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Mr. H spoiled the family with a Black Friday deal. He splurged and bought us an Instant Pot for a great price. (I mean, I don’t know how anyone could pass up that price!) Neither of us have ever used one, but I have seen so many recipes for them over the years. I used to ignore the recipes, but after receiving the Instant Pot. I searched for recipes immediately. One of the first recipes I found was for Pressure Cooker Carnitas.
Every picture I have ever seen of carnitas look incredibly delicious. I can honestly say I had never tried them before making them on my own. Unfortunately, I cannot give a comparison to any other version because it was my first time eating them.
I love a well-cooked pork dish. Tender, juicy, crisp edges. Everything you want from your pork. Plus a delicious seasoning profile to make it even better. My favorite part was not having to time out cooking it in the morning and hoping the slow cooker would have it done in time for dinner.
Mr. H enjoyed the dish although he wished it had a sauce to go with it. (Something to look into in the future.) He ate his with a little barbecue sauce. I topped mine with hot sauce because I love spicy food. And even little C ate some on his own with barbecue sauce on his (after trying daddy’s, of course.)
I will definitely make this again. The original recipe calls for a pre-seasoned pork shoulder. When I decided to make this, I had already bought an unseasoned one and seasoned it myself. The ingredients listed for the rub are not going to have quantities because I did not measure. Just use to your taste if you decide to also follow along by doing your own seasonings.
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