Instant Pot Pulled Pork is one of the easiest, tastiest ways to prepare pork roasts in the Instant Pot. Seasoned with a homemade rub and cooked until perfectly tender, this shredded pork is flavorful, juicy, and irresistible.
Pulled Pork is one of the easiest, tastiest meals I prepare for my family. It is inexpensive, feeds a crowd, requires minimal effort to prepare, and everyone loves juicy, tender pulled pork slathered in BBQ Sauce.
I have adapted my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for the Instant Pot. While I love the ease of making pulled pork in the crockpot, this recipe for Instant Pot Pulled Pork trumps the original, as the results are more tender meat in a fraction of the time!
Notes on Ingredients
- Pork Roast: For this recipe, you can use a pork butt, pork shoulder, or pork loin roast. This recipe is not suited for pork tenderloin.
- Dry Rub: A homemade dry rub made with, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder gives this pork roast so much flavor! It is a little bit smokey, a little spicy, and perfectly balanced.
- Cooking liquid: Apple juice and a little bit of liquid smoke flavor are the BEST liquids to for pulled pork. The apple juice sweetens the meat and the liquid smoke gives the meat a smokey flavor--much like the meat applewood smoked.
How To Make Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- Cube the pork into 3-4 inch chunks. This allows your pork to become SUPER tender and shred easily after pressure cooking.
- Mix together the spices in a small bowl and then and liberally rub them over the pork, coating each piece in the spice rub.
- Add the pork to the instant pot, along with the apple juice and liquid smoke.
- Set high pressure on your Instant Pot by hitting the manual button or pressure cook button on your pressure cooker until high pressure lights up. To adjust the time use the + and - buttons. Read more about this on Instant Pot Functions.
- Cook on High Pressure for 40 minutes for a pork shoulder or pork butt or on High Pressure for 30 minutes for a pork loin roast.
- Once cook time has elapsed, it is very important to allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 15 minutes when cooking large cuts of meat in your instant pot. If you do a quick release or pressure, your pork can become tough, making it difficult to shred.
- Place your pork loin into a large bowl and use 2 forks or a hand-held kitchen mixer to shred meat.
- Mix with your favorite BBQ sauce, if desired. This meat is super flavorful without the need for added BBQ sauce.
Ways to Serve Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- Top a bun with a generous serving of the pulled pork and a scoop of Homemade Coleslaw.
- Top baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes with the pulled barbecue pork and shredded cheese for a delicious quick meal.
- Use the pork to make a BBQ Pork Pizza.
Leftover pulled pork can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
You can freeze the leftover pulled pork in 2-3 cup portions in freezer storage bags for up to 3 months. To heat from frozen, place the frozen pulled pork in the instant pot with 1 cup of apple juice and cook on high for 10 minutes. Alternatively, thaw the pork overnight in the fridge and then reheat in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
For pulled pork, most would argue a pork shoulder or pork butt is the best option, as they are incredibly marbled and full of flavor. However, a pork loin roast still turns out perfectly tender when cooked in the Instant Pot and is a much leaner option.
For the best result, I highly recommend cutting the pork into large chunks before pressure cooking. Not only does this speed up the cooking process and results in more tender meat, but it also allows for more surface area to be coated in the dry rub, creating more flavorful meat. If you opt to NOT cut the pork into chunks, you will need to cook for 40 minutes per pound on High Pressure, for pork butt or shoulder, and for 30 minutes per pound on High Pressure for a pork loin roast.
Yes! If your frozen pork roast is already cubed, add 10 minutes to the cooking time. If your frozen pork roast is not cubed, you will need to cook for 50 minutes per pound for pork shoulder or pork butt and 40 minutes per pound for pork loin.
If you do not have apple juice, beer, chicken stock, or root beer all work well as a substitute for the apple juice.
More Instant Pot Pork Recipes
- Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
- Instant Pot Pork Chops
- Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
- Instant Pot Pork and Sauerkraut
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Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- 3 lbs pork roast (pork shoulder, pork butt, or pork loin) cut into 3-4 inch chunks
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs paprika
- 1 tbs onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbs chili powder
- 1 cup apple juice see note
- 1-2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1-2 cups barbecue sauce optional
- Cut the pork roast into 3-4 inch chunks. This will REALLY help your pork to get tender.
- Combine the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder together. Liberally rub the mixture over the cubed pork.
- Add the seasoned pork to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Add in the apple juice and liquid smoke. NOTE: Use 1 cup apple juice for 6-quart and 1.5 cups of juice for an 8-quart instant pot.
- Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes if using pork shoulder or pork butt. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes if using a pork loin roast. To set the cooking time, hit manual or pressure cook and then use the +/- buttons to adjust the timer.
- Once cook time has elapsed, let the pressure release naturally for AT LEAST 15 minutes.
- After pressure has been released, remove pork from the Instant pot and place in large bowl. Shred pork with 2 forks or handheld mixer.
- Top with your favorite BBQ sauce if desired.