Pork Carnitas are called the king of taco meat. Carnitas literally means “little meats”, and is typically made from pork, often cooked in lard. If you are like me, you do not have a bucket of lard to use, and my research tells me that it adds no flavor to the meat, only helps cook it better than water-based liquids. This recipe uses only the fat naturally available in the pork, which boosts flavor and cooks the meat without adding lard or other fats. Recipes that add liquid can result in dry meat – not juicy perfectly cooked pork. This slow cooker recipe results in tender juicy pork with the crispy tasty edges achieved by frying the cooked pork once it is done and pulled apart into small pieces.