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Carnitas Pulled Pork

For Mexican dishes with tons of flavor and an amazing taste, make Carnitas Pulled Pork. It’s juicy, delicious, and the flavors are out-of-this-world good!
Categories Clean Eating, Easy Weeknight Dinner, High-Protein, Instant Pot
Difficulty Easy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Release pressure 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 463 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 4 lbs pork loin boneless or bone-in
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbs olive oil

For broiling:

  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Trim fat from pork roast and cut into 4 same size chunks.
  2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together. Add pork chunks to rub mix and coat well.

  3. Add 2 tbs olive oil to Instant Pot and set to sauté. Once it indicates hot, add the pork, but do not crowd.

  4. Sear on each side for about 2 minutes each. Remove pork and set aside on a plate. Repeat with remaining pork pieces.
  5. Once pork is seared and removed from pot, press cancel and add 1/2 cup chicken broth. Use a wooden spoon and deglaze the bottom of the pot. Make sure to scrape up all the bits. Then add remaining chicken broth and orange juice.
  6. Place pork chunks directly into the liquid in the pot, spacing out as best possible. Secure lid and make sure vent is set to sealing. Pressure cook/manual on high pressure for 60 minutes. Then let pressure release naturally for 20 minutes or until pin drops.

  7. Remove pork to a large bowl and shred with 2 forks.

  8. Place meat on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and squeeze lime juice over the top of the meat. Sprinkle with salt.

  9. Place under the broiler until meat is crisp on the edges, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Top meat with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Carnitas Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 1266mg53%
Potassium 1204mg34%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 68g136%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 14.6mg18%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.