InstaPot Carnitas

With school and fall sports in full swing I’ve got a busy schedule to juggle so the InstaPot is one of my favorite gadgets or ways to cook up a quick and easy meal to feed my family. These InstaPot Carnitas were a big hit with my family so I thought it was time to share. Minimal prep and tons of flavor you won’t believe how easy it is to make this. I love that this recipe can serve up a party or crowd in under 1 hour as well making it great for this fall season!

InstaPot Carnitas

Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 12

What You Need


  1. What To Do

    Trim off fat pad (if there) and cut long slits to free up the bone (if there) to fit inside your InstaPot.

    Wash and pat dry your pork shoulder or pork butt.

    Combine all the dry ingredients to make a dry rub then cover your pork all around and in the slits (if bone in).

    Chop onions and turn InstaPot on saute. 

    Saute your onions then drop in your pork. 

    Add in liquids.

    Set on meat/stew function for 30 minutes.  If not fork tender, cover lid and add another 5-10 minutes.

    Remove and shred pork on foil covered sheet pan to crisp up.  

    Broil for 3-5 minutes and enjoy!

    *Optional add ins or toppings:  Jalpenos, cilantro, diced onions, salsa, sour cream, cheese, and limes.

Keywords: pork, carnitas, tailgate, weeknight meals, pot luck entree, instapot

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