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Instant Pot Smoked Carnitas

Today I experiment by combining two different cooking methods in the search for the tastiest Carnitas that I can make. Smoking it first adds that delicious smokey flavor, and finishing it in the Instant Pot speeds up the total cooking time drastically. I was amazed at how well this turned out, and would highly recommend trying this recipe if you have a smoker and a Instant Pot.


4-5 pound Pork Shoulder

1 Onion

1 Orange

1 Lime

2 teaspoons Salt

2 teaspoons Garlic Powder

2 teaspoons Ground Cumin

1 teaspoon Crumbled Dried Oregano

1 teaspoon Ground Coriander

2-4 Bay Leaves

1 cup Chicken Broth

Start by slicing the Pork into strips. Mix together salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and coriander. Apply to all sides of Pork. Smoke Pork for 1-2 hours, or until a nice dark bark in formed. Once done smoking allow to cool for a few minutes.

Add Chicken Broth, sliced Onion and Pork to the Instant Pot. Squeeze the juice from a whole sliced Orange and Lime on top. Place the pieces into the Instant Pot, as well as a few Bay Leaves. Sprinkle remaining rub on top as well.

Pressure cook on high for 50 minutes. Allow to naturally release when done cooking. Remove and shred pork with a couple of forks. Add shredded Pork back to the Instant Pot to keep warn and ready to serve. Enjoy!

To watch my make this recipe step by step simply watch my video below.


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