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Orange Cinnamon Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This orange cinnamon pulled pork is my go-to comfort food. It's sweet, tangy, and so tender, it just falls apart. Cooked in an instant pot, it's a breeze to make!

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Who doesn't love the zesty punch of orange and the sweet warmth of cinnamon? Picture this: tender pork shoulder, slow-cooked in a tangy marinade, falling apart at the touch of a fork. That's what I'm whipping up today. Get ready to taste the juiciest, most flavorful pulled pork you've ever had. A seductive blend of citrus and spice, this dish is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. This isn't your average pulled pork - it's a flavor experience. So, let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Orange Cinnamon Pulled Pork

  • Pork shoulder: Tender and flavorful cut that shreds beautifully after slow cooking, perfect for making succulent pulled pork.
  • Orange juice: Adds a bright citrus flavor that complements the richness of the pork, creating a delicious sweet and tangy sauce.
  • Soy sauce: Provides a savory umami depth to the dish, balancing the sweetness of the orange juice and brown sugar.
  • Brown sugar: Sweetens the sauce and helps caramelize the pork, adding a rich and slightly sticky texture to the dish.
  • Cinnamon: Infuses a warm and aromatic flavor to the pulled pork, enhancing the overall taste with a hint of spice.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Pulled Pork

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork quickly and efficiently.
  • Two forks: Used to shred the cooked pork into tender, pulled pieces for serving.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3 lbs pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Season the pork shoulder with salt, pepper, cinnamon, and garlic powder.
  2. Place the seasoned pork in the Instant Pot.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the orange juice, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Pour over the pork.
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 60 minutes.
  5. Once done, allow for natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure.
  6. Shred the pork using two forks.
  7. Serve the pulled pork on buns or over rice.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 380 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 30 g | Total Fat: 22 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 110 mg | Sodium: 580 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 9 g | Calcium: 40 mg | Potassium: 560 mg | Iron: 2.5 mg | Vitamin A: 50 µg | Vitamin C: 30 mg

Tips for Making and Storing Pulled Pork Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pulled pork as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the pork to cool completely.
  • Store the pulled pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the pulled pork completely.
  • Place the pulled pork in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label the container with the date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.

One unique tip for this orange cinnamon instant pot pulled pork recipe is to add a splash of apple cider vinegar before cooking. It helps to tenderize the meat and adds a subtle tangy flavor to the dish.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Can I use a different cut of meat for this recipe?
Yes, you can use pork loin or pork tenderloin as alternatives to pork shoulder. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Can I substitute the orange juice with something else?
You can substitute orange juice with apple juice or pineapple juice for a different flavor profile.
How can I make this recipe spicier?
To add some heat, you can include a chopped jalapeño or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the recipe.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the pulled pork ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just reheat before serving.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
Absolutely! Store the leftover pulled pork in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

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