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Smoked Carnitas in the Instant Pot

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!

Watch my video below where I show you how to cook this recipe step by step.


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