Get ready to drool food lovin’ peeps!
Our apartment here in Thailand came with a slow-cooker and we’ve made a Mexican melt in your mouth 14 hour slow cooked dish of some pulled pork that made us drool at the mere smell.
Carnitas are a traditional Mexican dish where the meat is slow cooked, shredded, and then fried. We omitted the fried part because the meat looked so tender that with the tasty Thai chilis we decided to eat it just how it came out of the slow cooker. YUM.
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
- ground pepper to taste
- salt to taste
- 1 large onion
- 1 whole clove of garlic (or 2 -yea baby)
- dried or fresh oregano
- a big pinch fresh thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/2 of a pork flavored bullion cube
- 1 pound of pork shoulder ( 2 pounds would feed 4 people)
- 4 Thai green chilis
- After you've cooked down your onions and garlic, put them aside. Grab a bowl and sprinkle in all of your spices & oregano, about a teaspoon or so of each. What ever you like. Extra salt and pepper, of course. What I do is look at the pork shoulder and pretend I am salting it instead so I can gauge what's a good amount. Add everything except your bay leaves. Cut your Thai chilis up and take out the seeds, unless you like it a little extra spicy. I've shown in the photo that we got the large Thai chilis since unfortunately I can't take the heat!
- Rub your pork with the spices on all sides. Grab your slow cooker, or very large pot and place some thyme leaves in the bottom. Put your pork in the bottom and add the cooked onions and garlic, the chilis, and enough water to almost cover the pork. Throw in the bay leaves, the half bullion cube, and some more thyme.
- Now you don't have to cook the pork for 14 hours. 6-8 hours is good. We just happened to leave it in overnight. It will shrink when it's done and your house will smell amazing.
- When it's ready, take it out of its juicy home- the meat should just break apart with a fork. You can eat this with anything you'd like- we take corn tortillas & flour tortillas, re-fried beans, and lime with cilantro. Some pork in a tortilla, some cilantro, the chilis from the pot (for Mike) and a squeeze of lime and it's ready for your belly!
As I type this we have another slow cooker pot of pork waiting to be put away for consumption tomorrow!! This one cooked for 9 hours and it looks amazing. If we hear a knock on the door tomorrow we’ll know what you’re after!