Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is going to become your new favorite pulled pork recipe. It comes together so quickly and tastes amazing. 

A tray of pulled pork sliders made with pulled pork and coleslaw

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

I love pulled pork, but I don’t always think ahead enough to leave it in the slow cooker 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: through the process of pressure cooking the meat so tender in such a short time.

If you haven’t tried any Instant Pot recipes yet, this is a terrific one to start with. You can also make Sunday Pot RoastCorned Beef and Cabbage or Chicken Cordon Bleu in minutes, rather than hours!


  • Pork Shoulder or Pork Butt Roast: See our tips below for the best cut of meat to use for pulled pork.
  • Chicken Broth: Water or vegetable broth can also be used, but the chicken broth gives a richer taste to the meat.
  • Barbecue Sauce: Try our homemade barbecue sauce recipe or use your favorite bottled BBQ sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This tenderizes the meat as well as adding flavor.
  • Spice Rub: This homemade spice rub includes brown sugar for sweetness, chili powder for a little kick, and then onion, garlic, paprika, and mustard seasonings to flavor the pork.
An instant pot full of bbq pulled pork on a white background

What is the Best Cut of Meat to Use?

There are many cuts of meat you can use in this dish. A lot of people suggest using pork shoulder for pulled pork. Sometimes you can find a good boneless pork shoulder roast without too much fat.  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. You can also use pork tenderloin or pork loin to make pulled pork.

Ideas for Serving

The obvious choice here is a nice pulled pork sandwich or slider with bbq sauce 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 fill some tortillas with the pork and some cheese for delicious quesadillas. This pork also makes mouthwatering pork carnitas. Or try serving it over Homemade Mac & Cheese with lots of barbecue sauce on top. Whatever way you decide to serve it – it will be incredible! 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.

More Instant Pot Recipes

  • Easiest Instant Pot Meatballs – This is the easiest way to make meatballs EVER. No browning or sautéing. Just throw them in the sauce uncooked and let the Instant Pot do the rest!
  • Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo – A low-maintenance, weeknight dinner that tastes incredible. You just throw everything in the pot and then walk away. 
  • Sunday Pot Roast (Instant Pot) – This method of cooking a Pot Roast is as tender as a traditional recipe but cooks in less than half the time!
  • Instant Pot Gumbo – Loaded with andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp, this gumbo is BURSTING with Creole and Cajun flavors.

How to Make Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Pulled pork sliders on a marble tray with a black and white checkered napkin underneath

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

5 from 3 votes
This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is going to become your new favorite pulled pork recipe. It comes together so quickly and tastes amazing. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


  • 6-Quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (See Instant Pot Note Below)


For the Spice Rub

Pulled Pork


  • 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.



Instant Pot Note: We use a 6-quart Instant Pot brand pressure cooker that we bought in 2016. Different or newer versions may be more sensitive to the “BURN” notice. If you are concerned about the burn notice, please refer to the Instant Pot webpage about Overheat Protection, found HERE.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.3lbsCalories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 29gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 532mgPotassium: 606mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 363IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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