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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - The easiest + BEST pulled pork ever! Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. So smoky, so flavorful, so juicy, and SO SO GOOD.

The easiest + BEST pulled pork ever! Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. So smoky, so flavorful, so juicy, and SO SO GOOD.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - The easiest + BEST pulled pork ever! Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. So smoky, so flavorful, so juicy, and SO SO GOOD.

Hello, summer. Please don’t leave us just yet. I’m not ready for the Chiberia snow. (FACTS ONLY – it snowed Halloween day in 2019.)

No, but really, let’s get back to the best part of summer days: Pool parties. COVID honeymoon boat trips. And now, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.

That’s right. PULLED PORK SAMMIES. Smothered with your favorite BBQ sauce ever.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - The easiest + BEST pulled pork ever! Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. So smoky, so flavorful, so juicy, and SO SO GOOD.

The instant pot takes care of all the hard work and all the time, infusing all the flavors into the most tender, juicy shredded pork in less than 90 minutes.

When ready, drizzle with desired BBQ sauce (we recommend Stubb’s!) and serve with slaw, pickles and brioche buns. The pork also keeps VERY WELL so these can easily be prepared ahead of time for all the socially-distanced-get-togethers.

Stay safe and stay cool, friends. And eat some pulled pork sammies immediately.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - The easiest + BEST pulled pork ever! Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. So smoky, so flavorful, so juicy, and SO SO GOOD.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

The easiest + BEST pulled pork ever! Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. So smoky, so flavorful, so juicy, and SO SO GOOD.

20 minutes50 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (4-pound) boneless pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed and cut into 3-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle favorite bbq sauce (we love Stubb’s)


  1. Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high saute setting.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, mustard, cayenne pepper, cumin and pepper. Season pork with brown sugar mixture.
  3. Heat canola oil; working in two batches, add pork and cook until evenly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in chicken stock and 4 tablespoons vinegar, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 40 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  5. Remove pork shoulder from the Instant Pot® and shred the meat using two forks; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar and season with salt and pepper, to taste, if needed.
  6. Serve immediately with your favorite bbq sauce.

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  1. Living in the southeastern U.S., I’ve gotten kinda particular about pulled pork, but I decided to give this recipe a try. Not a fan of NC styled pulled pork (heavy on the vinegar), I was hesitant with the vinegar and held back 1T at the end, The result was an AWESOME pulled pork with a slight tang from the vinegar. That was before adding BBQ sauce. Adding the sauce was just “icing on the cake”.

  2. Excellent flavours! Pork was super tasty , moist and great on tacos.

  3. I made this with 2 pieces  of pork tenderloin & once it was cooked, I removed the pork & turned the instant pot on sauté & used cornstarch slurry to make a gravy. I shredded the pork & returned it to the gravy. I served this over homemade potato wedges & made it into a pulled pork poutine! Delicious

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I actually haven’t tried this yet, but am going to make it today. I may have missed it, but I wonder if you have a recipe for the slaw that’s on the sandwich in your photo? Or is it just a mixture of cabbage and carrots with out dressing? It looks great and I’m sure it would be a tasty addition to the pulled pork!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Did it in a crockpot on low for 7.5 hours my whole family loved it!

  6. Rated 3 out of 5

    Pork was tender but found it to be bland after it was cooked. Used the leftover juices to make a BBQ sauce which helped it. Might make more rub next time and less to none chicken broth. 

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    So easy to make, flavorful and tender!  Great recipe!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Incredibly TASTY! SO fast and simple to make too. Very much enjoy every recipe I’ve made from your site. One question on this recipe please. The Cook Time at the top is noted as 60 minutes, yet, step 4 indicates 40 minutes. I started with 40 minutes and it wasn’t done yet. Added another 20 minutes. It indeed fell apart at that point.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    You nailed this recipe. I am a Southerner and a connoisseur of good food; southern food especially. So many times you see a recipe for pulled pork and it is laden with sweet pickle relish or without bar-b-que. This one is perfect.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    It was delicious. Question: Was I suppose to save the cooking liquid? I through it out and mixed meat with Stubbs. I really loved the flavor of the liquid, so I thought if I skimmed it, it would have been a good addition. Wondered what you thought.

  12. I’ve made several of your recipes and have never been disappointed. Love your style – simple but delicious. I didn’t realize how late it was so I have a butt in the fridge covered in seasoning until tomorrow afternoon late so 2 questions:. Will a butt cook the same as a shoulder and will it be alright to sit in seasoning for the next 18 hours or so?

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    The best recipe for pulled pork! Delicious! I cooked it on the stove in a dutch oven pot.

  14. Question…is the Kosher salt measure for the Morton salt or the other type? Thanks

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you very much for making me a cook! Your recipes are so easy and delicious. I have never really considered myself good at cooking but your recipes have made me love being in the kitchen.

  16. can this be made in a slow cooker?

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am stockpiling a whole list of your recipes I need to try thanks to you!

  18. Hi Chungah, this looks amazing. I’ve never made this before. I see that you tossed pickles, green onions, and shredded cabbage and carrots. Am I missing anything? Thanks!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolute perfection! As good as my favorite BBQ place and so much cheaper and easier thanks to this recipe. It’s my go-to and has never disappointed. Thank you for posting Instant Pot recipes!!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    easy to follow. just learning to use my instapot amd loved the food I made today.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was OUTSTANDING! Best shredded pork I’ve made. I didn’t even use BBQ sauce on some of it because the flavor was so good with just the rub. Will definitely be making it again.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe! I have made it 2 times. Everyone I share it with love it.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the best pulled pork recipe I’ve tried. So flavorful it didn’t even need the BBQ sauce! It just fell right apart and was so moist. Thanks for the great recipe!

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    pretty good. but not the best pulled pork in the world.
    I ate it in a sandwich and later in the week made nachos using cheddar cheese+black beans + pineapple + bbq pork

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    The BOMB DIGGY! FOR REAL! Thank you. I addes 1 up of freshly blended pineapple juice to the acv and chicken stock. Next time i will use half the chicken stock. My family from 2 to 43 ate it up. We all agreed that it doesn’t need sauce but it is added bonus.
    You have made a fan out of me!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi, new to instant Pot. So…
    At step 3, all is done in the Instant Pot or a separate pan and than transferred to IP?
    Thank you

  27. Question — if I only have 1 pound of pork, how much chicken stock should I use? 

  28. Is it possible to also list the crock pot version on your recipes?? I’m sure I’m not the only one that still likes using a crock pot. There are so many recipes lately on this website that look so good and then I go to click on them and it says “Instant Pot” so I have to pass on it.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent!! Honestly, the best I’ve ever had. I used fresh pressed Fuji apple juice instead of chicken broth. The pork fell apart and was absolutely perfect. I used a barbecue sauce called Sweet Bay Barbecue by Schlotterbeck and Foss (S&F) sold at whole foods. But, I also love it with Stubbs sweet heat. Make this!

  30. These were so simple and so good! I made two batches for a gathering and they were all gone.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    This came out great for us. We used pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder because it was what I had on hand; the pulled pork came out quite well still.

    The base rub for the pork is excellent, and adding the barbecue sauce just before I serve (or reheat and serve since this makes great leftovers) is a great way to change the taste of the meal a bit, too.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just made this recipe in the crockpot and it was delicious! I only did the dry rub on the pork shoulder. No vinegar or additional liquid. Cooked on low 8 hours and it turned out so tender. Cayenne does add a bit of a kick, which I love. Served it on potato rolls with cole slaw. Sooooo good…thanks for the great recipe!

  33. This recipe looks delicious! Are their other types/cuts of meat that can be substituted if you don’t want pork?

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was outstanding! I’ve made pulled pork before but it usually gets its flavor from the bbq sauce. This one is excellent even without the sauce. It far exceeded my expectations!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was excellent! I agree about the choice of Stubb’s too. I’d sure like a version of this recipe for beef if you can manage it.

  36. Do you have a recipe for the slaw?

  37. This is our go to recipe and the family loves it! My family raves about it!

  38. Is there a recipe for the slaw?


  39. This sounds great. Question: ingredients list says 1/2 cayenne pepper. Is that supposed to be 1/2 tsp? Thanks! Can’t wait to make this.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe sounds delightful!  Unfortunately, I don’t have an Instant Pot but I do have a crockpot.  Do you have an recommended cooking times for the pork in a crockpot?  Thanks!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    I haven’t tried this yet. But I intend to very soon. This is the first recipe I’ve seen that doesn’t require cooking the pork in the bbq sauce. Can’t wait to try.

  42. Just curious as to what the slaw is and if there is a recipe for that too.