Try this Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas recipe in your Instant Pot in a fraction of the time it takes in the oven!
How to make Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork In your Instant Pot
The usual way to cook classic American pulled pork is on a grill for six hours or more, and to be honest it’s hard to beat that method as you get the wonderful crispy bark on the outside of the meat, but it’s not often you have time to spend all day tending to your grill!
My version allows you to put it into your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker and have it ready to serve in a fraction of the time!
Carnitas are a sort of Mexican pulled pork that are traditionally braised in oil or lard over several hours. The cooked meat is often served with tortillas, salsa, guacamole, onions, cilantro and refried beans, it’s quite delicious!
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Brown Your Meat First!
I like to brown my meat first before I pressure cook it. The Instant Pot has a ‘saute’ function which is very easy to use and is really just like using a pan on your stoves top.
On my model of Instant Pot there are three heat settings for sautéing, low, medium, use the ‘adjust’ button to change the heat as you need to.
One thing to note about using a pressure cooker is that it can reduce the efficacy of spices and seasonings, so you either need to add more or adjust for it in some way. For this version I prefer to add the spices after the pork is cooked and ‘pulled’.
Kitchen Items you’ll need to cook this Recipe
To make this recipe you’ll need an electric pressure cooker, I have the Instant Pot Duo 6QT multi functional Pressure Cooker and I really love it, especially the fact that it has a stainless steel insert instead of non stick like some other brands.
While I mostly use it as a pressure cooker (I love to get my dinners on the table FAST!) it can also double up as a rice cooker, a slow cooker, a yoghurt maker, and a steamer.
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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas
Simple, easy, and delicious Pressure Cooker pulled pork carnitas recipe, adapted from Noshtastic
- 4 lb boneless pork butt (shoulder) cut into two large pieces
- 1 tbsp olive oil 15mls
- 1 cup orange juice 500ml
- MARINADE INGREDIENTS
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp ground cumin
Cut your pork butt into two equal sized pieces.
This step is optional - Put your pot onto 'Sauté' mode and add a little oil, then brown each side of your meat, one piece at a time.
Remove the meat from the pot, deglaze the pot with 2 cups of orange juice then add the meat pieces back into the juice.
Close and lock the lid, check the vent is sealed and cook on manual high pressure for 65 minutes. Exact cook time will vary depending on the thickness of the meat.
While the pork is cooking mix together the remaining marinade ingredients and set aside
When the time is up switch off the pressure cooker (do not keep on the warm setting) and allow the pressure to release naturally as it cools (NPR) this will take about 20 minutes
When the pressure has dropped (about 20 minutes) carefully remove the lid and check the meat to see if you can pull it apart easily with a fork. If it is not done cook for 10 more minutes on high pressure and allow pressure to release naturally as before.
When the pork is cooked remove it from the pot and pull it apart with a couple of forks and remove the extra fatty bits and any bones.
Add the marinade to the meat and mix well, then spread it out onto a large wide oven proof pan.
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.
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.
If you are following Paleo or Whole 30 then use some large lettuce leaves to wrap it in instead.
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