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Al Pastor Pork Carnitas

Al Pastor Carnitas

Great carnitas are the perfect combination of juicy meat and crispy edges. Pork Al Pastor has a fruity, tangy but deeply savory flavor. This recipe nails it all while also cutting down on cook time by using an electric pressure cooker. What’s not to love??

Preparation:
5 min
Cooking:
45 min
Ready in:
1 h 20 min

Instructions

  1. Season pork pieces on all sides using entire packet of seasoning.
  2. Set InstaPot to saute mode, and add oil. Working in batches as needed, add seasoned pork pieces and cook undisturbed for two minutes on at least 2 sides. When all pieces are browned, add sliced onion, water, and lime juice. Stir to combine.
  3. Seal InstaPot and set to cook at high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow for natural release for 5 minutes, and then carefully use the quick release method for any remaining pressure.
  4. Use tongs to remove pork pieces to a large bowl and use two forks to shred pork. Reserve cooking juices for broiling step.
  5. When ready to serve, heat broiler to high. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding, spread shredded pork and pineapple chunks onto a baking sheet and spoon 1 cup reserved cooking juices over. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until most liquid has evaporated and pork and pineapple are browned and crispy. Serve immediately with your favorite taco toppings.

Notes

This recipe is a make-ahead dream! Complete steps 1-4 and store shredded pork and juices (separately) in the fridge until ready to broil and serve. Store finished carnitas in the fridge for up to 5 days for delicious leftovers: scramble into eggs or use to fill a quesadilla.

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