The most amazing carnitas are so easy to make!
Just look at that crispy, caramelized pork! This meat is so juicy and tender and tasty!
Do you know why carnitas are the best? I mean, you probably do if you’re reading this post but let me put it out there anyway – in bullet form, of course:
- carnitas are stupid simple to make, requiring little prep and little hands-on time
- it makes a ton, so you can freeze half for a rainy day
- the whole family will love them… because tacos!
- perfect weekend meal + makes a weeknight feel special… because taco party!
- they’re DELICIOUS!
The Instant Pot does all the heavy lifting in this recipe and it’s the reason that you can have this ready so quickly (relative to a slow cooker, which takes all day). The meat cooks in a sweet and tangy sauce made up of orange juice, lime juice and spices. Once the meat is done pressure cooking, you pour it out onto a sheet pan and then let the broiler take over. Broil the meat before you eat it so that you’ll get tender AND crispy meat. The BEST.
If this recipe looks a bit familiar, that’s because it is. I figured out the secret to good carnitas awhile ago when I shared this slow cooker carnitas recipe on the blog. I thought about just updating that recipe to include notes on how to make this in an Instant Pot, but so many of you like it the way it is so I didn’t want to suddenly change up the ingredients/method on you. Instead, I’m sharing this recipe which is similar, but to be honest – I like this one better.
Go ahead and make some tacos!
- 1 (3 pound) pork shoulder roast
- 1 onion, chopped
- 5 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Add all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 75 minutes at high pressure.
- Naturally release pressure.
- Shred the pork using two forks.
- Place the meat onto a foil-lined baking sheet, ladling some of the sauce on top. Broil the meat for 10 minutes, stirring the pork at the halfway mark. The edges of the pork start to brown and crisp up.
- Spoon more sauce onto the pork prior to serving.
- Store the carnitas in their sauce to maintain flavor and moisture. Broil the meat prior to serving.
- Serve with: avocado, salsa, limes, cilantro, red onion and tortillas.
- If you would like to reduce the cook time, then cut the pork shoulder into smaller pieces.