3 of the Best Instapot Pork Recipes

3 go to recipes for a pork butt or shoulder.  All three can be made in either a crockpot or Instapot.


  1. Carnitas Tacos. This recipe comes from Epicurious, and has been my go to for years now (probably the sweetened condensed milk). If you want to feel a bit healthier, omit the lard, I don’t notice a big difference either way.  Serve with corn tortillas and cilantro/onion topping…Dice white onion, dice one bunch cilantro, mix together with juice of one lime.
  2. Cubans.  If you dont have a press, you can use a heavy pot or iron skillet to press your sandwiches for a toasty finish.
  3. Asian Pork Tacos.  These are damn delicious.  You can double the recipe and freeze half for an easy freezer meal.

Instructions:  Sear 3 lb pork but in sesame oil on all sides.  Mix the following ingredients and pour over pork:

  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
  • ½ cup Hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Sriracha to taste

Set the insta pot high pressure, and cook for 1 hour.  Serve with the following:  Flour tortillas, pickled jalapeño and cucumber topping, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, cilantro.

Pickled jalapeño and cucumber topping:  Mix the following and let sit while pork is cooking, even better over night. 

  • 1 cucumber sliced thin and halved
  • 4-6 jalapenos sliced thin
  • 6 tablespoons rice wine
  • 4 tablespoons sugar


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