This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is going to become your new favorite pulled pork recipe. It comes together so quickly and tastes amazing.
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
I love pulled pork, but I don’t always think ahead enough to leave it in the crock pot for 6-8 hours. Is it possible to get the same tenderness and flavor without cooking it all day? YES. This is where the instant pot comes in! After cooking for ONE hour you’ve got melt in your mouth, flavor packed pork. This is why I am obsessed with my instant pot; the super high pressure gets the meat so tender in such a short time.
What Cut of Pork Should I Use?
A lot of people suggest using pork shoulder for pulled pork. However, I find that the shoulder can be a little too fatty. I found that using a pork butt roast was less fatty and it was also cheaper! I still got that fall-apart-melt-in-your-mouth tenderness without as much fat. If you do use pork shoulder, just make sure to trim it well and when you are shredding it watch for the bigger pieces of fat and remove them before putting the pork back in the pot.
Ideas for Serving
The obvious choice here is a nice pulled pork sandwich or slider on a brioche bun with coleslaw! Try our homemade coleslaw. However, if you aren’t feeling like a sandwich, you could always make BBQ Pork Nachos or serve it over Homemade Mac & Cheese with lots of barbecue sauce on top. Whatever way you decide to serve it – it will be delicious! If you are looking for other pork recipes, try our Instant Pot Pork Chops with Gravy or our Complete Guide to Make a Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad.
How to Make Instant Pot Pulled Pork
For the Spice Rub
- In a small bowl, mix all spice rub ingredients together.
- Cut pork butt roast into 2 equally sized pieces. Rub the spice mix all over each piece of pork until coated all over.
- Set your instant pot to "Saute" mode. Add olive oil.
- When olive oil is heated, add one pork piece to the pot and sear about 3 minutes on each side. Then remove from the pot. Repeat with the second piece of pork.
- Add chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce (optional) to the instant pot. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up any burned bits from the bottom of the pot.
- Add the barbecue sauce and stir. Add all of the pork pieces.
- Cover the instant pot, set the lid to "Sealing", and press the "Manual" button. Set the timer for 60 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, turn the instant pot off and let it naturally release for 20 minutes. Then do a quick release.
- Take the pork out of the pot and shred it using two forks. The pork should shred easily. Return the shredded pork to the pot and stir it around in the juices. Serve immediately. You can add more barbecue sauce if desired.
- 6-Quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (See Instant Pot Note Below)