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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe


Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This instant pot bbq pulled pork is my go-to comfort food. Tender, juicy pork shoulder cooked in a smoky, tangy sauce. It's a crowd-pleaser that's super easy to whip up!

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Ready to sink your teeth into some tender, mouthwatering pulled pork? I've got a recipe that's going to knock your socks off. Get this, it’s cooked in an instant pot! That means less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the taste. Bursting with flavor from BBQ sauce, aromatic spices, and slow-cooked to perfection, it's unbelievably simple and tantalizingly delicious. Curious? Let's get cooking.

Ingredients for BBQ Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

  • Pork shoulder: Tender and flavorful cut that shreds beautifully after cooking, perfect for creating succulent pulled pork.
  • BBQ sauce: Adds a rich, smoky, and tangy flavor profile to the pulled pork, enhancing its overall taste.
  • Chicken broth: Infuses moisture and depth of flavor into the pork while keeping it tender during the cooking process.
  • Onion: Provides a sweet and savory base flavor to the dish, complementing the richness of the pork and BBQ sauce.
  • Garlic: Adds a robust and aromatic element to the pulled pork, enhancing its overall savory profile.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Pulled Pork

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork shoulder quickly while keeping it tender and flavorful.
  • Tongs: Needed for easily flipping and handling the pork shoulder pieces during cooking and shredding.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

This Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy tender, flavorful pulled pork in just over an hour. Perfect for sandwiches or as a main dish with your favorite sides.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 450 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Season pork shoulder with smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Place pork in the Instant Pot and add sliced onions and minced garlic.
  • Pour in BBQ sauce and chicken broth.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes.
  • Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Shred the pork using two forks and mix with the sauce in the pot.
  • Serve the pulled pork on buns or with your favorite sides.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 35gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 700mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg


Keyword BBQ, Instant Pot, Pulled Pork
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Preparing and Storing BBQ Pulled Pork Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pulled pork as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the pork to cool completely.
  • Store the pulled pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the pulled pork completely.
  • Place the pulled pork in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label the container with the date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

When making this instant pot bbq pulled pork recipe, try adding a splash of apple cider vinegar for a tangy kick that enhances the overall flavor profile.

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Can I use a different cut of meat for this recipe?
You can use pork butt or pork loin as alternatives to pork shoulder for this recipe.
How can I adjust the cooking time if I have a smaller pork shoulder?
If using a smaller pork shoulder, you can reduce the cooking time by 5-10 minutes per pound.
Can I use a homemade BBQ sauce instead of store-bought?
Yes, you can use homemade BBQ sauce in this recipe for a more personalized flavor.
Is it necessary to trim the fat from the pork shoulder?
Trimming the excess fat is recommended to prevent the dish from becoming too greasy.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
Yes, you can freeze the pulled pork in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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