Paleo Mexican Pulled PorkPulled pork is a southern staple that I’ve cooked so many times now that I’ve lost count! To change it up a little I decided to try cooking paleo Carnitas, also known as Mexican pulled pork.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time:
7 hours

Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 8

Recipe author:


  • 4- 5 lb Boston Pork Butt
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 orange zest only
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. The easiest way to make this is in your oven, if you want to cook it on a grill please read the post for details.
  2. Place the pork in a large oven proof roasting pan and simply season with a little salt and pepper
  3. Preheat the oven to 425F and when it is ready add the pork on the middle shelf, do not cover it.
    after 40 minutes turn it down to 325F.
  4. Cooking time is going to vary depending on the size of your cut of meat and whether it has a bone in it or not.
  5. I would expect it to take between 5 – 7 hours to cook so that the pork is ‘pullable’ and the bone comes out without any resistance.
  6. While the pork is cooking mix together the remaining marinade ingredients and set aside.
  7. When the pork is cooked pull it apart with a couple of forks and remove the extra fatty bits and any bones.
  8. Add the marinade to the meat and mix well, then spread it out onto a large wide oven proof pan.
  9. Turn on the broiler and put the pan underneath it but not so close that it will burn, watch it for 5 – 7 minutes until it’s crisped a little on top.
  10. Serve in toasted corn tortillas with slaw, salsa or any other taco fixings you prefer, I like it with avocado slices, guacamole and shredded cheese.
  11. If you are following Paleo or Whole 30 then use some large lettuce leaves to wrap it in instead.

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