Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

My original oven recipe for pork carnitas uses real sugar soda which of course is not good for you.  So I made these with 100% orange juice instead.  The result is perfectly delicious, perfectly flavored meat.


  •   1.  Cut the meat into chunks and season with salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin.  Add the diced onion.  Brown the seasoned meat and onion in a small amount of oil.  You can do this with the sauté function on the instant pot.   You do not use the instant pot lid when sautéing.  Stir occasionally to brown on all sides
  • Add garlic and orange juice.  Close the lid and pressure cook on high for 30 minutes with 15 minutes natural release.  Then release remaining pressure and carefully open the lid. 
  • Remove any bones and shred the meat adding extra cooking liquid back to the meat.   If you like you can put the meat under the broiler (in the oven) to crisp the edges for 5 to 10 minutes.  I put the meat in my iron skillet and broil with about a 1/2 T. coconut sugar sprinkled over the top to help it caramelize.  
  • 4.  Salt and pepper to taste and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top.  
  • 5.  Serve in tortillas with your favorite toppings…shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsaguacamole, shredded cheese, and sour cream.  

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