Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

August 11, 2021

Our instant pot pulled pork recipe is a simple recipe packed with flavor.

Rather than spending hours smoking or braising your pork shoulder, the instant pot speeds up the cooking process immensely.

This dish tastes better than any restaurant version we’ve ever had because it’s so moist and flavorful.

This easy instant pot pulled pork butt recipe is tender, juicy, and done in no time!

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How to make pulled pork in the instant pot

The basics of how to make our pulled pork recipe instant pot-style is to season the meat, sear the pork sections, saute onions, and cook the meat at high pressure with broth and olive oil.

Overall the steps are pretty simple, all you need is a little time for the instant pot to do it’s magic, and you’ll have the best damn instant pot pulled pork in no time!

Check out this full video tutorial:

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How to serve instant pot bbq pulled pork

Another reason why we love pulled pork in the instant pot is because it is so versatile.

Since instant pot pulled pork butt makes quite a bit of meat, it’s great to know that if you have any leftovers (which we bet you will!) you can turn this recipe into many different meals.

The most obvious way to serve up a meal using pulled pork is to make pulled pork bbq sandwiches. Simply slice a bun, top it with meat and slaw.

For a Tex Mex twist, consider making pulled pork tacos. Pair the pulled pork meat with a warm tortilla, cole slaw, radishes and jalapenos.

A scrumptious side dish (or meal on its own) is to bake a potato and stuff it with pulled pork. You can use either a sweet potato or a traditional russet potato. Hot tip: check out our air fryer baked potato recipe for a perfect baked potato.

Another tasty way to use meat from this dish is to make fried rice by sauteing rice and instant pot pulled pork butt with a scrambled egg and veggies or kimchi.

Pulled Pork

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe:

  • 3-4 pound Boneless Pork Shoulder or Boston Butt
  • ½ cup of your favorite Pork rub (or use our homemade pork rib recipe from our smoked spare ribs recipe!)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup of diced sweet onion
  • ½ cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe:

  1. Cut the pork into sections.
  2. Generously season all sides of your pork pieces with the rub of your choice or use our homemade pork rib recipe from our smoked spare ribs recipe!
  3. Set your instant pot to saute mode and add oil into the instant pot.
  4. Sear the sides of your pork in the instant pot. Note, you may need to do this in two batches in order to not overcrowd the meat while searing.
  5. Remove the meat from the instant pot and add the diced onions. Cook until they soften.
  6. Add the broth to the instant pot to deglaze the pan. Use a spatula to scrape up and loosen any of the brown bits on the pan.
  7. Add all of the seared pork pieces into the instant pot and top with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  8. Close the lid on the instant pot and set to high pressure for 60 minutes.

Once the pressure is released, the instant pot pulled pork is done and it should already start to fall apart! Use a fork to pull apart the meat.

If your meat is tough, it means it needs more time to cook. Reseal the instant pot and cook at high pressure for additional time.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Instant Pot Pulled Pork cuts down the cooking time significantly and creates the most tender, juicy BBQ pulled pork!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound Boneless Pork Shoulder or Boston Butt
  • ½ cup of your favorite Pork rub (or use our homemade pork rib recipe from our smoked spare ribs recipe!)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup of diced sweet onion
  • ½ cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into sections.
  2. Generously season all sides of your pork pieces with the rub of your choice or use our homemade pork rib recipe from our smoked spare ribs recipe!
  3. Set your instant pot to sauté mode and add oil into the instant pot.
  4. Sear the sides of your pork in the instant pot. Note, you may need to do this in two batches in order to not overcrowd the meat while searing.
  5. Remove the meat from the instant pot and add the diced onions. Cook until they soften.
  6. Add the broth to the instant pot to deglaze the pan. Use a spatula to scrape up and loosen any of the brown bits on the pan.
  7. Add all of the seared pork pieces into the instant pot and top with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  8. Close the lid on the instant pot and set to high pressure for 60 minutes.

Notes

Once the pressure is released, the instant pot pulled pork is done and it should already start to fall apart! Use a fork to pull apart the meat.

If your meat is tough, it means it needs more time to cook. Reseal the instant pot and cook at high pressure for additional time.

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Other great instant pot recipes

If you liked this pulled pork instant pot recipe, you’ll love these other mouthwatering instant pot recipes too!

Instant Pot Barbacoa

Our instant pot beef barbacoa recipe is perfect for tacos, quesadillas, and even healthy burrito bowls. The recipe includes instructions for preparation in both an instant pot and a slow cooker. 

Short Rib Pasta

Looking for another meaty instant pot recipe? Instant pot short ribs is a tender, beefy base for our instant pot short rib pasta recipe. It’s a filling, hearty meal perfect for a cool evening. 

Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

Instant pots are great for making soup! Our favorite soup to whip up is instant pot baked potato soup, it’s ready way quicker than cooking it on the stove. 

Instant Pot Tamales

Braised meats and soups are some of the most popular instant pot cooking techniques, but did you know you can also steam your homemade tamales in an instant pot?! Get the details in our instant pot tamales recipe

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