Citrus Pork (in the Instant Pot)

Citrus Pork in the Instant Pot

My picky husband and I have been feasting on citrus pork and black beans bowls (and tacos) the last two weeks. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the citrus pork and even more surprised when my picky husband repeatedly requested it multiple times. I definitely found another quick and delicious weeknight meal to make in my Instant Pot.

Citrus Pork in the Instant Pot

During our two-week marathon of citrus pork and black bean tacos (and bowls) I finally perfected an Instant Pot black bean recipe that is delicious on its own. Sometimes I just love a big bowl of beans with cheese and a dollop of sour cream (or guacamole). Once I get some decent photos I’ll share the recipe with you.

Citrus Pork in the Instant Pot

You can shred the pork or cut into bite-size pieces and eat it in a tortilla (we’ve been eating low carb ones) or in a big bowl served over beans, rice, sour cream, and guacamole or sliced avocado. Or if you don’t like avocado, like my picky husband, you can top it with your favorite salsa. I like a little crunch to my tacos so I added Asian slaw too. Enjoy!

Citrus Pork (in the Instant Pot)

Citrus Pork (in the Instant Pot)

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds pork sirloin tip roast (or pork tenderloin, pork butt), cut into ½ pound chunks
  • 4-5 strips bacon, chopped into bite-size pieces (or use 1/3 cup precooked bacon crumbles)
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil (olive, avocado) or unsalted grass fed butter
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ cup orange juice (I used Simply Orange with Mango)
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I like to use Alaea sea salt)
  • 3-4 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Select the “Sauté” mode on the Instant Pot.
  2. Cook bacon until fully cooked and slightly crispy. Skip this step if you are using precooked bacon.
  3. Add the vegetable oil or butter to the hot pot and cook the onions until translucent.
  4. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant making sure the garlic does not burn.
  5. Add the orange juice, stock, and seasoning to the Instant Pot and give it a quick stir.
  6. Select the “Off/Keep Warm” mode on Instant Pot.
  7. Add the pork to the pot and top with the bay leaves.
  8. Select "Manual" mode and press the "+" button until it reads 55-60 minutes. Also make sure your top knob is set to "Seal" and not "Vent".
  9. The Instant Pot will beep at you when it finishes cooking the pork and sets itself to “Keep Warm” mode.
  10. Allow the pressure to release naturally (about 20 minutes).
  11. Remove the bay leaves.
  12. Serve over rice, black beans, or make a delicious taco.

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5 thoughts on “Citrus Pork (in the Instant Pot)

  1. Tonia says:

    When you say 1/2 vegetable stock. How much is that exactly? I don’t have any today and will need to buy it at the store.

    • Tanya says:

      Hi Tonia! Thanks for pointing out the missing “cup” reference. I’ve updated the recipe. If you don’t have vegetable stock you can substitute it with chicken stock or even water. Thanks! Tanya

  2. Tonia says:

    Would you answer one more question as I’m finally getting to make this. Do we add the cooked bacon in with the pork before we turn on instant pot?

    • Tanya says:

      Hi Tonia! You can add the bacon to cook with the pork or if you like the bacon to remain crispy, add the cooked bacon to the pork after it’s cooked. My picky husband prefers adding the bacon after the pork is cooked. Hope it turns out well! Have a great day! Tanya

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