BBQ Pulled Pork – Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Whether you have a pork loin or a pork butt, you are can make a delicious barbecue pork sandwich. You can make instant pot pulled pork that is super tender. We have found seasoning the meat, will add flavor along with adding bbq sauce at the end of cooking the meat.

Enjoy as a pulled pork sandwich or shredded pork served without a bun with a side of sweet pickles, coleslaw or potato salad.

seasoning, salt, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper

Do You Remove All The Fat From Your Pork Before Cooking?

We remove the ‘extra’ fat that is on the meat, but do not remove all the fat. Fat is flavor. But, too much fat, can just give you a lot of excess grease that you have to remove once it’s cooked.

stirring seasoning

How Do Get The Meat Tender?

When cooking a piece of meat in the Instant Pot, we cut it in half, sometimes in thirds. This allows each piece to cook evenly and easily pull apart. We have found when we leave 3 pounds of meat in once piece, it is tough and have to be cooked again. We don’t have time for that, and I’m sure you don’t either.

seasoned pork

How Can You Add Flavor To The Pulled Pork?

Instead of using only water, we use chicken broth in the instant pot. We also use a rub that has brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. You could also add apple cider vinegar (replace of the the liquid with this), to help make the pork tender. Sear/sauté your pork in the instant pot with a little olive oil as well (browned pork will add flavor)

seasoned pork butt

What Pork Do You Use To Make Pulled Pork- Instant Pot?

To make pulled pork, we use what pork is on sale (or we purchased on sale and it’s in the freezer). This includes pork loin, pork butt roast, pork roast or pork shoulder. Once you have cooked the pork, you will need to remove any bones (if any) and then shred the pork.

searing pork for making pulled pork sandwiches

What Kind of Pressure Cooker Do You Use To Cook Pulled Pork?

We use an Instant Pot to make our barbecue pulled pork for ease and automation. The pressure cooker, sets the time and can turn off and release pressure on it’s own without constant monitoring like a pressure cooker on the stove would need.

pressure cooking tender pulled pork

Do You Add BBQ Sauce Before Cooking?

For this pulled pork recipe, we apply bbq sauce after cooking and once some of the cooking liquid is removed. This allows the flavor of the barbecue sauce to be more prevalent in the taste of the meat and not diluted.

shredded pork with barbecue sauce tender pork

What Kind of Barbecue Sauce Do You Used?

We all have favorites that we like. Use your favorite store bought bbq sauce or your homemade bbq sauce for this recipe.

Can You Freeze Pulled Pork?

Definitely. You will want to store in a freezer safe container and give it a little liquid to keep it from drying out. Add a little more bbq sauce when you heat it up (if needed).

Can I Make This In The Crock Pot Instead?

You can. The cook time will take 6-8 hours to slow cook.

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Ah-Mazing BBQ Pulled Pork – Instant Pot

More than just pork and barbecue. A taste explosion in your mouth. Make the best pulled pork instant pot sandwich you can't stop eating.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 sandwiches
Author: Regina Sober


  • 4 pound pork loin/pork butt
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth


  • Set your Instant Pot to Saute.
  • Add your brown sugar, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl.
  • Add olive oil into your Instant Pot.
  • Take your pork butt/loin and trim off the major sections of fat on the outside. You are not trying to eliminate all the fat, but extra fatty sections.
  • Cut the pork in half (or thirds if they are large).
  • Cover the pork in a light coating of mustard.
  • Add the seasoning all over each piece of the pork.
  • Sear in the Instant Pot on all sides.
  • Add the chicken broth into the Instant Pot and place the cover on.
  • Cook on high pressure for 1 hour, allowing natural release.
  • Remove the lid and drain the excess liquid, but not all of it. You want it to still have moisture, not be dry.
  • Add a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. Stir and taste. If more BBQ sauce is needed, add more.
  • Serve on a soft hamburger bun and enjoy.


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More than just pork and barbecue. A taste explosion in your mouth. Make the best pulled pork instant pot sandwich you can't stop eating.

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