September 25, 2015

Pressure Cooker Carnitas

Delicious carnitas made so quickly and easily in a pressure cooker. It takes almost as long to cut up the pork into cubes as it does to cook it in the pressure cooker. I don't think I'll ever go back to slow cooking again. Just amazing. Enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Carnitas

Yield: 12-16 servings
  • 1 4-5 lbs. pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat (outside only), cut into 1-1.5 inch "cubes"
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups water
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Heat stove top pressure cooker over medium high heat. Brown meat on most sides, if possible.
  3. Add spices and mix.
  4. Add onions and mix.
  5. Add water and mix. Add the bone (from the pork shoulder) and push to the bottom.
  6. Cook at medium to medium high pressure for 45 minutes.
  7. Release pressure via the quick release method.
  8. If you want it crispy, continue below. Otherwise, serve immediately.
  9. Remove pork. Uncover and cook one hour to reduce cooking liquid.
  10. Set oven to broil.
  11. Transfer pork and cooking liquid to large baking sheet.
  12. Pull apart larger pieces with two forks, and then press pork into roughly uniform thickness.
  13. Place under broiler for 2-5 minutes until browned. Use a large, flat spatula to flip the pork and brown again for 2-5 minutes more.

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