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Pork Shoulder Instant Pot Recipe: Tender & Juicy Pork Shoulder Instant Pot Recipe: Tender & Juicy


Pork Shoulder Instant Pot Recipe: Tender & Juicy

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This instant pot pork shoulder is my go-to comfort food. Seasoned, pressure-cooked to perfection, shredded, and slathered in BBQ sauce. It's a hearty, finger-licking dish that never fails to impress!

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Imagine biting into juicy, tender chunks of pork shoulder soaked in tangy barbecue sauce. Yes, that's right—I'm sharing my all-time favorite instant pot pork shoulder recipe. Simple, succulent, and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a surefire way to impress at dinner. Trust me, one taste and you'll want to make this over and over. Stick around if you're game for a culinary adventure!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pork Shoulder

  • Pork shoulder: Tender, flavorful cut that becomes succulent when cooked slowly, perfect for shredding and soaking up delicious flavors.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a savory depth of flavor to the dish without the need for chopping fresh garlic cloves.
  • Paprika: Provides a subtle smokiness and vibrant color to the pork, enhancing the overall taste and visual appeal.
  • Chicken broth: Infuses moisture and richness into the pork while adding a savory depth of flavor to the dish.
  • Onion: Adds sweetness and depth to the dish when cooked, complementing the savory flavors of the pork shoulder.
  • Garlic: Enhances the overall flavor profile of the dish with its aromatic and pungent taste, blending well with the other ingredients.
  • Barbecue sauce: Adds a tangy, sweet, and smoky flavor to the shredded pork, creating a delicious and saucy finish.

Essential Tools for Making This Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork shoulder to achieve tender and juicy results.
  • Knife: Needed to cut the pork shoulder into manageable chunks before cooking.

Pork Shoulder Instant Pot Recipe: Tender & Juicy

This Pork Shoulder Instant Pot recipe yields tender and juicy meat, perfect for serving on buns or 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 380 kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 3 lbs pork shoulder cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce


  • Season the pork shoulder with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Place the seasoned pork shoulder in the Instant Pot.
  • Add chicken broth, onion, and garlic.
  • Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 60 minutes.
  • Once done, allow for natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  • Remove the pork shoulder from the Instant Pot and shred with two forks.
  • Mix in barbecue sauce with the shredded pork.
  • Serve the tender and juicy pork shoulder on buns or with your favorite sides.


For an extra kick, try adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to the barbecue sauce.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 30gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 620mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 3mg


Keyword Barbecue, Instant Pot, Pork Shoulder
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Tips for Making Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pork shoulder according to the recipe.
  • Allow the shredded pork to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the shredded pork completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Pork shoulder is also known as pork butt or Boston butt, despite coming from the shoulder of the pig.

Common Questions About Cooking Pork Shoulder in an Instant Pot

Can I use a different cut of pork for this recipe?
Yes, you can use pork butt or pork loin as alternatives to pork shoulder.
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 10-15 minutes.
Can I skip the barbecue sauce in this recipe?
While barbecue sauce adds flavor, you can omit it or use a different sauce of your choice.
Is it necessary to sear the pork shoulder before cooking in the Instant Pot?
Searing the pork shoulder before cooking is optional but can enhance the flavor of the dish.
Can I freeze the cooked pork shoulder for later use?
Yes, you can freeze the cooked pork shoulder in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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