If you have BBQ sauce and pork shoulder, you can make this awesome Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork! Fall-apart tender pork is pressure cooked and served on a bun with a smoky-sweet barbecue sauce. You get all the flavor of slow cooked pulled pork in a fraction of the time.
This is a pressure cooker twist on a popular slow cooker recipe. The recipe has only three ingredients—vegetable oil, pork, and barbecue sauce. Plus, it takes very little prep time and comes together in a fraction of the time of making it in the slow cooker, with the same delicious results and set-it-and-forget-it ease.
Pulled pork is great because it makes enough to feed a crowd!
However, if you don’t have a crowd to feed, it freezes well too. I like to freeze it in individual portions so I have extras to take for lunch or for when I need a quick dinner.
Making Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork in an Instant Pot
An Insta Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create these delicious Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork!
Since this is such an easy recipe, I’ve gotten a number of repeat questions over the years. Here’s what you need to know:
What Kind of Meat to Use to Make Pulled Pork
I prefer pork shoulder because it has a little more fat to it. Pork shoulder is also an inexpensive cut of meat, which is nice when you need to feed a crowd. However, any pork that is good for braising would be a good fit for this recipe. (See my Pressure Cooker Kalua Pork recipe for a more in-depth discussion on selecting a cut of pork.)
Why Do You Brown the Pork?
I browned the roast to bump up the flavor. (See all the browned bits on the bottom of the pan in this picture? Those are automatic flavor boosters.)
However, if you’re if you’re cooking from frozen, you’ll want to skip this step. (Frozen meat doesn’t brown as well.)
You can also skip it if you are in a hurry or feeling a bit lazy. (Some days are just like that.)
Use an instant-read thermometer to verify your pork is at least 205°F in the thickest part after cooking.
What Kind of Barbecue Sauce Do You Use for Pulled Pork?
My husband and I really like KC Masterpiece Original BBQ Sauce in this pulled pork recipe. It’s smokey and sweet, with just a little kick. However, you can use your favorite brand of barbecue sauce in your pulled pork with no change to the water content.
If you prefer homemade, my friend Alyssa has an awesome homemade BBQ sauce recipe.
When serving those with dietary needs (gluten-free or even just picky kids), you can even make the pulled pork without using any BBQ sauce in the pot. I’d probably add some spices or liquid smoke to the meat before cooking to infuse some flavors. Then, just remove a portion of the meat and stir in the barbecue sauce to the remaining portion.
As far as which spices, the sky is the limit! Keep things simple with a teaspoon of onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Like a spicy barbecue? Then add some cayenne pepper or chili powder.
What Kind of Pressure Release to Use for Instant Pot Pulled Pork?
With long cooking meats, a natural pressure release is always best to lock in the flavor and prevent the meat from drying out. If you are in a hurry, I’ve found that a 10 minute natural release, followed with a quick release gets similar results.
Learn more about natural verse quick pressure release in my post.
How to Cook Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork from Frozen
If you didn’t have a chance to defrost your pork, you can cook from frozen. You will need to add 5 minutes per pound. Note that it will take longer to come to pressure.
How to Shred Pulled Pork
Can add some more time if the meat isn’t shredding easily?- meat should shred easily after the cook time. Leaner cuts may not shred as well. If this is the case, you can try adding increments of 10 minutes onto the cook time.
I used my stand mixer to shred the pork instead of forks. It’s quick and easy, but be sure and remove as much fat from the pork as possible before shredding it in the mixer.
How to Double or Half the Recipe for Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
I have gotten a number of questions about doubling our reducing the size of the recipe. You can increase the meat without adding more liquid, just be sure not to fill the pot more than 2/3 full and make sure there is space around the sides of the pot so that it can come to pressure.
If you are using a smaller piece of meat, you will still want to use the same cook time, but just use half the barbecue sauce called for when cooking.
How to Cook Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork in an 8-quart Pressure Cooker
This recipe was developed for a 6-quart pressure cooker. If you are using a larger piece of meat, you may want to use a larger pressure cooker. Just be sure to add enough liquid to have the minimum for the pot to come to pressure. For an 8-quart, that would be a half cup of additional water.
How to Serve Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork?
Pulled pork is a classic barbecue dish, it makes great sandwiches or sliders. I’ve even had readers use it to make pulled pork nachos.
What is your favorite way to serve pulled pork?Makes great sliders- serving option, could be excluded
Here is a quick video to show you how easy this recipe is.
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