Instant Pot Pulled Pork is a delicious recipe that’s ready in a fraction of the time! Bursting with tons of flavor, this easy instant pot pork recipe will become your go-to for sandwiches, wraps and more.
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe
Hi everyone, Amanda here from Old House to New Home, sharing a pulled pork recipe that will change your world! If you love pulled pork but hate waiting eight hours for it to cook in the slow cooker, then you will love this quick update on the classic recipe.
The meat is incredibly tender and the sauce cooks right with it in the pot. If you’ve got 45 minutes and a few ingredients, you can make this easy instant pot pork for dinner tonight!
Why we love this recipe
- It takes less than an hour to have super tender pork that tastes like it’s been cooking all day.
- It makes its own sauce, which is one less step for you!
- The leftovers make for great lunches.
How to Make Instant Pot Pork
- I like to use a fattier cut of pork, such as a pork butt or shoulder. Do not use a tenderloin for this recipe! A regular pork loin will work for pulled, but the fat is what really makes this pulled pork tender and juicy, so the shoulder or butt is what’s recommended.
- You will brown your pork on both sides and then add the liquids and spices. Can you skip the browning step? Sure. But it only takes a few minutes, its done right in the instant pot and it gives the pork and fantastic depth of flavor. Be sure to season it with salt and pepper first.
- Add ingredients to flavor the instant pot pork and create the sauce. T
- The secret ingredient for adding lots of flavor and southern bbq taste in this recipe is the apple cider vinegar. It serves a dual purpose. The acid in the vinegar acts as a tenderizer and the tartness adds a unique taste that you taste in bbq sauces in North Carolina.
- Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes, and voila! Pork ready for pulling! This instant pot pork is pretty saucy, so you may or may not want to add extra barbecue sauce for serving.
My favorite thing to make with this recipe is just a simple Pulled Pork sandwich served on a spit roll or hamburger bun. I topped these with onions and cheddar, but our favorite topping is coleslaw! You can also make pulled pork wraps, pork tacos, or quesadillas with this easy recipe. It is so versatile.
Of course any good bbq recipe is going to have some awesome sides to go with it. Some of our favorites:
- Classic Macaroni Salad
- Bacon Ranch Red Potato Salad
- Easy Homemade French Fries
- Broccoli Salad
- Easy Skillet Potatoes
- Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
What to do with leftover pulled pork
If you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. It will remain fresh for 3-4 days.
To freeze, allow pork to cool and place in freezer bags within 2 hours. Squeeze our as much air as possible, leaving about an inch at the top to allow for expansion. Thaw in the fridge overnight and heat in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.
If you want to make pulled pork in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes, then you need to try this easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe! So much flavor develops so quickly and this recipe makes the perfect sandwich!
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Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- Pressure Cooker
- 3 lb pork butt or shoulder cut into 4 pieces
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 cup bbq sauce plus more for serving
- 1 tbsp oil
- Heat your Instant Pot to saute. Sprinkle your pork with the salt and pepper. Add oil to Instant Pot once it says HOT.
- Add pork pieces to the pot. Cook 4-5 minutes on both sides, until browned.
- Turn off the saute function. Add brown sugar, mustard, broth, and vinegar. Put lid on and turn to seal. Set timer for 35 minutes. Let cook and when timer beeps, let natural release. (NOTE! If you do not let it naturally release, your meat will be tough!)
- Once pressure is released, open the lid and shred the pork. Add bbq sauce and serve as desired.