Pork Carnitas Recipe – Your New Favorite

I’ve been making pork carnitas (Mexican pulled pork) for at least 10 years. I found a recipe for pork carnitas in a low carb recipe book and have modified it over the years. My secret weapon is Montreal Steak Seasoning. Have you ever tried that seasoning? If not, do yourself a favor and try it. It is one of the most versatile seasonings around. I’ve been known to add it to everything from macaroni salad to spaghetti sauce. It even makes an awesome seasoning for guacamole.

The Low-Sodium Challenge

The challenge with my pork carnitas recipe was to modify the sodium content without sacrificing the flavor. Especially, knowing that my secret weapon was out of the equation now (due to the salt it contains). But, I did it! I used a variety of seasonings to help boost the complexity of flavors so that the lack of salt was undetectable. If you aren’t concerned with sodium, then the list of ingredients for this will be minimal. I’ll list my old recipe at the bottom.

Heads up, this recipe is super easy! It immediately turned into a family favorite. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve been asked for the recipe.

Ingredients
Country-Style Pork Ribs

 

Searing the Pork

 

This was my Grandma’s crockpot. It is in remarkable condition and I think about her every time I use it.

Seasonings

 

Water and seasoning mixed

 

Carnitas ready to serve!
Crock Pot Low-Sodium Pork Carnitas

Serves 4-6

  • 2-3 lbs. of Pork Country-Style ribs or shoulder roast
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Weber Salt-Free Steak Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1 Tbsp. Concentrated tomato paste
  • ¼ container of Knorr Homestyle Stock*
  • 1 Tbsp. minced roasted garlic
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground chili powder
  • 1 tsp. chipotle sauce

Heat a skillet with the oil on medium-high heat. Cut up the pork into 2-3 inch squares and very liberally sprinkle it with the Weber steak seasoning. Once the oil is almost smoking, sear or brown the pork cubes. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the 2 cups of hot water. Let sit until the pork is done browning. Remove the pork and add it to the crockpot. Pour the water/seasonings mixture over the meat. Set the crockpot for 5-7 hours on low. When the meat is tender, it is done. Before serving, remove the pork from the crockpot and separate it with two forks or just mash it with a fork.

*you can substitute 2 cups of low-sodium beef broth for this.

A few notes: you don’t have to use a crockpot for this recipe. I have made this recipe with a Dutch oven in the oven set at 250 degrees for 5 hours.

Original Pork Carnitas Recipe

served 4-6

  • 3-4 lbs. of Pork Style ribs or shoulder roast
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 cups of Beef Broth OR 1 container of Knorr Homestyle Stock and 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground chili powder

Heat a skillet with the oil on medium-high heat. Cut up the pork into 2-3 inch squares and very liberally sprinkle it with the Montreal steak seasoning. Once the oil is almost smoking, brown the pork cubes. Mix the Knorr container with the water and pour over the meat, or add the 2 cups of beef broth. Set the crockpot for 5-7 hours on low. When the meat is tender, it is done. Before serving, remove the pork from the crockpot and separate it with two forks or just mash it with a fork.

Delicious Carnitas Tacos

 

  1. Hillary

    06/19/2017 at 8:34 PM

    This was delicious! And my toddler loved it too! Two thumbs up!

    1. Renae

      06/21/2017 at 8:41 PM

      So glad you liked it!

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