This Instant Pot pulled pork is tender, juicy, and falls apart. It's seasoned to perfection and makes the most amazing sandwiches! With this recipe, you can get that slow-cooked taste in a fraction of the time.
I love this electric pressure cooker pulled pork recipe! Making pulled pork at home is one of my favorite things to cook, but it rarely happens around here. I'm always whipping something up for the blog, so I can't typically justify all the leftovers. I was very happy to try a new method of cooking pulled pork, and these are leftovers I am very excited about.
I have a slow cooker pulled pork recipe that's equally delicious, but it does take a little bit of planning and 10 hours of patience. It's not so bad since you're either away from home or asleep while it cooks, but sometimes you just want something a bit quicker. In comes the Instant Pot! This is probably my favorite IP recipe that I've made so far. I can really see the benefits of pressure cooking with recipes like this one.
One of my favorite features of my Instant Pot is that you can sear right in there vs. having to use the stove and dirty up another pan.
This recipe is very hands-off once you get it going. You won't even realize it's cooking until you hear you Instant Pot beep to say it's done cooking!
How to make pulled pork in the Instant Pot
Cut your pork shoulder into 6 roughly equal pieces. Cover them in the spice rub. Sauté them in your Instant Pot on all sides, working in batches (this will take about 5 minutes per batch). Once you've finished searing the pork, take it out of your Instant Pot and set it aside.
Add the chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke to the electric pressure cooker. Scrape up any brown pieces that stuck to the bottom. Add the pork back in and close the lid. Set the valve on "sealing" and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. Do a quick release once the countdown has finished.
Add pork to a large bowl and shred it with 2 forks. Add some of the leftover juices back in and toss until coated.
How long do you cook pulled pork for in an Instant Pot?
60 minutes for a 4-pound pork shoulder cut into 6 pieces.
What cut of meat for pulled pork?
Boneless pork shoulder works well. It's fatty enough that the meat doesn't dry out. If you use a pork shoulder blade roast you will need to remove the bone when you go to shred the meat.
What goes well with pulled pork?
I love serving pulled pork in a bun with BBQ sauce and homemade coleslaw (or try my apple slaw if you prefer!). It's also great with mac and cheese, cornbread, potato salad, and other traditional BBQ side dishes. You may also like my homemade apricot BBQ sauce recipe.
More delicious Instant Pot recipes to try:
- Honey Garlic Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
- Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
- Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Creamy & Garlicky)
- Instant Pot Chicken and Gravy
Hope you love this Instant Pot pulled pork recipe as much as I do!
Questions? Ask me in the comments below.
Perfect Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- 1 (4 pound) boneless pork shoulder
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (10 fluid ounce) can chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional but I do recommend it)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Coleslaw for serving (click the link for my recipe)
- Buns for serving
- BBQ sauce for serving
- Cut your pork shoulder into 6 roughly equal pieces. Add them to a baking sheet or large plate so you don't make a mess when applying the rub.
- Combine the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and chili powder in a small bowl. This is your spice rub.
- Using your hands, coat the pork pieces in the spice rub as evenly as possible.
- Add the olive oil to your Instant Pot and press the sauté button. Once the oil is hot, sear your pork on all sides (about 5 minutes per batch). You'll want to do 2 batches. Once seared, set the pork aside.
- Add the chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke to your Instant Pot. Use a wooden spoon to ensure that any brown bits that stuck on are released from the bottom of the pot. Add the pork back in.
- Close the Instant Pot's lid, set the valve on "sealing", and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. It will take 10-15 minutes for it to get up to pressure.
- Once the countdown has finished, carefully do a manual pressure release. Take the pork out of the Instant Pot once it has depressurized. Add it to a large bowl and shred it with 2 forks.
- There will be a fair amount of juices left in the Instant Pot. I like to ladle some onto the shredded pork to moisten it and add some extra flavor. You could always boil it down or reserve it for another use if you wish.
- Season the pork with salt & pepper as needed. Serve as desired (my favorite way is on a bun with my favorite BBQ sauce and homemade coleslaw). Enjoy!