Mine was pretty great – I slept in, I relaxed, I cleaned, I got laundry done, I sat my butt on the couch and watched some TV. All great things!

And then, July 5th = work. 😦

Middle of the week holidays are tough for those who have to work on the day after. I couldn’t even pull myself out of bed for CrossFit this morning. It just wasn’t going to happen. My body said no.

Grumpy cat no

So, I listened. And now, I have guilt. I walk a fine line between understanding that a day off is good for my body (especially when it demands one) and feeling like a slug when I take one. Especially since I’m not running right now.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that I hear about my xrays today. The doc said it could take 2-3 days for the radiologist to read them and he would call with the results. Technically, it’s been 3 days. Yesterday may have been a holiday but it counts as a day in my book! So, we’ll see. I probably shouldn’t hold my breath.

hold breath

New crockpot recipe!

You know how much I love having my crockpot handle dinner for me. Seriously, the crockpot has to be one of the best inventions ever – especially if you’re a busy parent or just a busy person. (Caveat: You don’t have to be a parent to be busy.) Throw the stuff in, turn it on, and dinner’s ready when you come home! *swoon*

I can’t remember the last time I made carnitas. Carnitas are essentially braised or roasted pork that has then been shredded and can be served in tortillas, burritos, tamales, tacos, etc. However you want! I’ve done plenty of shredded beef and chicken but not pork. It was about time I tried it again! And, I’m so glad I did! These were perfect! The meat was tender and juicy and the sauce was flavorful and delicious. WIN!


Crockpot Carnitas
NOTE: this recipe is not spicy. if you prefer a kick, add a spicier chile powder and maybe a spicy barbecue sauce.

2-3 pounds boneless pork (try to find butt or shoulder, if you can)
1/4 cup diced onions
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15 ounce) diced tomatoes (drain off the excess liquid)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1. Place pork in crockpot.

2. Mix remaining ingredients (onions through barbecue sauce) in a medium bowl and pour over pork.

3. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

4. Shred pork with forks and serve in lettuce wraps (Paloe) or tortillas (not Paleo).

5. Om nom nom!


Recipe adapted from Life as a Plate

– jennifer

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