Spring has sprung and this may seem like a Summer meal, but you can do it all in the comfort of your kitchen any time! I’m serving up this Southern Pulled Pork with Orange Sauce today, which is a house favorite and I know it will be one of yours, too.
Instead of a slow roast in the oven I opted to get the job done quicker using my Instant Pot, and the result was incredible. You’re going to want to put this orange sauce on everything, too. Trust me!
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You can get this Pulled Pork with Orange Sauce on the dinner table in about 30 minutes (excluding slow-cooker time) and the orange sauce is amazing. I used the Smithfield Sweet & Smoky Marinated Fresh Pork Roast as the base for this recipe and bumped up the flavors even more with some ginger, citrus and Marsala wine before turning on my Instant Pot.
The result is fall apart, unctuous, amazing pulled pork. I shred the pork and give it a quick pan fry to crisp up the edges before topping with the orange sauce. The edges get all caramelized and crispy, but that is completely up to you. The orange sauce is so easy to prep and is packed with flavor.
So, about this orange sauce. Incredible.
The clove and cinnamon mixed with the tangy citrus is brilliant.
In a saucepan place the sugar, orange juice, zest, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, red pepper flakes and ground clove. Turn heat to medium and cook until thickened, stirring often. The sauce will be a thick amber. The aroma of the citrus, cinnamon and clove is off the hook good and goes perfectly with the Smithfield Sweet & Smoky Marinated Fresh Pork Roast. The pork is so tender and that lovely smokey flavor adds to the orange sauce.
The result is one amazing sweet, smokey, spiced and tangy sauce to dip your pulled pork in, pour over and stuff in a sandwich, or drizzle on top of the roasted vegetables as a side.
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Southern Pulled Pork with Orange Sauce - marinated pork quickly cooked then served with an aromatic orange sauce made with orange juice, zest, cinnamon and cloves that's perfect for dipping or in a sandwich.
- 2 lb Smithfield Sweet & Smoky Marinated Fresh Pork Roast
- Cooking Sauce:
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- ⅓ soy sauce
- ⅓ cup Marsala wine
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp ground ginger or fresh
- Orange Sauce:
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp ground clove
- Combine the cooking sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk to mix thoroughly. Set aside.
Place the Smithfield Sweet & Smoky Marinated Fresh Pork Roast in the Instant Pot and pour cooking sauce over. Close lid and venting valve, then press Meat setting to start cooking.
When meat is done, release vent valve and open lid. Shred pork using 2 forks, discarding any large pieces of fat. Cover with lid to keep warm and make the sauce.
In a saucepan place sugar, orange juice, zest, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, red pepper flakes and ground clove. Turn heat to medium and cook until thickened. Stir often. The sauce will be an thick amber, almost clear color at this point.
- Serve sauce with the pulled pork and roasted vegetables.
If you're converting meat from a slow cooker to an Instant Pot, follow this rule: if the meat dish cooks in eight hours on low or four hours on high in the slow cooker, it will cook in 25-30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Make sure the Instant Pot setting reads "sealing" and not "venting" to ensure it's cooked properly.