Cerveza Soaked Carnitas

After a day of fun in the sun, I love to enjoy these cerveza soaked carnitas! Before heading to the beach or out on the boat, I do a quick prep and place all of the ingredients into the crock pot on low to cook all day. If you have kids, you know it can be exhausting being out and about all day. This is the perfect meal for those long sunny days. The slow cooker allows you to be free to enjoy the sunshine, family, and friends for hours without worrying about supper. It is muy bueno to walk through your front door and be taken over by the sweet and spicy aroma of this dish.

For the spice rub, you'll also need

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt, a liberal amount
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Mix these together for the dry rub

You'll Need

  • 1 5-6 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1 grapefruit, juiced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 4 garlic cloves, cut in half
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, cut in half
  • 1 bottled beer
  1. In a crock pot, place sliced onions in the bottom of the pot. Add the garlic and jalapeños.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in a cast iron skillet until it smokes.
  3. Pat the dry spice rub all over the pork. Place pork into the pan and sear 1-2 minutes on all sides. Turn the heat down to medium so the pork will not burn
  4. Remove pork from pan and add to the slow cooker. Pour the juice of the citrus and the bottle of beer over the pork. Set crock pot on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-9 hours
  5. Separate and discard the fat and bone. Pull the meat apart and serve
  6. Serve with warm corn tortillas, freshly chopped avocados, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and sliced limes and jalapeños
This is the perfect meal for those long sunny days.
— Carrie