Pulled pork on bun with apple coleslaw

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Made with a perfect blend of spices and a sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce, this Instant Pot Pulled Pork will be your family's favorite Instant Pot Pork Roast recipe. 

4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Pork, Instant Pot Pork, Pork Roast
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Pressure Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey

Ingredients

For the Barbecue Pork

  • 3 lbs boneless pork loin trimmed of fat cut into 4 inch chunks
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 cup apple juice or chicken stock or beer
  • 2 tbps apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tbps honey or maple syrup

Optional

  • buns for serving

Instructions

For the Pulled Pork

  • Cut the pork roast into 3-4 inch chunks (this will REALLY help your pork to get tender).
  • Combine the dry spices and rub the pork roast with the spices.
  • To sear meat in your instant pot, turn your pressure cooker to Saute and pour in 1 tablespoon oil. Wait until your pressure cooker reads Hot,  and sear your meat 2-3 minutes per side until browned. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Pour in the apple juice, and scrap up any browned bits on bottom of your inner pot, so that pressure can build appropriately and you won't get a burn notice. Combine the vinegar, honey, and tomato sauce, and pour over the pork.  
  • Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. Once cook time has elapsed, let pressure release naturally for AT LEAST 15 minutes.
  • Once pork is cooked, remove pork loin from Instant pot and place in large bowl. Shred pork with 2 forks or hand held mixer. 
  • Turn Instant Pot to saute function, on high. Let cooking liquid come to a boil and thicken for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Spoon thickened sauce over shredded meat and serve. 

For Frozen Pork Loin

  • Place frozen pork roast in pressure cooker. Mix spices with apple juice and pour over pork in Instant Pot.
  • Close Instant Pot and turn knob to vent knob to sealed. Cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes per pound.
  • Once cook time has elapsed, allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. Then remove pork loin to cutting board and cut into 4-5 inch chunks. Return pork to pressure cooker.
  • Mix together the tomato sauce with honey and apple cider vinegar and pour into pressure cooker. Close Instant Pot and turn knob to vent knob to sealed. Cook an additional 20 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once cook time has elapsed, allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. Shred meat and thicken BBQ sauce as recipe directs.

Notes

  • If you don't want to sear your meat, simply place the pork pieces in your Instant Pot Combine the juice, vinegar, honey, and tomato sauce, and pour over the pork.  Proceed to cook the pulled pork as the recipe states. 
  • Use Maple Syrup to keep this Pulled Pork Paleo. 
  • Feel free to use brown sugar in place of honey or maple syrup as well. 
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 456mg20%
Potassium 505mg14%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 765IU15%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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