Pulled Pork Carnitas Estilo Michoacan Recipe Instant Pot
Slow cooker, spice-rubbed instant pot carnitas estilo michoacan recipe is touted as the star ingredient in a wrap with some brown rice, cilantro, and a sprinkle of your favorite cheese. Since everyone seems to have their own proprietary spice blend, and their own recipe for a slow cooked carnitas estilo michoacan recipe, here is a solid variation that can be cooked in an instant pot in just under 3 hours with exceptional tenderness and melt-in-your-mouth delicious goodness.
Ingredients for this Slow Cooker Spice-Rubbed Instant Pot carnitas estilo michoacan Recipe
4-6 lb boneless pork shoulder or butt, trimmed of most fat, and cut into large chunks
2 tbsp olive oil
3 C broth (chicken or vegetable) or 1 bottle of your favorite beer
1/4 to 1/2 C spice rub (use your favorite store brand or see the recipe below)
For the spice rub:
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c ground cumin
1/4 c red pepper powder of your choice, paprika, Korean Gochugaru, or even chili powder
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp adobo seasoning or granulated garlic
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp ground mustard
1 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions for this Slow Cooker Instant Pot carnitas estilo michoacan Recipe
Trim some fat off and liberally sprinkle each chunk of pork with the spice rub and set aside. Then cut down the pork into smaller, more digestible pieces.
Heat the olive oil on medium high heat in a sauté pan. Sear the pork pieces, literally browning the meat to caramelize on each side which adds depth of flavor and is the secret step for making this instant pot carnitas estilo michoacan recipe. You can make this recipe without searing, but this step takes only 2-3 minutes per side and makes a palatable difference to the outcome of the slow cooked spice-rubed pork recipe. (See image 5 below)
Preheat your slow cooker. Add the browned pork pieces, the broth, cover and cook on a low setting if you have all day, or on high if you’ll be ready to eat in a few hours.
Test the pork meat for doneness by removing a piece and pulling it apart with two forks. While your hands make shredding carnitas estilo michoacan easy I don’t recommend hand shredding hot meat. Instead, used two forks to hold the pork chunk and pull with the over fork. If the piece shreds this instant pot carnitas estilo michoacan recipe is ready.
Transfer the instant pot carnitas estilo michoacan recipe mea to a serving plate, sprinkling with a last dash of spice rub, and drizzling some of the luscious cooking liquid. Serve over pasta, rice, potatoes or on a roll. Be sure to strain some cooking liquid and present for service so that your guests can add extra au jus if they’d prefer.
Note: You can store the remaining spice rub in an air-tight container in your pantry the next time you want carnitas estilo michoacan recipe, but it’s also great in a sandwich, over rice or with a salad.