Welcome to my Whole 30 Crockpot Pork Carnitas recipe. A delicious taste of Mexico in the crockpot without all the badness and completely Whole 30 compliant for an easy go to Whole 30 family meal.
When you are on the Whole 30 it is hard work. You’re giving up a lot of things such as favourite chocolate, favourite cheese, favourite pasta and not to mention the wine for 30 whole days.
The best way for success within the Whole 30 is to have meals that you truly look forward to. Meals that are just so good, you will forget about your wine for more than 5 minutes and remember how good wholesome food can actually taste.
Or in my case chocolate, because I am still a breastfeeding mum and I think it must be 16 months since I have had some wine….
But pulled pork or pork carnitas as they are more commonly known, has to be one of those Whole 30 meals of your dreams. A delicious homemade meal with a Mexican flavouring, giving you a great family pig out meal to enjoy.
Carnitas by definition means little mats. It is a dish from Mexico originating from the state of Michoacan. You can either make them by braising or simmering the meat until they are tender.
In other words, think pulled pork (well all love pulled pork don’t we?) but instead of being cooked free of liquid you cook it in liquid. You then remove the meat, chop it up and then cook it for a little longer. Perfect pulled pork and so good for a family night in.
In fact when we followed the recipe below, we used basic omelette mixture to make wraps with, then we filled them with our pork carnitas and served them with a big salad, sweet potato fries and some extra vegetables. It was a banquet and so good!
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Start by making your rub. In a mixing bowl add all your seasonings and mix with a teaspoon.
Pat dry your pork shoulder and place it into the slow cooker. Rub ½ the olive oil into the top and sides of the pork shoulder. Then rub in 75% of the rub into the sides and top of the pork.
Chop your onions into halves and remove the skin from both the onions and garlic cloves. Place them around the meat so that they are touching it but not on top of it.
Make the stock. In the mixing bowl add to your 25% rub 200ml of warm water. Along with the rind from the lemons and limes. Cook for 8 hours on low.
After 8 hours remove the pork shoulder from the crockpot and using a knife and fork shred the pork. Place the shredded pork back into the stock and mix well. Cook for a further 1 hour.
Remove the liquid from the crockpot and toss in olive oil via the sauté button for 5 minutes.
The final stage (when you sauté the meat before serving) you can also do this via the oven or in a wok.
You could also use orange juice instead of lemon. We prefer lemon and we have a lemon tree that produces way more lemons than we can get through!
Whole 30 Day 17
I am back with my day 17 on the Whole 30. Today the discussion turned back to what we were missing and what we could probably live without. And this led back to chocolate as that’s the one thing I could never give up in the long term. I could go without cheese, beans, milk, pasta, wine and probably even Greek yoghurt, but a life without chocolate is just not going to happen.
Though I think I lost Dominic about the cheese and how that is needed in every meal too.
Whenever I serve food now the response is always the same:
“Lovely food but missing the cheese”
Well it’s a bit hard when it’s a banned whole 30 food!
What I ATE On Day SEVENTEEN Of The Whole 30
Today has been a delicious day. Well of course it has, we had pulled pork today and it seriously can’t get any better than that can it????
Breakfast = Courgette, Avocado & Chicken
Lunch = Steak & Sweet Potato Chips
Dinner = Pork Carnitas
Exercise = 5km Country Walk/Run
For breakfast I started the day with some courgettes airfried with some olive oil, along with some leftover chicken from yesterday and some avocado.
Then for lunch it was steak and sweet potato chips. Just because steak is so good and it wouldn’t be the same without chips. Then served with a delicious coconut sauce.
Then for dinner we have pulled pork (or pork carnitas if you call it that), served inside plain omelettes with a homemade mayonnaise, loads of salad and we were left full for hours.
What I miss during The Whole 30:
Well for starters I don’t drink anyway because I am breastfeeding so a month without booze will be no different.
Carbs – I can take them or leave them. I am just as happy with zoodles or carrot rice than I am with real rice or pasta.
Processed Foods – I have never eaten them to excess for a number of years so this really doesn’t bother me.
Chocolate – now this is my problem area. As I type this (after my lunch) all I am thinking about is eating a huge bar of chocolate. My body just needs chocolate and it is my vice. I just wish I could have chocolate….
Dairy – this is not a big problem but a bit of a problem. I love my cheese and a month without cheese is going to be hard, but not as hard as going without chocolate is going to be!
Now how about joining me in your own Whole 30? Join me in the whole 30 diet challenge and have 30 full days of delicious home cooked meals. Get better, get rid of the health problems associated with a bad diet and fall in love with food all over again.