Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): Sweet, juicy, moist pulled pork is deliciously satisfying to eat!

Make this sweet & juicy Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork)! Kid-friendly, easy & deliciously satisfying flavors made with simple ingredients.

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When you need to feed a crowd, Pulled Pork is definitely a winning answer. It’s a crowd-pleasing party favorite that is versatileeasy to make!

Instead of taking hours with the Slow & Low method to make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, why not speed up the process with the Fast & High method – Instant Pot Pulled Pork? ?

Yes!! You can make deliciously tender & moist pulled pork in just an hour and a half!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): Sweet, juicy, moist pulled pork is deliciously satisfying to eat!

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We’re in love with our BBQ Pulled Pork, but as an alternative, we created a simple yummy Maple Dijon Sauce to complement the Instant Pot Pulled Pork for a change.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Pulled Pork Because:

  • An alternative to the usual BBQ Instant Pot Pulled Pork (we still love our BBQ Pulled Pork! :P)
  • The whole family will enjoy this deliciously sweet, juicy & moist pulled pork
  • Made with simple ingredients – you probably already have in your pantry!
  • Easy to make & done in ~95 mins

Instant Pot Pulled Pork is Great for:

  • Burgers, wraps, lettuce wraps, sliders, tacos, over rice…
  • Outings, Picnics, Potlucks…
  • Game Days, Football Parties, Superbowl Parties, Men’s/Ladies’ Night, Taco Bar Parties…
  • Holidays, Dinner Parties, Gatherings…

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe


Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork) Ingredients

  • 3 ¼ pounds (~1475g) pork shoulder (pork butt meat), cut into 2 – 2 ¼ inches cubes
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, roughly sliced
  • 1 – 2 tablespoon(s) peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste

Chicken Stock Mixture

Thickener

  • 3 tablespoons (45g) cornstarch + 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Tools for Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe


  • Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Pyrex glass measuring cup
  • Fat separator – This is such a handy tool to have. Instead of scooping the fatty oil a little at a time with a ladle or spoon, you can quickly separate the fat/oil from the sauce with this fat separator.
  • Optional Fun Tool: BEAR PAWS Shredder Claws – If you’re a fan of pulled pork or a Wolverine-wannabe ;), get these claws to shred your meat! It makes pulling pork easier and FUN. Some users use them to pick up hot food too.

Instructions for Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe


Step 1
Prepare Pressure Cooker

Tool

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Heat up your pressure cooker.

  • Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker: press “Sauté” button and click “Adjust” button to go to Sauté More function.

Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be.

  • Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker: wait until indicator says HOT.

Step 2
Brown Pork Shoulder

Ingredients

3 ¼ pounds (~1475g) pork shoulder (pork butt meat)
1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste

Generously season the pork shoulder with kosher salt & ground black pepper.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) of peanut oil in the pot. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot.

Add in the seasoned pork shoulder, then let it brown for exactly 6 minutes on each side (don’t need to keep flipping the meat).

*Pro Tip: Don’t skip this step. Be patient and allow the maillard reaction to take place! 🙂

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): brown pork shoulder (Boston butt)

Remove and set aside to rest for 5 minutes on a chopping board.

Step 3
Create Chicken Stock Mixture

Ingredients & Tool

Chicken Stock Mixture
1/3 cup (83ml) unsalted chicken stock
1/4 cup (63ml) maple syrup
1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon (15g) dijon mustard

5 cloves garlic
1 small onion

Pyrex glass measuring cup

While the pork shoulder is browning in the pressure cooker, mix 1 tbsp (15g) Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, ¼ cup (63ml) maple syrup, and 1/3 cup (83ml) unsalted chicken stock in a large glass measuring cup.

You can also roughly chop the garlic and slice the onion at this time.

Step 4
Sauté Onions & Garlic

Ingredients

1 tablespoon peanut oil
Minced garlic
Sliced onion
Kosher salt & ground black pepper

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): saute onions and garlic

If necessary, pour another tbsp (15ml) of peanut oil in your pressure cooker.

Add in the sliced onions and sauté for 1 – 2 minutes.

Season with a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Add in the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

Step 5
Cut Pork Shoulder

Ingredient

Browned pork shoulder

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): browned pork shoulder (Boston butt)

While the onions are sautéing in the pressure cooker, cut the pork shoulder into 2 – 2 ¼ inches cubes.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): cube pork shoulder

Step 6
Deglaze the Pot

Ingredients

Chicken stock mixture (from Step 3)
1 teaspoon paprika
Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste

Pour in half of the chicken stock mixture and fully deglaze the pot with a wooden spoon.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): deglaze the pot with chicken stock mixture

Add in the rest of the chicken stock mixture.

Add 1 tsp paprika, taste and season with salt & black pepper if necessary.

Step 7
Pressure Cook Pork Shoulder Cubes

Ingredient

Cubed pork shoulder + meat juice

Add cubed pork shoulder with all the meat juice in the pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): fat cap side up

*Pro Tip: Skin on vs Skin off – Keeping the skin and fat cap on will keep the nearby meat very moist. Make sure to have the skin side facing up when you put it in the pressure cooker.

However, the sauce will be very oily when you leave the skin and fat cap on. But, you can use a fat separator to remove the oil from the sauce before serving.

Instant Pot Ultra: Pressure Cook function

Close the lid and pressure cook at:

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 28 minutes, then
  • Pressure Release Method: 15 minutes Natural Release

Release the remaining pressure by turning the venting knob to venting position. O

pen the lid carefully.

Step 8
Shred the Pork & Thicken the Sauce

Ingredients

Cubed pork shoulder
Kosher salt

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): shred pork shoulder (Boston butt)

Place cubed pork shoulder meat in a large mixing bowl and shred them with two forks.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): shred pork shoulder meat (Boston butt) with forks

Step 9
Thicken the Sauce

Ingredients & Tool

Thickener
3 tablespoons (45g) cornstarch + 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Fat separator

If the sauce is oily, use an oil separator to separate the oil with the sauce.

Fat Separator

OXO Good Grips 4-Cup Fat Separator
  • Quickly separates unwanted fat from flavorful juices
  • BPA-free, heat-resistant plastic

Taste the sauce and season with more salt if necessary.

Mix 3 tbsp (45g) of cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) of cold water and stir the mixture into the sauce one third at a time until desired thickness.

Add shredded pork meat back in the pot and mix well with the sauce.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): add pulled pork into maple dijon sauce

Step 10
(Optional Flavor Enhancing Step) Caramelize Pulled Pork in Oven


Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): Sweet, juicy, moist pulled pork is deliciously satisfying to eat!

Place the Instant Pot Pulled Pork on a baking tray under a broiler or top rack of a preheated 450°F oven until the surface is caramelized. Roughly 8 – 15 mins.

*Love the roasted caramelized boost of flavors ? Highly recommended!

Step 11
Serve Instant Pot Pulled Pork


Serve piping hot Instant Pot Pulled Pork with your favorite side dishes!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): Sweet, juicy, moist pulled pork is deliciously satisfying to eat!

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork): Sweet, juicy, moist pulled pork is deliciously satisfying to eat!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Make this sweet & juicy Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe (Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork)! Deliciously satisfying flavors with simple ingredients.
4.96 from 23 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky | Pressure Cook Recipes

Ingredients

  • 3 ¼ pounds (~1475g) pork shoulder (pork butt meat) , cut into 2 – 2¼ inches cubes
  • 5 cloves garlic , roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion , roughly sliced
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon(s) peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Chicken Stock Mixture

Thickener

  • 3 tablespoons (45g) cornstarch + 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Instructions

  • Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click adjust button to go to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
  • Brown Pork Shoulder: Generously season the pork shoulder with kosher salt & ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp (15ml) of peanut oil in the pot. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot. Add in the seasoned pork shoulder, then let it brown for exactly 6 minutes on each side (don’t need to keep flipping the meat). Remove and set aside to rest for 5 minutes on a chopping board.
  • Create Chicken Stock Mixture: While the pork shoulder is browning in the pressure cooker, mix 1 tbsp (15g) Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, ¼ cup (63ml) maple syrup, and 1/3 cup (83ml) unsalted chicken stock in a large glass measuring cup.
  • Sauté Onions & Garlic: If necessary, pour another tbsp (15ml) of peanut oil in your pressure cooker. Add in the sliced onions and sauté for 1 – 2 minutes. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper. Add in the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Cut Pork Shoulder: While the onions are sautéing in the pressure cooker, cut the pork shoulder into 2 – 2 ¼ inches cubes.
  • Deglaze the Pot: Pour in half of the chicken stock mixture and fully deglaze the pot with a wooden spoon. Add in the rest of the chicken stock mixture. Add 1 tsp paprika, taste and season with salt & black pepper if necessary.
  • Pressure Cook Pork Shoulder Cubes: Add cubed pork shoulder with all the meat juice in the pressure cooker. Close the lid and cook at High Pressure for 28 minutes + 15 minutes Natural Release. Release the remaining pressure by turning the venting knob to venting position and open the lid carefully.
  • Shred the Pork: Place cubed pork shoulder meat in a large mixing bowl and shred them with two forks.
  • Thicken the Sauce: If the sauce is oily, use an oil separator to separate the oil with the sauce. Taste the sauce and season with more salt if necessary. Mix 3 tbsp (45g) of cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) of cold water and stir the mixture into the sauce one third at a time until desired thickness. Add shredded pork meat back in the pot and mix well with the sauce.
  • (Optional Flavor Enhancing Step) Caramelize Pulled Pork in Oven: Place the Instant Pot Pulled Pork on a baking tray under a broiler or top rack of a preheated 450°F oven until the surface is caramelized. Roughly 8 – 15 mins.
  • Serve: Serve piping hot pulled pork with your favorite side dishes!
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Nutrition:

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 626mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Course: Appetizer, Brunch, Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Cindy C

Made this on Sunday and it was amazing! Served over white rice and had plenty of sauce to go with it. Also had more than enough leftover for lunch the next day for 2 ppl. 🙂5 stars

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Jason

Pretty awesome!!!!5 stars

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Susana Banana

Amy & Jacky never fail to provide a recipe that’s easy to follow and taste delicious. My son has a peanut allergy and the peanut oil I bought unfortunately was not refined so I could not use it in my cooking – BUT even with using the olive oil, it worked great! I did the final step of caramelizing, and was super satisfied with the result.

I’m a little late to the IP game, but I’m loving it so far!5 stars

Irene Wong

Omg! I made this for Father’s Day and my entire family (25+ of them) loved it and asked for the recipe!! It turned out perfect and I followed your recipe to the T!! Thank you!!5 stars

Michelle

would this be suitable to serve with bread and options of bbq sauce for people to make their own pork sandwhiches at a party? not sure if the flavor stands so much on its own that it wouldn’t be suitable to give folks the option of their own bbq sauce choices…

Margie

Made this in the instant pot and we LOVED it! Was wondering if I needed to change anything to make it in the crock pot, would you know?5 stars

Judy

Awesome pulled pork recipe!! My hubby, 5 year old, 3 year old, and I loved it!! Thank you so much!!

Next I will make a 7 pounder, since some friends are coming over. The cooking time should be the same thing right?

^__^5 stars

C

Relatively easy recipe that results in tasty, savory and moist pulled pork with good texture (not totally stewed meat). Will make it again. Thanks for sharing.4 stars

Michelle

I followed all of the tips. The best pulled pork sandwich!5 stars

Dee

Delicious and pretty easy!5 stars

Jacky + Amy

Hi Dee,

Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

Happy New Year & please take care
Jacky

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