Lily, Jena, Meara, and Michael
“Cooking with my kids turns a chore into quality time together. While I love that cooking teaches them some life skills, they also get to be proud to eat something they helped make. I swear it makes them better eaters and more willing to try new foods.” – Jena Beise
Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas
Yields: 6-8 servings
For the mojo sauce:
- 1 cup beer (or chicken stock)
- 1 head garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
For the carnitas:
- 1 (4-5 lbs.) lean boneless pork roast, cut into 2-inch chunks (with excess fat trimmed off)
- 1 batch mojo sauce
- Fine sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or olive oil
For the pineapple salsa topping:
- 2 cups fresh pineapple, finely diced
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
- Fine sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together mojo sauce ingredients until combined. Set aside. Season pork chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Click the “Sauté” setting on the Instant Pot. Add oil, followed by half the pork, and sear — turning every 45-60 seconds — until pork is browned on all sides. Transfer pork to a plate and repeat with remaining pork. Press “Cancel” to turn off heat.
Place all cooked pork back into the Instant Pot and add mojo sauce, tossing to combine. Close lid securely and set vent to “Sealing.” Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes, followed by a natural release (about 15 minutes).
Set oven broiler to high heat. Remove Instant Pot lid. Shred pork, then transfer with a slotted spoon to a large baking sheet. Spoon about 1/3 of the leftover juices evenly on top of pork and toss to combine. Broil for 4-5 minutes, or until the edges of the pork begin browning and crisping up. Remove baking sheet from oven, then pour 1/2 of the remaining juices from the Instant Pot evenly over pork and toss to combine. Broil for an additional 5 minutes to get meat even crispier. Remove baking sheet from oven, then ladle the remaining juices over pork and toss to combine.
Combine all the pineapple salsa ingredients and serve on tacos, burritos, salad, or whatever sounds good to you!