Instant Pot Pulled Pork is a pork shoulder that has cooked long enough to become super tender, and it has a ton of flavor! Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork is made in a fraction of the normal time!
Delicious pulled pork made in the Instant Pot is good on tortillas, buns, and over your favorite starch (potatoes, rice, etc.).
Originally published on Jan 15, 2018
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
You may not think that pulled Pork made in a pressure cooker would be that great, but let me tell you that it is awesome!
This is an Instant Pot Dump and Start recipe so it is very easy, and takes a fraction of the time that pulled pork normally takes with other cooking methods.
You can make this pulled pork recipe just the way you like it, from spicy to a more mild and sweet barbecue.
The Steps to Make Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
Start with a pork shoulder roast that you have trimmed most of the fat off of. Then cut it into 1-pound chunks. Pictured is a 3-pound roast, so I cut it in 3 equal pieces. This will ensure even cooking, and faster results. Use whatever size roast you have, but cut it into the 1-pound chunks.
Rub the spice rub mixture onto all sides of the pieces generously, and place in the pot on top of the onions and liquid (in this case, it’s Dr. Pepper® pop).
When finished cooking, remove the pieces of meat to a bowl and use 2 forks to shred the meat. It will be very tender. Then season a little more, add back some of the cooking liquid, and serve (with your favorite bbq sauce for even more flavor).
How to Serve Instant Pot Pulled Pork
• Make a fabulous Instant Pot Pulled Pork sandwich, served on a soft kaiser roll. Add any toppings you like, or just the meat.
• You can also serve over potatoes or rice.
• Make pulled pork tacos!
• Try Pulled Pork on Mac and Cheese, it’s amazing!
The meat is shredded after cooking and can be used for pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, served over rice, or with potatoes.
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If you make this delicious pressure cooker pulled pork recipe, please leave me a comment below. Let me know how you liked it!
Instant Pot Pulled Pork is delicious and super tender pork shoulder. The meat can be used for pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, served over rice, or with potatoes.
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
- 3 teaspoons Chili Powder
- 2 teaspoons Cumin
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Powder (optional), for heat
- 3-4 lbs Pork Shoulder Roast (Pork Butt) Fat trimmed off, and cut in 1lb chunks
- 1 Onion, cut in eighths
- 1 (12 oz) can Dr. Pepper or Cola (or 1 ½ cups chicken stock or water)
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (or more to taste)
- ½ teaspoon Salt (or more to taste)
Mix the spices together for the rub. Remove 2 Tablespoons of the mix and set aside for later.
Rub all sides of the pork roast chunks generously with the spice rub. Set meat aside.
Cut the onion into 8 pieces (cut in half, then cut each half into 4 pieces). Put the onion into the inner cooking pot of the pressure cooker.
Pour the can of pop (or water/broth) into the the pot over the onion*.
Set the pork chunks on top of the onions. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the pork.
Place the lid on and lock into place. Set the steam release knob to the sealing position.
Press the Pressure Cook/Manual Button (or use dial) and then the +/- button (or dial) to choose 65 minutes. High Pressure.
After the cooking time has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 15 minutes. Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position (or push button) to manually Quick Release the remaining pressure/steam.
When the pin in the lid drops down, open it and remove the meat to a large bowl. Use a slotted spoon to get the onions out and add to the meat. Use two forks to shred the meat.
Sprinkle the reserved spice rub and ½ tsp salt into the meat. Mix well. Taste and add more salt and/or brown sugar, if desired.
Use a large spoon (or a fat separator) to skim off the fat from the cooking liquid that is still in the pot. Then add ½ - 1 cup of the liquid to the meat and mix in. You can add more of the liquid to the meat if you like it more moist.
Serve on buns, or over rice or potatoes, or in tortillas.
*To add a more spicy kick, add a chipotle in adobo sauce added in with the cooking liquid.
Resources to Make Pulled Pork Recipe in the Instant Pot
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Can I use pork tenderloin?
I haven’t tried that cut for this recipe. I think I would cut the cook time way down to maybe 30 minutes if I did. I would want to test it before making an official recommendation.
I made this in March of 2019 and just found it again. I had emailed it to a friend because it was incredibly delicious! Smelled amazing! Can’t wait to make it again soon. Thank you!
Absolutely delicious. Big hit!!
I have 2 (boneless) pieces that total about 5.5 pounds. Could I leave the 2 pieces as is instead of cutting into chunks? Also, should I be adding extra liquid / cooking time?
You can leave them uncut, but the cook time may be a little longer. It really depends on the thickness of the chunks. You can leave the liquid the same and it will work well.
I have to say, every person who said this recipe was amazing was right! The meat was tender and moist and the seasoning blend was so delicious! I had some left over after making this so I put it on popcorn and it was awesome! Highly recommend (both the pork and the popcorn!)
Wait, you put pulled pork on popcorn?! That sounds amazing! I never would have thought to do that!