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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe


Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This pressure cooker pulled pork recipe is my go-to for a no-fuss, flavor-packed meal. Tender, juicy pork with a kick of spices, all done in an hour. Perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

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Craving melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork without spending hours hovering over a smoker? I've got you covered! My pressure cooker method delivers tender, flavorful pork in a fraction of time. Perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends, this recipe transforms humble pork shoulder into a succulent feast. Infused with aromatic spices and ready for your favorite BBQ sauce, prepare yourself for a flavor explosion. Trust me, once you try this foolproof method, you'll never look back. Let's dive into pork perfection!

Ingredients for Delicious Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Pork shoulder: The main protein in this dish, pork shoulder becomes tender and flavorful when cooked low and slow.
  • Chicken broth: Adds depth of flavor and moisture to the pork while cooking, enhancing the overall taste of the pulled pork.
  • Onion: Provides a sweet and savory base flavor to the pulled pork, complementing the richness of the meat.
  • Garlic: Adds a pungent and aromatic flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste profile of the pulled pork.
  • Paprika: Brings a subtle smokiness and mild heat to the pulled pork, adding depth and complexity to the flavor.
  • Cumin: Offers a warm and earthy flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall spice profile of the pulled pork.
  • Chili powder: Adds a kick of heat and depth of flavor to the pulled pork, balancing out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • BBQ sauce: Optional but adds a tangy and sweet flavor to the pulled pork, giving it a classic barbecue taste.

Essential Tools for Making Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

  • Pressure cooker: Essential for cooking the pork quickly and tenderizing it to achieve perfect pulled pork texture.
  • Tongs: Needed for handling the hot pork when shredding it after cooking.

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

This Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy tender, flavorful pulled pork. Perfect for sandwiches or as a main dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Natural Pressure Release Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • Pressure Cooker


Main Ingredients

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


  • Season the pork with salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and chili powder.
  • Place the pork, onion, garlic, and chicken broth in the pressure cooker.
  • Cook on high pressure for 1 hour.
  • Release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  • Shred the pork using two forks.
  • Serve the pulled pork on buns with BBQ sauce if desired.


For a smokier flavor, you can add a few drops of liquid smoke to the pressure cooker.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 30gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 400mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg


Keyword BBQ, Pressure Cooker, Pulled Pork
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Make Ahead and Freezing Tips for Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Make Ahead Instructions

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

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the pulled pork completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When making this pressure cooker pulled pork recipe, consider adding a splash of apple cider vinegar before cooking to enhance the flavor and tenderness of the meat.

Frequently Asked Questions About Making Pulled Pork in a Pressure Cooker

Can I use a different cut of meat for this pulled pork recipe?
Yes, you can use pork butt or pork loin as alternatives to pork shoulder for this recipe.
How can I make this pulled pork recipe spicier?
To add more heat, increase the amount of chili powder or add some cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix.
Can I make this recipe without a pressure cooker?
Yes, you can make this pulled pork in a slow cooker by cooking on low for 8-10 hours until the pork is tender and easy to shred.
How long can I store the leftover pulled pork?
You can store the leftover pulled pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.
Can I make this pulled pork recipe in an Instant Pot?
Yes, you can use an Instant Pot to make this recipe by following the same instructions for the pressure cooker.

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