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Basic (Slow Cooker) Pork Roast OR Pork Carnitas

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One recipe, two ways! Moist, flavorful, and delicious. Serve a basic pork roast one day, and pork carnitas the next.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Boneless Pork Tenderloin Roast
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil (or More For Searing)
  • ⅓ cups Apple Juice
  • _____
  • FOR THE RUB:
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 3 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder (NOT Garlic Salt)
  • ¼ teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Preparation

1. In a small bowl, combine the rub ingredients.
2. Rub dry spice mixture onto all surfaces of the pork roast; set aside.
3. Pour olive oil into a large skillet. Heat the skillet and oil over medium-high heat, until very hot.
4. Sear the pork roast in the hot oil until browned, about 1 minute. Turn the roast and continue searing on all sides.
5. Spray the crock of a slow cooker with olive oil or cooking spray. Place the seared roast into the crock.
6. Pour the apple juice around the sides of the roast.
7. Cover and cook on low heat for 5–6 hours, or until done.
8. Slice and serve roast.
9. Leftover roast make excellent pork carnitas: chop or shred pork, and serve in warm tortillas with cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or your favorite toppings.

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wysmom on 9.15.2011

Really,really tasty!

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stacynabby on 5.5.2011

This was so easy and flavorful. The spices didn’t overpower the taste of the pork. I’m already looking forward to making this again…and again!

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