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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 minutes1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  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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29 comments

  1. 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!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  3. 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.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. Do you have a recipe for the slaw?

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

  20. Is there a recipe for the slaw?

    Thanks!!!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

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