Slow Cooker Carnitas Are Quickly Becoming My Favorite Way to Serve Pork!Chicken / November 15, 2016
It’s morning. I have chopped and assembled. And then dumped it into this cold, ceramic cylinder. What now? The act of turning the button to LOW on my slow cooker just doesn’t seem like I’m creating anything. I just don’t know how to press GO and walk away from food, from a meal, from a challenge!
Until you come back later on and you realize you’re an absolute genius in the kitchen.
Initially, I was really pleased with how gorgeous the pre-heated contents appeared. It gave me hope that the end result would be amazing. I was experimenting a little, although I knew that I was probably right on the mark with flavors: Orange, onion, jalapeno, garlic (DUH!), and definitely some saffron to intensify it. Pork is like the A-Positive blood type of meats. It just goes with everything.
If there was any mystery to the outcome for me, it was determining if the Ginger Ale I added as my braising liquid would work. And glory be! It was the perfect binder. Peppery in accent. Sweet to marry the flavors and even out the hot and cool flavors of the jalapeno and the orange. IT JUST WORKED.
The broth was so forgiving. It cooked the meat to perfection but didn’t turn into a cloudy glob. It will make a perfect gravy, or just a lovely liquid to suspend and preserve the shredded pork until we all noshed away at it. And shredding it, by the way, is masterfully completed with just two small forks and a cutting board. Just bring the large chunks out with your tongs and start the shredding.
Yes, tasting is allowed.
The only thing I removed from the mixture was the orange segments. But only after squeezing out the lovely pieces of pulp and juice to add to the whole floating menagerie of flavor perfection back into the broth. YUMMMM.
For this presentation I just served it over some cous cous with buttered carrots. Simple and pleasing. But you may want to serve it inside a tortilla with enchilada sauce and cheese, or atop black beans, or maybe atop a tortilla chip with cheese sauce and a bunch of your good friends.
There are so many choices with pork carnitas. SLOWLY we learn. QUICKLY we eat!!!