I make this Instant Pot Pulled Pork for nearly every big get together we host at our home. It feeds a lot of people on the cheap. You can use this pulled pork in a myriad of ways – for Instant Pot carnitas, burritos, rice bowls, nachos, salads, gluten-free pulled pork sandwiches, or for whatever else you can imagine.
Pulled pork dry rub
Because of the dry rub seasoning, barbeque sauce is not needed (unless you really want it). This meat is very flavorful and incredibly juicy on its own.
In fact, I like this pulled pork rub so much; I use it on other meats, like chicken, ribs, etc. So feel free to experiment!
Instant Pot pork roast is affordable
I love hosting parties at our home, but cooking for large amount of people can sometimes be financially challenging. Pork butt though, the cut of pork that comes from the pig’s upper shoulder area (also known as pork shoulder roast), is very affordable. I can normally purchase a 9 pound pork butt for $11-15, and it will serve 12-15 people.
How to make pressure cooker pulled pork
- Make the dry rub
- Place the pork butt on a large cutting board and blot it with paper towels.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the roast into pieces the size of your fist. If your pork roast is bone-in, remove the meat from the bone, and discard the bone.
- Place the roast pieces in the Instant Pot bowl and add the pulled pork dry rub. Toss to coat the pieces of meat in the rub.
- Add in the water.
- Cook at high pressure for 115 minutes (1 hour and 55 minutes).
- Let the Instant Pot come down from pressure manually. When pressure is released, remove the pork from the Instant Pot bowl and shred.
- Season with additional sea salt to taste.
Instant Pot pulled pork cooking time
I call for a much longer cooking time in my Instant Pot pork than some of the other recipes out there. Why? 115 minutes (1 hour and 55 minutes) produces super tender gluten-free pulled pork that shreds easily. A shorter cooking time will create tougher meat – I don’t know about you, but I prefer my pulled pork melt-in-your-mouth tender!
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
I purchased my first Instant Pot in November 2015, and it’s been true love ever since. I only use my slow cooker now when we have large gatherings, and I need to keep something warm for serving. Really, I’d like to just get rid of it, but it does come in handy for parties!
I have the Instant Pot 7 in 1 model, in both the 6 quart and the 8 quart sizes. My preference the 7 in 1 model over the 6 in 1 because of the “yogurt” function. I make Instant Pot Coconut Yogurt regularly, so that yogurt option is perfect for my family!
The 6 in 1 model Instant Pot does not have the yogurt making option.
Instant Pot vs. crock pot/slow cooker
This recipe will work just fine in an Instant Pot, another brand of pressure cooker, or a slow cooker/crock pot.
I personally find that the Instant Pot keeps meat even more tender and juicy than a crock pot/slow cooker. The Instant Pot locks in the juices during the pressure-cooking, unlike the crock pot/slow cooker, where some of the juices escape and evaporate while cooking.
If you’ve been on the fence about buying an Instant Pot, just do it. I promise you won’t be sorry!
BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe
You can absolutely use this recipe for BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. Simply mix the meat with your favorite BBQ sauce. My family really likes the Stubbs Hickory Bourbon BBQ Sauce (it’s certified gluten-free) and the O Organics Original BBQ Sauce (found at Carrs/Safeway).
These Gluten Free Hamburger Buns make the BEST sandwich rolls for gluten-free pulled pork sandwiches! They are soft and fluffy, and will quickly become a family favorite!
How to use your pressure cooker pulled pork
- Pulled pork sandwiches
- Rice bowls
- Add it to salads
- Serve it over baked potatoes
- Eat it with eggs and homemade kimchi for a quick high-protein breakfast
Freeze your leftovers
When I don’t make this Instant Pot bbq pork for a party, I’ll often freeze half of it; it freezes and thaws very well for simple and quick meals.
To package leftover pork for freezing, I either Foodsaver it, put it in an airtight glass container, or use a plastic resealable freezer bag.
Time saving tips
Costco will sometimes have 2 pork butt roasts packaged together and sold for cheap. I’ll have my husband cut them up for me and I’ll mix them with the dry rub. Then I’ll foodsaver each roast – cut up, in its own Foodsaver bag. This way it’s going straight into the freezer already cut and seasoned, so when I thaw it, all I have to do is pop it in the Instant Pot to cook.
I hope your family enjoys this pulled pork pressure cooker recipe as much as we do!
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe:
TO MAKE THIS RECIPE IN A SLOW COOKER: Place the pork pieces in the bowl of a slow cooker. Poor in the dry rub and then toss the meat to thoroughly coat in the rub. Cook on high for 3-5 hours, or cook on low for 4-7 hours. If you have the time to let the pork marinate in the dry rub, I highly recommend letting it sit 2-3 hours in the refrigerator before pressure cooking the meat. If you don't have the time though (I often don't), go ahead and skip this step. You can either discard the cooking juices, or use it to spoon onto the cooked pulled pork. I normally spoon some of the juice back onto the meat, but discard the remaining. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
TO MAKE THIS RECIPE IN A SLOW COOKER:
Place the pork pieces in the bowl of a slow cooker. Poor in the dry rub and then toss the meat to thoroughly coat in the rub. Cook on high for 3-5 hours, or cook on low for 4-7 hours.
If you have the time to let the pork marinate in the dry rub, I highly recommend letting it sit 2-3 hours in the refrigerator before pressure cooking the meat. If you don't have the time though (I often don't), go ahead and skip this step.
You can either discard the cooking juices, or use it to spoon onto the cooked pulled pork. I normally spoon some of the juice back onto the meat, but discard the remaining.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.