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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – Carnitas

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 159
Protein 26g
Fat 5g
Carbs 1g
Total Time

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of tacos. And whenever I get the urge for delicious Mexican food, I head to my nearest taco stand in downtown Dallas. While it’s not scientifically proven, you can never go wrong with getting barbacoa or carnitas (aka pulled pork) tacos.

So, when you can’t hop on a plane to Mexico to enjoy tacos and (a light) beer, here’s an easy pulled pork recipe to bring a little taste of Mexico to your own kitchen.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – Carnitas

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb lean pork sirloin
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 tablespoon sea salt
    • pinches of pepper (to desired satisfaction)
    • 1 garlic clove (thinkly sliced)
    • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
    • 1/2 tablespoon fresh or ground thyme
    • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
    • juice from 1 red grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • fresh lime to taste
  • fresh cilantro to taste
Steps
  1. Add lean pork sirloin to a slow cooker and add the seasonings and fresh grapefruit juice.  Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Once the cooking cycle has ended, remove the pork from the slow cooker and transfer it to a bowl.  Easily shred the pork using forks.
  3. Set a nonstick skillet on medium high heat and add olive oil.  Once the skillet is hot, toss in the pulled pork and begin to cook.  Allow the edges of the pork to get crispy but be careful not to let it burn. Stir and flip the pork in the skillet using a spatula or wooden spoon for about 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Once the edges are crispy, pour in the leftover broth from the slow cooker and reduce the heat of the skillet and stir the pork.
  5. Remove the pork from the heat and garnish with fresh lime and cilantro to taste.
  6. Enjoy the pulled pork anyway you want, but again, you can never go wrong with tacos!  I used corn tortillas, fresh purple cabbage, pico de gallo and goat cheese crumble for my tacos.

Approximate macros for one of six 4oz servings of pulled pork (meat ONLY):

 

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Calories
159
Protein
26g
Fat
5g
Carbs
1g
Sodium
-
Fiber
0g
Sugar
0g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.