This Carnita style pork is one of my favorites! Super simple and full of flavor. I ALWAYS get a Carnita Burrito if I’m at Chipotle, and they are very transparent on their site about the ingredients in the Carnitas: pork, bay leaf, salt, black pepper, thyme, juniper berries, sunflower oil. It’s definitely the juniper berries that add such a unique, savory flavor so don’t leave them out! My local Harris Teeter carries them, or here is a link to get them on Amazon.
I love these Hatfield Touch of Sea Salt Pork Loin Filet but if you can’t find them, use a 1-1.5lb pork loin.
You could definitely crisp up the meat in the oven by broiling for a minute or two for a more authentic Carnita but my kiddos prefer the texture right from the slow cooker. I usually serve with a homemade cilantro lime rice and fixings for everyone to make their own burritos or bowls.