Super juicy and fall-apart tender, this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork is seriously a crowd favorite. Made with a homemade rub and a delicious braising liquid, this recipe is the perfect way to enjoy Pulled Pork year round effortlessly.
3lbspork roast (pork shoulder, pork butt, or pork loin)cut into 4 inch chunks
1cupapple juice see note
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. Rub the mixture over the pork roast pieces.
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 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 cook time, hit manual or pressure cook and then use the +/- buttons to adjust 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.
Use 1 cup apple juice for 6 quart and 1.5 cups juice for an 8 quart instant pot.
If you do not have apple juice, beer, chicken stock or root beer all work well to season this pork roast.
The additional jarred BBQ sauce is NOT necessary. The pulled pork is plenty flavorful without it.
If you would like to make this pork with Homemade BBQ sauce: mix together 1 cup of tomato sauce with ¼ cup honey and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Pour over the top of the pork before pressure cooking (DO NOT STIR.) While shredding the meat, turn the instant pot to saute and let the cooking juices thicken, be sure to stir often. Spoon the sauce over the shredded pork.
Store leftover pulled pork in the refrigerator for 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.