Best Instant Pot Pork Shoulder

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Instant pot pork shoulder is a quick, tasteful, and convenient dish you can make in an hour. It is made with pork shoulder, spices, and vegetables. This dish is wholesome and a great option for feeding a large crowd.

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Shredded pork Shoulder

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Pork usually takes a lot of time to cook. But when you have an instant pot, the cooking time reduces significantly. So, if you love making pork but don’t have time, use an instant pot for cooking pork shoulder!

This instant pot pork shoulder is quick and very tasteful. It is a great ingredient that you can use in a variety of ways. Make sliders or burgers with it. It is a great topping for stuffed potatoes or on gnocchi. Or you can enjoy it with rice or noodles. There are so many ways you can enjoy this juicy and succulent meat. Moreover, you can also make it in advance and store it for later use. This is a very convenient recipe that you will love.

Ingredients breakdown

  • Pork shoulder: The main ingredient used for this recipe is the pork shoulder. When buying pork shoulder, make sure the skin is removed.
  • Cooking oil: You can use any vegetable oil you like for this recipe.
  • Broth: Use vegetable or chicken broth for this recipe. The broth will not just add flavor to the dish but will also ensure it cooks easily and doesn’t dry out.
  • Carrots: Adding fresh carrots add flavor and color to this dish.
  • Celery stalk: It adds an earthy and salty flavor.
  • Onion: It adds a slightly sweet and savory flavor to the dish.
  • Garlic: It adds an intense and savory flavor to this dish.
  • Paprika: Paprika has a slightly sweet and spicy flavor that tingles the taste buds.
  • Cumin: Cumin has a nutty, warm, and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Orange juice: Orange juice adds a citrusy and slightly sweet flavor. It is used as a glaze.
  • Seasoning: Season this instant pork shoulder with salt and black pepper according to your taste.

How to Make Instant Pot Pork Shoulder

For this recipe, you will first sear the pork on saute mode, deglaze the pot, and then add the other ingredients into the pot to finish cooking. Searing the pork adds a lot of great flavor, so don’t skip this step!

Raw Pork shoulder

Press the saute button on the Instant Pot and set it to high. Season the pork with salt and pepper. When the pot is hot, add the cooking oil and let it heat up for a few seconds. Add the pork to the pot and brown it on all sides. This takes about 3-4 minutes per side. Refrain from moving the pork around in the pot until it’s had long enough to brown.

Raw pork Shoulder in the Instant Pot

If your pot becomes too hot on high and starts to beep with the HOT warning, you can periodically turn it to Low or if you don’t have a low setting, you can turn it off for 30 seconds.

When the pork is all browned, turn off saute mode and transfer the pork to a plate. You need to pour in the water and deglaze the pan, but be careful not to do this right after turning off the pot because it will be really hot and could splatter back up at you. Wait 30 seconds to pour in the water.

Browned pork Shoulder in the Instant Pot

Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Squeeze the juice from the orange into the pot, then put the rind in. Add back in the pork and nestle it in.

Lock on the lid and set the vent to sealing. Pressure cook on high for 60 minutes. When the time is up, allow a natural release of pressure, typically 10-15 minutes. Remove the pork from the pot and slice or shred to use how you wish.

Cooked pork Shoulder in the Instant Pot

Substitutions and Variations

Here are a few ingredients that you can add to make this taste even better:

  • Brown sugar: The juice from an orange is a great way to bring sweetness to this dish. However, if you don’t have an orange or orange juice, you can use brown sugar as well.
  • Herbs: Use fresh or dried herbs like oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage to add more flavors to this dish.
  • BBQ sauce: Add some BBQ sauce to the pot to get southern-inspired flavors.
  • Asian flavors: To get Asian flavors in this dish, use soy sauce, sriracha, and hoisin sauce.
Shredded pork Shoulder and carrots

How to Store Instant Pot Pork Shoulder?

Once the pork shoulder reaches room temperature, place it in an air-tight container and refrigerate. It will last for up to a week. You can make portions and store them in a freezer-safe container to extend its shelf-life. Freeze for up to 2 months. Reheat on the stovetop and enjoy.

You can serve this dish with any side dish you like. That’s the best part – they go with everything.

Try serving them with these sides that you can also make in the Instant Pot:

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Shredded pork Shoulder

Best Instant Pot Pork Shoulder

Instant pot pork shoulder is a quick, tasteful, and convenient dish you can make in an hour. It is made with pork shoulder, spices, and vegetables. This dish is wholesome and a great option for feeding a large crowd.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.81 from 26 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Pressurize Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 149 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pound pork shoulder skin removed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • 2 carrots cut in chunks
  • 1 celery stock cut in chunks
  • 1/2 onion cut in chunks
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1/2 orange

Instructions
 

  • Press the saute button and set it to high. Season the pork with salt and pepper. When the pot is hot, add the cooking oil. Add the pork and brown on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove the pork. Pour in the water and deglaze the pan. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Squeeze the juice from the orange, then put the rind in the pot. Add back in the pork and nestle it among the veggies.
  • Lock on the lid and set the vent to sealing. Pressure cook on high for 60 minutes. When the time is up, allow a natural release of pressure, typically 10-15 minutes. Remove the pork from the pot and slice or shred to use how you wish.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 14gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 651mgPotassium: 333mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2615IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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