I’ve spent more time in the kitchen in the past week than I have in the past few months combined and it has felt SO good. Cooking all of your own food at home is a fun/challenging process which I’m learning to love. As I wrote a few days ago, Josh and I have embarked on a re-do Whole30 journey. We’re wrapping up week 1 and both feel great!
Some of our favorite meals so far have included this incredibly tasty meat, pulled pork carnitas. The original recipe comes from the new Whole30 book. If you haven’t bought it yet, DO IT. It is so important to read it and It Starts with Food before you start on your Whole30 journey. I can’t stress that enough! Anyways, this recipe was a quick favorite and could not be any simpler. We had plenty of leftovers so we enjoyed it all week long.
My cut of meat was larger than what was suggested in the book, so I simply doubled the ingredients and called it good. I also was missing a thing or two so I improvised. I opted to use my crock-pot for this recipe so that I could set it, work all day, and come home to dinner finished. You could easily make this in a dutch oven in the oven. If you choose that route, bake it (covered) for 2.5 hrs at 350. The recipe below is similar to the original found in the book.
- 5 lb. pork butt, cut into 4 inch chunks
- 2 Tbsp. salt
- 2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped into large chunks
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. cayenne
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Juice of one lime
- Start off by lining your crock pot with a Slow Cooker Liner. Seriously a game changer when it comes to cooking with a crock-pot. No more scrubbing! #winning
- Season your pork butt pieces with salt & pepper. Be sure to coat each piece well.
- Heat oil in a heavy pan and brown the pork on every side. Remove the meat from the pan and place in your crock-pot.
- Put onions & garlic in the pan that you just browned the meat in. Stir well and remove when aromatic. Set aside.
- Pour water, paprika, cayenne, and cinnamon into hot pan, and stir to get all the brown bits off of the pan.
- Place all ingredients into the crock pot, pour water & seasonings over the top, and set on low for 8-10 hours.
- Transfer the pork to a plate and pull apart with two forks. Squeeze a lime over the top and serve.
YUM! I want to make more of this right.this.second. The cinnamon adds a warm note while the cayenne and paprika add a bit of heat. It’s great on it’s own, mixed with eggs, or in a hash. SO GOOD! Enjoy!