Making pressure cooker pulled pork is easy and can be used to make a variety of dishes. After cooking, you can use this flaky pork in a number of different BBQ or Mexican recipes. This not only makes it one of the best pressure cooker recipes but also makes it one of the most versatile.
Today, we are going to use the pressure cooker to make pulled pork carnitas. A food that was invented in Michoacán de Ocampo, and literally means “tiny meats.” Traditionally, this food is made by cooking the pork in oil for four hours or until the pork becomes tender. This recipe tries to adhere to this original recipe as much as possible, but there has been a few changes made to it to not only adapt it to pressure cooking but to make it more palatable to American tastes. If you want to keep it more traditional, then skip the spices and only use an onion, a bay leaf, salt and pepper.
The pressure cooker I use in this recipe is the standard model that you place on your burner. If you don’t have one of these models, then you can browse pressure cooker reviews to find one. However, if you want you can also use an electric model pressure cooker. You’ll just have to adjust some of the directions.
- 1 3-4 pound pork roast
- 2 tablespoons corn oil
- 2 grated carrots
- 2 limes (quartered)
- 1 head of lettuce (washed)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 3 cups water
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon coriander
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preparation (24 hours before): Mix all of your spices in a bowl and cutting your pork into large pieces. Now take the spices and the diced onions and rub them all over the pork pieces. Wrap them up in plastic and leave them in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat your pressure cooker, add oil and brown your pork. After it has been thoroughly browned, add 3 cups of water and close the pressure cooker.
Bring the cooker to high pressure and set it so it maintains this pressure. Start your timer and cook for approximately 1 hour.
Using the natural release method, allow the cooker to cool down. Once the cooker has cooled, remove the pork from it and plate it. After you’ve done that, use a fork to break it into tiny pieces.
Place the pork into a frying pan and pour some of the liquid from the pressure cooker into it. Fry it until it is browned.
Take your lettuce and make little cups out of them. Then spoon your shredded pork into them and sprinkle shredded carrots over them. Serve them with your lime wedges.