Slow Cooker Carnitas

Juicy, Tender, Melt in your mouth, Slow Cooked Carnitas

Do you ever have those types of weeks where you’re just aching constantly? I’m definitely aching a lot this week. My back has been aching non-stop for an entire day sometimes. Yikes, I wish I could get an RMT massage every week to fix my body up, it’s just not doing so well! But other than that, I have a delicious recipe for all of you. It’s slow cooker carnitas. It’s juicy, tender and the leftovers taste amazing days on afterwards. It’s like a miracle “you-can’t-get-sick-of-this” food. If you haven’t guessed from the pictures, it’s pork carnitas. I was inspired to come up with this recipe because of chipotle. I love chipotle, but there is one issue: it’s not IBS friendly AT ALL. When I am in need of a Mexican food fix, I usually go there but I pay the consequences shortly afterwards. 

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Did you know that Chipotle is Whole30 approved too? Just order the salad bowl, carnitas, mild salsa, guacamole, and extra lettuce.

Slow Cooker Carnitas

So I decided to come up with a slow cooker pork carnitas recipe that I can make at home. Because cooking at home is best isn’t it? Fortunately for this recipe, it’s Whole30 approved, IBS friendly, and gluten free.

Serves 6

Slow Cooker Carnitas

This pork is full of flavour, soft, and a easy make for a work week.

Whole30, low FODMAP, and gluten free

10 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 3 pounds of boneless pork butt (shoulder)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 4 dried chili peppers
  • 4 cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 2/3 cups of orange juice (or juice of two oranges)


  1. Rinse your pork with water and dry with a paper towel.
  2. Mix all the spices, salt and pepper together. When mixed, dry rub your pork until the meat is entirely covered with spices. Place the pork butt in the slow cooker. Pour orange juice around the pork. Set your slow cooker on low for 8 hours (up to 12).
  3. When your pork is done cooking, let it rest for 30 minutes in the slow cooker. When rested, using tongs, grab the pork butt and place it in a large bowl. Using two forks shred the meat apart. When completed, using the juices from the slow cooker, pour some of it on your pork and you're done!


High FODMAP ingredient: garlic (remove if you have issues)


  1. beth
    Hi need want the directions for your receipt lemon, garlic chicken cooked in the slow cooker this is the receipt that brought me to the site, pls send the directions !
    1. Lisa (Post author)
      Hi Beth, I think you might be confusing my site with another, hope you can find what you're looking for!

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