Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas | Gluten Free Recipe

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas Whole30

This recipe is one of our go-to healthy meals. It's easy, super tasty, and definitely filling! We first made this recipe during our whole30 journey. We have decided that we like it over rice, it's gluten free and gives the dish a little more substance! If you are strict whole30 or Paleo, you can easily skip the rice! 


Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

If you wanted to cut down the prep-time, I really think you could skip the whole cooking the onion and browning the pork situation. I do think that it does make the pork a bit more juicy, but if time is a factor, I think you could still make it work. However, I do think it is worth the 10 minutes!

How many servings you get really depends on the size of your pork shoulder/butt and the size of the plate you want to eat! We usually get about 5-6 servings every time we make it. If you split up your servings before you eat, you can easily be in control of your serving sizes!

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

You could also buy guac if you are feeling like you don't want to make your own :) I actually had to bust out my immersion blender because my avocado wasn't quite soft enough. But it still tasted really yummy! I hate that avocados are so sensitive and so expensive! It makes things so much more difficult lol 

The best thing about guac is that you can make it however you like. I've shared what I use in mine, but if you like it spicy, go ahead and add some red pepper flakes! You honestly can't mess this recipe up :)

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

Makes: 4-6 Servings

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

Prep time:

Cook time:


  • 1 2-3 lb Boneless Pork Shouler/Butt
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Small Onion, Roughly Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 ish Cups Rice, Cooked
  • 2 Avocado
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Salsa
  • 2 Tbsp Green Onion


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet (preferably cast iron), and cook onion until translucent. About 5 minutes.
  2. Remove onion from skillet and place to the side. Brown all sides of the pork shoulder in the skillet.
  3. Place pork in the slow-cooker and season with salt, chili powder, and cinnamon. Pour in chicken broth and top with onion.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours (high for 5-6 hours), or until pork is fully cooked and shreds easily.
  5. Cook Rice.
  6. Make guacomole by mixing avocado, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. You can change the amounts based on your tastes!
  7. Shred pork and serve over rice. Top with guacomole, salsa, and green onion.
  8. Enjoy!
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas