1 yellow onion, sliced
2 cups chicken stock
juice from 1 orange
juice from 2 or 3 limes
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 bay leaves
Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes. Will take about 10-15 minutes to reach pressure, then it will start counting down from 30. After the 30 minutes is up, do a NATURAL RELEASE for 15 minutes. It will start counting up to 15. Then do a QUICK RELEASE, where you move the valve to VENTING to release any more steam. Once all the steam is gone, you can safely open the instant pot.
Gently remove all the carnitas and transfer to a rimmed baking quarter sheet. Discard the bay leaves.
Reduce the cooking liquid in the instant pot by pressing SAUTE. Cook down for 10 minutes.
Shred the carnitas into bite size pieces using 2 forks. Set your oven to BROIL.
After the sauce has cooked down, spoon 1/2 a cup of the sauce and onions over the carnitas.
BROIL the carnitas for 5 minutes, until crispy. If I have time, I like to turn the carnitas a few times and keep broiling in 5 minute increments. This really caramelizes the fat and gives it the most amazing texture and flavor.
Will keep in an airtight container for 5 days, or frozen for 6 months.
Meal Prep Instructions: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. I love these plastic ramekins to hold salsa or guacamole. HEATING: These are delicious cold served as a salad! Or, to heat, remove the salsa and/or guacamole ramekins, and either microwave until warm, about 3-5 minutes (I like to sprinkle in a little water to help it steam and prevent it from drying out). Or reheat in a 350ºF oven until warm, 10-15 minutes. Can also reheat in a skillet over medium heat until warm, about 5-10 minutes.