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Instant Pot Cuban Pulled Pork

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 111kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 - 4 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (2 medium oranges approx.)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (2 limes approx.)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • Fresh chopped cilantro to garnish (optional)

Instructions

Slow Cooker:

  • Season the pork shoulder with salt and black pepper, rubbing in thoroughly on all sides. Be generous.
  • Place the pork in the Instant Pot. Add garlic, bay leaves, oregano, cumin, orange juice, lime juice and vegetable stock. Mix to combine. Cover.
  • Select “Slow Cook” mode. Cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. The pork should be so tender that meat falls apart easily. Shred the pork with two forks, removing any excess fat, if necessary. Strain the cooking liquid to remove any unwanted residue. 
  • To crisp up pulled pork: Preheat oven broil. Transfer it with a slotted spoon to a large baking sheet. Spoon some of the leftover cooking juices evenly on top of the pork. Broil for 4-5 minutes, or until the edges of the pork are brown and crispy.
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro. Serve immediately or store for later use.
  • Use the Cuban pulled pork to make sandwiches, quesadillas, taquitos, tostadas, etc.

Pressure Cooker:

  • Season the pork shoulder with salt and black pepper, rubbing in thoroughly on all sides. Be generous.
  • Place the pork in the Instant Pot. Add garlic, bay leaves, oregano, cumin, orange juice, lime juice and vegetable stock. Mix to combine. Cover.
  • Select "Meat" mode, then adjust to more until time reads 60 minutes, if necessary. Cook. When the time is over, turn off and let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally, about 10 minutes. Carefully turn the vent to release any extra pressure that might still be in there. Remove the lid.
  • Shred the pork with two forks, removing any excess fat, if necessary. Strain the cooking liquid to remove any unwanted residue.
  • To crisp up pulled pork: Preheat oven broil. Transfer it with a slotted spoon to a large baking sheet. Spoon some of the leftover cooking juices evenly on top of the pork. Broil for 4-5 minutes, or until the edges of the pork are brown and crispy.
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro. Serve immediately or store for later use.
  • Use the Cuban pulled pork to make sandwiches, quesadillas, taquitos, tostadas, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 264mg | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.1mg