Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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Published: 12/11/2020 | Updated: 01/18/2024

Instant Pot Pulled Pork is an easy recipe to make in bulk and then freeze for meal prep later! A delicious, tender pork with so many uses!

white bowl filled with pulled pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork is the perfect meal for a busy family. It is easy to make and can be served with a variety of side dishes. The pork is cooked in a pressure cooker, which makes it tender and juicy. This pork recipe is sure to become a family favorite! Pick the favorite BBQ sauce that is best for you.

I try to have bags of shredded pork in my freezer at all times! It’s so versatile and is great for appetizers and meals!

This recipe to make it in the instant pot makes it so easy and fast too. I used to have to either run the slower cooker for 8 hours or slow roast it in the oven for 3-4 hours

Now I can have this done in just about an hour and it turns out flavorful and tender every time! It’s hard not to snack on it as I’m shredding it!

How to Make Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

I usually use a pork butt for my shredded pork. It’s affordable and has enough fat in it to keep everything juicy and flavorful.

I start with a pork butt that’s about 5-6 pounds and I cut it into 3-4 large pieces. This helps it cook faster and also helps the seasonings coat more of the meat.

Dry Rub

The seasonings are a super important part of this recipe since they really help determine the flavors. I don’t use anything too complicated or hard to find, but I do use quite a few seasonings. It’s the combination of all of that makes this my favorite dry rub.

  • brown sugar
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • ground mustard
  • onion powder
  • smoked paprika
  • dry minced garlic (you can use garlic powder)
  • cayenne pepper

glass bowl filled with spices before mixing

Mix it all together really well and then rub the spice mixture generously over your pieces of pork.

Set your Instant Pot to the saute function and pour in about a tablespoon of olive oil.

Once it’s hot, add a couple of your pork pieces to sear them on each side. You only need about 2 minutes on each side. You’re not trying to cook the pork, you’re just trying to get a quick sear on each side for the crispy outside edge.

3 pieces of seasoned pork being put in the instant pot

Remove those pieces and add the rest of the pork. You can add another tablespoon of oil if you need to.

Once all the meat is seared and removed from the pot, press cancel.

This next part is very important. You have to remove all those burnt pieces on the bottom of the pot. Otherwise, you will get a burn error when you’re trying to cook the pork.

To do this, add about 1/2 cup chicken broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom until it’s clean. You want to deglaze the pan and make sure nothing is left on the bottom.

Once you have it clean, add your remaining chicken broth and the pork pieces.

Secure your lid and set the instant pot to cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 20 minutes and then to a quick release.

Remove the pork to a cutting board and shred with two forks.

It should shred VERY easily. It should practically fall apart as you pull it with the forks.

pile of pulled pork on white cutting board

Let it cool completely and then you can either use it immediately, store it in the fridge for 2-3 days, or freeze it for later.

If you’re going to store it in the fridge or freeze in airtight container, I toss it with the juice from the instant pot so it doesn’t dry out. Put the pulled pork in a freezer-safe container in order to store it in the freezer. Using an Instant Pot to cook frozen meat is very Practical.

Ways to Use Pulled Pork

If you are looking for ways to use pulled pork, here are some ideas on how to use pulled pork.

  • Pork Tacos
  • Quesadillas
  • Pulled Pork Nachos- these Hawaiian Nachos are our favorite!
  • In a salad like this Pork Carnita Salad
  • As a sandwich with Arepas.
  • Toss with BBQ sauce for pulled pork sandwiches.

What Kind of Meat to Use to Make Pulled Pork?

The best kind of meat for making pulled pork is the boneless pork shoulder. This cut has a lot of fat and collagen which makes it perfect for slow cooking. Brisket has less fat and collagen than pork shoulder and it’s easier to overcook.

How to reheat pulled pork?

Pulled pork is delicious when cooked at high temperatures for a long cooking time. The best way to reheat pulled pork is to place it in a slow cooker set to low heat for 4 hours. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can also use a crockpot.

In conclusion, this recipe is a great addition to any meal. It’s flavorful with your favorite barbecue sauce, easy to make, and a great way to feed a large crowd. With minimal effort and time spent in the kitchen, you can have pulled pork with amazing flavor on your table in no time. Be sure to take advantage of all of the tips provided to ensure that you get the most out of your Instant Pot experience. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices and simple ingredients.

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white bowl filled with pulled pork

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork is an easy recipe to make in bulk and then freeze for meal prep later! A delicious, tender pork with so many uses!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Coming to Pressure20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: instant pot pulled pork
Servings: 20
Calories: 177kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite


  • 5-6 lb Pork Butt Roast
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth


  • Trim large chunks of fat from pork roast. Then cut roast into about 4-6 smaller pieces.
  • In a large bowl, add brown sugar, sea salt, pepper, ground mustard, onion powder, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Rub generously on all sides of the pork pieces.
  • Set Instant Pot to saute function and add about 1 tablespoon of oil. Once it is heated, add pork chunks in a single layer and sear on each side. About 2 minutes on each side until you have a nice golden sear. 
    Remove from Instant Pot and repeat with remaining pork chunks until they're all seared. Remove all pork from the insert.
  • Add 1/2 cup chicken broth to Instant Pot to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape along bottom of insert until it is completely deglazed and no residue remains on bottom of pan.
  • Return pork to the insert with the remaining chicken broth.
    Secure the lid, make sure the vent is sealed and set the timer for 60 minutes. When it is done cooking, use a natural pressure release for 20 minutes. Then set to quick release.
  • Remove pork to a cutting board and use two forks to coarsely shred into large pieces. Use immediately or return shredded pork to pot to toss with the juice. When cool, store in refrigerator or freeze for later use.

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