Instant Pot Carnitas - an easy and versatile recipe! Great for meal prepping, a quick dinner, or to freeze for later. 
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Instant Pot Carnitas

Instant Pot Carnitas - an easy and versatile recipe! Great for meal prepping, a quick dinner, or to freeze for later. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Instant Pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carmy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper or a pinch
  • 3 lbs pork leg/shoulder/butt
  • 1 large onions
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 lime juice

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Mix together all your spices and rub onto the pork. If you have time, I’d recommend letting it sit for an hour but if not, that’s fine as well.
  • Place the pork into the Instant pot then onions, garlic, 1 cup of orange juice, and the juice of one lime.
  • Press the “manual” button and set Instant Pot for high pressure for 45 minutes.
  • Quick release, remove the pork and shred. Place the meat back into the IP and put it on sauté mode and let the juices thicken and coat the meat more.
  • Optional: Using a slotted spoon, place the shredded pork onto a sheet pan and put some of the liquids on before placing it under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp it up.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Mix together all your spices and rub onto the pork. If you have time, I’d recommend letting it sit for an hour but if not, that’s fine as well.
  • Place the pork into the slow cooker then onions, garlic, 1 cup of orange juice, and the juice of one lime.
  • Cook on low heat for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Once done, remove the pork and shred before placing it back in the slow cooker for 30 more minutes.
  • Optional: Using a slotted spoon, place the shredded pork onto a sheet pan and put some of the liquids on before placing it under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp it up.

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