Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
Easy1 hour 45 minsQuick
This Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe is quick and easy to make in the pressure cooker, and only calls for a few simple ingredients. (This post also contains some affiliate links.)
Annnnnd, we have another game-changer today thanks to the mighty magical Instant Pot.
BBQ Pulled Pork for the win, guys!!
Oh man, as a Kansas City girl, this recipe is everything I love about classic pulled pork this time of year. It’s ultra-juicy and fall-off-the-fork tender. It’s packed with all of my favorite smoky, tangy, sweet, savory, and downright mouthwatering BBQ flavors. It’s super-versatile, and easy to pile high onto sandwiches or serve on its own or whatever sounds good. It also happens to make for fantastic leftovers. And best of all? It’s super easy to prep, and only takes a little over 1 hour to cook in the Instant Pot. Not all day in the smoker. Not 8 hours in the slow cooker. Just 1 hour of actual cooking time in the pressure cooker, folks.
Let’s do this.
To begin, grab the starring ingredient of this recipe — your favorite BBQ sauce.
Again, as a Kansas City girl, I’ve been around enough BBQ in life to know that everyone has strong opinions when it comes to their own favorite sauce. So grab a large bottle, or whip up a batch of your own (<– I’m partial to this easy recipe of mine, which is a long-time fave and also includes ingredients I feel good about).
Then for extra flavor, I also recommend whipping up a quick dry rub to season the pork before cooking. Then — if you have the time — I recommend letting that soak in for at least 30 minutes before cooking (or you can let it refrigerate overnight, or if you’re in a hurry you can skip the wait time altogether). Then use the “Sauté” feature on the Instant Pot to brown your pork on all sides. Then cook it on high pressure along with some BBQ sauce and chicken stock for 1 hour. Let it vent naturally.
And then voila — this flavor-packed, tender and juicy pot of pork will be ready to shred and enjoy!
I recommend transferring the pork to a separate plate or cutting board to shred, while you let the remaining juices simmer and reduce in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes, skimming off the extra fat on top if you’d like. (Or you can use a fat separator – I bought this one for $10 on Amazon.) Then add the pork back in and give it one more good toss in all of those juices (which are super red and vibrant, btw, thanks to that smoked paprika!).
Then serve it up however you’d like! I made some sliders this weekend, topped with a simple cilantro-lime-mango slaw and extra BBQ sauce. And they tasted like sweet and savory and smoky and tangy heaven. Love all of those flavors together.
So if you also find yourself looking for a quicker shortcut to delicious BBQ this summer, get that Instant Pot to cookin’!
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Yield: 10-12 servings
Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
Learn how to make juicy, tender, and flavorful BBQ pulled pork easily with this easy Instant Pot recipe!
Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chicken stock or water