Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas - There's nothing better (or easier!) than making perfectly shredded, juicy, tender pork carnitas right in your pressure cooker!

There’s nothing better (or easier!) than making perfectly shredded, juicy, tender pork carnitas right in your pressure cooker!

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas - There's nothing better (or easier!) than making perfectly shredded, juicy, tender pork carnitas right in your pressure cooker!

Is there anything better than super tender, perfectly shredded, juicy pork carnitas?

I THINK NOT.

It’s so stinking good, and you can serve them in any way possible – tacos, quesadillas, over rice, or you can legit just serve them off a baking sheet.

Hey, that’s what I did all week.

Ain’t nobody got time for tacos after a 10-hour work day. Just give me the shredded pork, a fork and I’m good.

Especially with this Instant Pot situation. Simply brown the meat, add your seasonings, and close the lid. 30 minutes later, you have carnitas perfection.

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas - There's nothing better (or easier!) than making perfectly shredded, juicy, tender pork carnitas right in your pressure cooker!

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

There’s nothing better (or easier!) than making perfectly shredded, juicy, tender pork carnitas right in your pressure cooker!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 (4-pound) boneless pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed and cut into 3-inch chunks
  • 1 (12-ounce) pilsner or lager beer
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high saute setting.
  2. Heat canola oil; working in two batches, add pork and cook until evenly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Stir in beer, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, oregano, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 30 additional minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Remove pork shoulder from the Instant Pot® and shred the meat using two forks; season with salt and pepper, to taste, if needed.
  5. OPTIONAL: Preheat oven to broil. Place pork onto a baking sheet and broil until crisp and crusted, about 2-3 minutes.
  6.  Serve immediately.

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