Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Make this irresistible Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe. Quick & easy way to make tender, juicy BBQ pulled pork packed with sweet & smoky flavors.

Make this irresistible Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe with your own Dry Rub and BBQ Sauce. Tender, juicy pulled pork exploding with sweet & smoky flavors. Making BBQ Pulled Pork has never been this quick and easy! You gotta try it. 😀

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We’ve first made some Pulled Pork Sandwich with our pressure cooker pulled pork.

A bite of slightly crisp toasted buns wrapped around the crunchy lettuce and a mouthful of tender pulled pork bursting with sweet & smoky BBQ sauce. Oh, it was just deliciously PERFECT!

Jacky & I couldn’t resist and chomped down 2 in a row within minutes. 😛

Make this irresistible Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe (Instant Pot Pulled Pork). Quick & easy way to make tender, juicy BBQ pulled pork packed with sweet & smoky flavors.

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It usually takes hours to make slow cooker pulled pork, but it only took us roughly 1.5 hour using our pressure cooker.

This pressure cooker pulled pork is great with so many things: sandwiches, burgers, wraps, on rice, or on nachos. These are perfect as appetizers, snacks, lunch, dinner, treating guests at BBQ or parties.

You can make these pressure cooker pulled pork when you’re looking for something fulfilling, thrifty, bold in flavors. Also great for making ahead for parties or enough for a few meals. The possibilities are endless.

How else do you enjoy your BBQ pulled pork? Tell me!! 😀

Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe


Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe Ingredients

*Substitutes: If you don’t want to make your own Dry Rub or BBQ Sauce for Pulled Pork, substitute them with your favorite store bought Dry Rub & BBQ Sauce. 😀

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe - Pulled Pork Dry Rub

Tools for Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe


  • Fat separator – This is such a handy tool! Instead of scooping the fatty oil with a ladle or spoon a little at a time, this fat separator will help you quickly separate the fat/oil from the BBQ sauce.

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  • BEAR PAWS Shredder Claws – If you want to feel like Wolverine from X-Men, get these claws to shred your meat!!! 😛 It saves you a lot of time and makes pulling pork so much easier and FUN. Some people use these claws to pick up hot food too. We’re still debating whether we should get the black one or pink one. Hehehe~ What do you think?

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Make this irresistible Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe. Quick & easy way to make tender, juicy BBQ pulled pork packed with sweet & smoky flavors.

Tips for Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe


1. Browning the Pork Shoulder: It’s very easy to burn the dry rub on the pork shoulder, so be sure to flip frequently as you are browning the pork meat.

2. Skin on vs Skin off: Keeping the skin and fat cap on will keep the nearby meat very moist. Make sure to keep the skin side facing up when you put it into the pressure cooker. However, the BBQ sauce will be very oily if you leave the skin and fat cap on. Just be sure to use a fat separator to remove the oil from the BBQ sauce before serving.

3. Pressure Cooking Time: The best cooking time for pork shoulder depends on how thick you cut your pork shoulder pieces. It’s better to “undercook” the meat than overcooking as you can add additional cooking time later.Here are the pressure cooking times depending on the size you cut your 4 pounds pork shoulder picnic:

  • If it’s cut into 8 pieces: roughly 55 – 60 minutes pressure cooking time.
  • If it’s cut into 4 pieces: roughly 60 – 70 minutes pressure cooking time.
  • If it’s cut into 2 pieces: roughly 75 – 80 minutes pressure cooking time.

4. Storage Duration: The pressure cooker pulled pork can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 – 5 days.

5. Got Leftover Pulled Pork? We seriously encourage you to try making our BBQ Pulled Pork Savory Waffles!!

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Make this irresistible Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe. Quick & easy way to make tender, juicy BBQ pulled pork packed with sweet & smoky flavors.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Burger, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Sandwich, Intermediate
Cuisine: American
Serving: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds (~1.8 kg) pork shoulder picnic (Cut into 4 – 8 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoons (15 ml) olive oil
Pulled Pork Dry Rub:
BBQ Sauce for Pulled Pork:
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (250 ml) ketchup
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
  • ⅛ cup (31ml) maple syrup
  • ⅛ cup (31ml) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (12.5 g) brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Rub the Pulled Pork Dry Rub: Mix all the dry rub ingredients and rub it all over the pork shoulder picnic pieces. Then, put the pork shoulder picnic in the fridge for 30 minutes to overnight.
  2. Heat up the Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be when you place the pork shoulder meat into the pot (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT).
  3. Optional Step - Brown the Pork Shoulder (See Tips): Add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil into the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add the pork shoulder pieces into the pot. Brown the pork shoulder on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add the BBQ Sauce and Deglaze: Pour in half of the Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce and deglaze the bottom of the pot. Then, add in the remaining BBQ sauce mixture.
  5. Pressure Cook the Pork Shoulder (See Tips): Place all the pork shoulder pieces into the pot. If you left the skin on, make sure the skin side is facing up. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 60 minutes (see notes). Turn off the heat and fully Natural Release (roughly 15 minutes).
  6. Fork Tender Check: Open the lid carefully. Take one piece of pork shoulder out and see if you can shred through the meat easily with two forks. If it is not fork-tender, cook for an additional 10 to 20 minutes at High Pressure, fully Natural Release.
  7. Shred the Pork & De-Fat the Sauce: Use some cool Pulled Pork Shredder Claws or two regular forks to shred the pork shoulder meat. Use a fat separator to separate the fat from the BBQ sauce.
  8. Season, Reduce, Serve: Reduce the BBQ sauce to your desired thickness. Taste the BBQ sauce and add in additional brown sugar or kosher salt if desired. Place the pulled pork back into the BBQ sauce. Mix well and serve!
Notes
Here are the pressure cooking times depending on the size of your pork shoulder pieces from a 4 pounds pork shoulder picnic:
If it's cut into 8 pieces: roughly 55 - 60 minutes pressure cooking time.
If it's cut into 4 pieces: roughly 60 - 70 minutes pressure cooking time.
If it's cut into 2 pieces: roughly 75 - 80 minutes pressure cooking time.

Storage Duration: The pressure cooker pulled pork can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 – 5 days.

Leftover Pulled Pork? We seriously encourage you to try making BBQ Pulled Pork Savory Waffles!!

*Total cooking time in recipe does not include inactive cooking time.
Make this irresistible Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe. Quick & easy way to make tender, juicy BBQ pulled pork packed with sweet & smoky flavors.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie

Made this for a party and it was excellent! I used Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce this time but will make yours next time. I had a 6lb bone-in butt so I used 1.5 times the spices. I cut it into about 6 pieces, browned them, added chicken broth and cooked for 75 min. The party was the next day so I shredded the meat, (it was 3 lbs at this point), skimmed the fat off the liquid and put it all into a Ziploc until the next day. Since I had a lot of other foods to reheat I… Read more »

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Dale
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Dale

This looks like a wonderful recipe. I would like to make this recipe with 3.75 lbs of pork tenderloin and my own BBQ sauce and rub. Please tell me the amount of sauce to use and how long to cook it. Thank you.

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Dale
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Dale

Thanks for responding. I’ve already purchased the tenderloin. I’ve used the tenderloins before in a slow cooker with bbq sauce and it worked out well. I was hoping to use the pressure cooker to speed up the process, but if you think it wouldn’t turn out good, I’ll use the slow cooker.

Corinne
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Corinne

So good! Super tender, juicy, and flavorful. The paprika gives it just the right hint of smoky spice. I had a bone-in pork shoulder, so after cubing as much of the seared meat as possible, I just threw the meaty bone into the pot. The cooked meat pulled right off. I served the thickened sauce on the side along with a local BBQ sauce. Thanks for another great recipe!

Scott n Kim.
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Scott n Kim.

We tried your recipe today. Two thumbs up! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

Randy
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Randy

Great recipe, big hit! Thank you.

Cheryl Gaston
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Cheryl Gaston

This really is the best pulled pork recipe! It is so worth it to make both the rub and the sauce as printed. The flavor combos are perfect. What else have I done with it? I roasted large shreds of cabbage with just a bit of olive oil, and then mixed it with the heated pork. A couple of days later, I did the same thing, and added some cooked rice. Even better! Why did I have leftovers? I made far too much,
but then I also found that it freezes with no damage.

Andrew
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Andrew

Hello,

I have a 9 pound pork butt I want to use. I have an 8 qt instantpot… do you think it will fit? How many pieces do you recommend I cut it in and how long? Same amount of liquid?

I’m cooking tomorrow, hopefully you see this in time.

Katie
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Katie

I’ve made this recipe so often that I’m becoming known for it! (Thanks for making me look good…) It’s SO delicious with amazing flavors, everyone I’ve served it to says it’s one of the top pulled pork sandwiches they’ve ever had. I love it on a country potato bun with dill pickle chips and a side of vinegary coleslaw. Thanks Amy and Jacky, keep up the good work!

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I was gonna make a 7 pound pork butt roast in the nu wave pressure cooker what cook time?

Bob Banerjee
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Bob Banerjee

Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Brilliant instructions. By the way, you list 1 tablespoon sugar, or 25g. Did you mean 2 tablespoons? 2 tablespoons is closer to 25g I think. Also I gave it 5 stars but the website only let me give 4!

Theresa
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Theresa

Hi A & J,
Your recipes are amazing, I religiously use them for all instant pot dishes. I purchased a 6 pound pork shoulder – do I need to adjust the bbq sauce, increase the measurements? And how about timing? Thanks!

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