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With only 5 ingredients, this Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe will become a regular weeknight meal in your home. Not only does the Instant Pot cook it to perfection but it can be prepped in minutes. Instant Pot Pulled Pork makes a great freezer meal and feeds a large number of people.
Make this in the slow cooker using this recipe.
It’s hard to mess up Instant Pot Pulled Pork. In fact, pork shoulder is one of my favorite cuts of meat to cook in the Instant Pot! Coming from someone who has tested hundreds (yes, hundreds) of Instant Pot recipes, that means a lot.
Check out this quick video to see how easily it comes together!
Video Tutorial: How to Make Instant Pot Pulled Pork
What Ingredients do I need for Instant Pot Pulled Pork?
The ingredients are SO simple! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Salt & pepper
- 1, 3-4 lb. pork shoulder (also known as Boston butt), cut into four equal pieces
- 1.5 cups BBQ sauce (Here is our homemade recipe.)
Can I Make This Pulled Pork Recipe in the Slow Cooker?
You know we love flexibility! If you want to make this recipe in the slow cooker, just hop over to our Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork.
How Long Do I Cook Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot?
After a quick google search, you’ll quickly learn that there is a lot of conflicting information on how long to cook pork in the Instant Pot. Here’s the good news: you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested hundreds and hundreds of Instant Pot recipes and narrowed down how long to cook the most common cuts of meat.
If making a pork shoulder in the Instant Pot, cut it into 4 equal pieces and then cook it at high pressure for 45 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.
If you want to know how long to cook other cuts of meat, I’d strongly encourage you to download and print off our Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart. Tape it up in your pantry for future reference. You can thank us later. 🙂
Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart
After testing hundreds of Instant Pot recipes, we have honed in on the best timing and methods for cooking different types of meals in the Instant Pot.
Can I Freeze Pulled Pork?
FREEZE FOR LATER: Follow steps 1 and 2 in the recipe below. Place the seasoned pork and 1 cup of the BBQ sauce in a gallon-size freezer bag or round container. Seal and freeze (if using a freezer bag, set it in a bowl or round container with a diameter similar to the Instant Pot so it will fit in the pot when frozen). Place the remaining 1 ⁄2 cup BBQ sauce in a small freezer bag or container and the buns in a separate freezer bag. Seal and freeze them alongside the pork.
PREPARE FROM FROZEN: Thaw the sauce and buns. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” Transfer the frozen meal to the pot and cook for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Press “Cancel.” Follow step 4, but cook at high pressure for 45 to 50 minutes. (The frozen meat will cook in about the same amount of time as fresh.)
For more information, read our post on How Long to Cook a Frozen Pork Roast in the Instant Pot!
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What to Serve with Pulled Pork
My favorite way to eat pulled pork is as a sandwich.
If you want to go gluten-free, eat it without a bun. I serve it with more Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce on the side. Some side dishes that go well with Pulled Pork are:
- Oven Roasted Broccoli
- Coleslaw for Pulled Pork or Asian Slaw
- Easy Hash Brown Casserole
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
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- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 (3- to 4-pound) pork shoulder (also known as Boston butt), trimmed
- 1.5 cups BBQ sauce, here’s our homemade recipe
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Make It Now:
- In a small bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- On a cutting board, cut the pork shoulder into 4 equal pieces (don’t miss this step!). Pat the pork dry with paper towels and rub the pieces with the seasoning mix to coat all sides. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
- Place the seasoned pork in the 6-quart Instant Pot. Pour 1 cup of the BBQ sauce over the meat and stir.
- Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes (or longer, if you prefer), then quick release the remaining pressure. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and shred the meat. Return the meat to the pot and stir it into the sauce.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat to the toasted buns and top with the remaining BBQ sauce as desired. Serve.
Freeze For Later:
Follow steps 1 and 2. Place the seasoned pork and 1 cup of the BBQ sauce in a gallon-size freezer bag or round container. Seal and freeze (if using a freezer bag, set it in a bowl or round container with a diameter similar to the Instant Pot so it will fit in the pot when frozen.) Place the remaining 1 ⁄2 cup BBQ sauce in a small freezer bag or container and the buns in a separate freezer bag. Seal and freeze them alongside the pork.
Prepare From Frozen:
Thaw the sauce and buns. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” Transfer the frozen meal to the pot and cook for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Press “Cancel.” Follow step 4, but cook at high pressure for 45 to 50 minutes. (The frozen meat will cook in about the same amount of time as fresh.)