Crispy Pork Carnitas


4 pounds (or 2 kg) skinless, boneless pork butt (or shoulder)

3-4 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano (or Mexican oregano)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 large brown or white onion , cut into wedges

8 cloves garlic , smashed

2 limes , juiced

2 large oranges , juiced (or 3/4 cup natural orange juice)

3/4 cup coke (Original or Mexican coke is ideal)*

2 bay leaves


Rinse and pat dry pork with a paper towel.

In the bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker or dutch oven, add pork, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, onion, garlic, lime juice, orange juice, coke, and bay leaves.

Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8-10 hours, or high heat for 5-6 hours (until the meat falls apart). If you’re cooking in the oven, heat oven to 300 degrees and cook 3-4 hours. Or until meat shreds easily. 

Remove pork and shred with two forks (DO NOT DISCARD THE LIQUID!)


Transfer the pork to a baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking oil spray. Drizzle with olive oil and broil for 3-5 minutes on high heat until the meat becomes golden browned and crispy on the edges.


Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan or cast iron skillet over high heat. When pan is hot, add pork in batches of two or three, and sear until just beginning to crisp. Ladle over about 1/2 cup of left over liquid, and continue cooking until the juices begin to reduce down and the meat is nice and crispy!

Serve in Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, or in a salad!