Instant Pot Carnitas (Crispy Mexican Pulled Pork)

Instant Pot Carnitas (Crispy Mexican Pulled Pork)

3 ¼ pounds (~1475g) pork shoulder meat (pork butt meat), cut into 2 – 2¼ inches cubes
200ml (~4/5 cup) unsalted chicken stock
Marinade :
4 (13g) garlic cloves, crushed
1 (200g) medium onion, roughly chopped

  • Prepare Pork Shoulder Meat: Remove rind and bone from the pork shoulder meat. Cut pork shoulder meat into cubes (~2 inches). Keep the excess fat.
  • Marinate Pork Shoulder Cubes: Place pork shoulder cubes & fat into the Instant Pot’s inner pot. Season very generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Add 4 crushed garlic cloves, chopped onion, 1 tsp (2g) ground cumin, 1 tsp (2g) cinnamon powder, 2 bay leaves, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, and juice (55ml) from 1 orange to the inner pot. Mix well and let the meat marinate for 20 minutes.
  • Pressure Cook Pork Shoulder Cubes: Pour ~4/5 cup (200ml) unsalted chicken stock in the inner pot. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 30 minutes + 15 minutes Natural Release. Release the remaining pressure after 15 minutes and open the lid carefully.

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