Sweet Apple Carnitas

These Carnitas are easy and make an amazing meal and leftovers.

Active time: 20 minutes • Total time: 8-24 hours

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 by Jack McCann
Tags: recipes pork pork roast newsletter crockpot

This is really quick and easy and makes for a great meal and leftovers. The meat can be used so many ways. Tacos, sandwich, rice bowl, enchiladas, etc. 


  • 3lb pork roast (plus sirloin or other bone-in chops if desired)
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 6 smashed cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 C organic orange juice
  • 1/2 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1T salt
  • 2t freshly toasted and ground cumin
  • 1/2t whole coriander 


  1. Put thawed or frozen roasts (and chops if desired) into a crockpot on low (~180 degrees)
  2. Add all the ingredients
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours
  4. Pull bones from the roasts/chop and chop/shred the meat. 
  5. Return meat back to the sauce
  6. Serve or leave on 'keep warm' for up to 12 hours (~155 degrees)


This is a great way to use up any extra leaner chops like sirloin, the marbled meat from the Boston Roast (pork shoulder) makes it super moist.  

Don't try to skim off the fat or pull it out. After cooking this long, it will help keep the meat moist and amazing. There is so much flavor and nutrients in our pasture raised pork fat, you don't want to miss out on that! 

Organic Pork Carnitas

Ideas? Questions?

What did you use this for?  What kind of variations worked well for you? 

We'd love to hear your tips, ideas and/or questions! 

Comments (1)

  1. Mary:
    Jul 11, 2016 at 09:53 AM

    I made this recipe exactly as printed, even so far as to add 4 bone-in chops and we all loved it. I served it on good ciabatta bread with spicy brown mustard and bread & butter pickles to the delight of the whole family - all 4 generations at the table! I will definitely make it again.

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