Dogs. Man’s best friend, fur babies, sneaky food stealers. Turn you back for TWO seconds with human food accessible, and it’s gone. Thank goodness I had enough photographs of this whole30 slow cooker pork carnitas recipe before a fluffy white burgler devoured it all….
True story, before my husband popped the question, he thought we should get a cell phone plan together to save money. I totally flaked and got cold feet. It seemed like a big commitment. Yet we got a dog before we were engaged. Makes ZERO sense.
Mr. Physical Kitchness always wanted a big, manly dog while I dreamed of a cute little lap snuggler. So when I found her sweet face online with a plea for someone to adopt her, it was meant to be. She was little, fluffy, and had the angelic face of a bichon/maltese teddy bear – even the man who wanted a German Shephard couldn’t resist. So we decided to bring her home. It was a very sweet moment…
Until we got in the car and she bit me. Seriously, the little sh*t bit my hand and I was petting her.
“Ok, ummm…we need to take her back!” I stammered as I counted all my fingers to make sure I hadn’t lost one.
“It’s fine Chrissa. She’s scared. She’ll warm up to us,” said my all-too-nonchalant future husband. (HE wasn’t the one that got bit).
I didn’t touch her the rest of the way home. This white cotton princess had to be the devil’s spawn, I was convinced. But as soon as she realized we weren’t going to hurt her (a few treats helped with that) and once we changed her name from Mi Mi to Bucca (yes, named after the famed restaurant Buca Di Beppo), her attitude changed as if she was just bitter about her previous namesake.
I could write a book about this dog. The process of putting ‘magic sprinkles’ on her food just so she’d eat, how she acts like a ferocious tiger when birds are outside but whimps out when she gets close to one, or about her psychological meltdown when she was spayed – going through postpartum depression over a squeaky shoe toy (I’m not making this stuff up).
But for now, she’s in the doghouse because she ate our dinner.
Was this meal difficult or time-consuming to make? Ha, no. So I could easily make it again. But it’s the principle of it all – she ATE the whole30 slow cooker pork carnitas she KNEW were off limits.
I can’t really blame her though. What’s not to love about tender pulled pork with hints of chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion, fresh lime juice, and hints of jalepeno? Add a big heap of fresh cilantro and diced avocados on top and you have a meal that dogs (and humans) will go bonkers over. The best part, it’s pretty much effortless to make this easy, whole30 compliant meal in your slow cooker. Even BETTER part? These carnitas make amazing leftovers too! Just DON’T leave them on a low, doggie-accessable platform and turn your back.
I love throwing a big pile of this no-fuss dinner in a few romaine lettuce leaves and gettin’ all messy as I stuff my face. Luckily I don’t have a white fur beard, so unlike my dog, I don’t have to take a bath after eating these…
Recreating this meal is easy with a few prep steps before starting the slow-cooker process. Rinse and pat dry the pork shoulder. Next, combine the spices and sprinkle all over the pork and gently pat the dry rub on to the meat so it sticks. Drizzle the olive oil on top. Slice one small yellow onion very thinly, de-seed and dice one jalepeno, and add to the slow cooker. Squeeze the juice from two limes over the top and cook on low for 4-6 hours. The thicker the roast, the more time it will take to cook.
After the meat is fully cooked, shred with two forks, removing any large chunks of fat that remain. Mix the the pulled pork with all the juices in the crockpot. If desired, spread the pork on a baking sheet and broil for five minutes for crispy shreds of pork.
You can serve the meat in corn or flour tortillas, inside leaves of bib or romaine lettuce, or on top of a salad. Garnish fresh cilantro and avocado.
I reinvent any leftovers by putting leftover pork in sandwiches with salsa or avocado crema or make a pulled pork white chili made with chicken stock, salsa verde, cumin, and white beans (optional).
If you are a slow cooker lover like myself, and interested in more clean eating recipes – you HAVE to also try this A1 inspired slow cooker beef roast (also whole30 compliant).
From out sweet Bucca, (aka the miniature albino German shepherd as my husband calls her) to you, enjoy!!
- 4 pound boneless pork shoulder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- juice of 2 limes
- 1 small onion, finely sliced
- 1 large jalepeno, seed removed and finely diced
- Rinse and pat dry the pork shoulder
- Combine the chili powder, ground cumin, salt, and pepper then sprinkle all over the pork. Gently pat the dry rub on to the meat so it sticks. Place the pork shoulder into the slow cooker
- Drizzle the olive oil on top and add the onion and jalepeno
- Squeeze the juice from two limes over the top and cook on low for 4-6 hours. The thicker the roast, the more time it will take to cook
- After the meat is fully cooked, shred it with two forks, removing any large chunks of fat that remain. Mix the the pulled pork with all the juices in the slow cooker. If desired, spread the pork on a baking sheet and broil for five minutes for crispy shreds of pork
- Serve with cilantro and diced avocados