Tuesday, April 29
Crock-Pot Pork Carnitas
On busy days I love the ease and convenience of my crock-pot. Let me re-phrase that, I don't think there is a day where I don't love my crock-pot. As the temperatures rise outside it's great to have a meal that doesn't involve the oven and heating up the entire house. Carnitas meat was on sale so that's what I used, however, a pork loin would also work well with this recipe. The meat is incredibly tender, juicy and well seasoned; everything you want in a great sandwich. I served this with lightly toasted whole wheat bread from my Cinnamon Swirl Bread post and our absolute FAVORITE bbq sauce Stubbs Original (carried in many grocery stores).
2 1/2 lbs pork carnitas
4 garlic cloves, peeled
Crushed bay leaves (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 cup of water
Place carnitas meat in crock-pot and add garlic cloves, crushed bay leaves, a few dashes of thyme and a couple shakes of salt and pepper. Pour 1 cup of water over meat and cook covered on low for 8 hours. Shred meat with a fork and serve.