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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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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.)

Learn how to make perfectly juicy and flavorful BBQ Pulled Pork easily in the Instant Pot! All you need are a few simple ingredients and a pressure cooker, and this tender pork will be ready to enjoy for dinner or potlucks or picnics or whatever sounds good! |

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.

My favorite homemade BBQ sauce recipe! It's quick and easy to make, and made with ingredients I feel good about. |

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.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork! It's easy to make in the pressure cooker, and perfectly juicy and tender and flavorful. |

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!).

This Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe is easy to make with your favorite BBQ sauce, and SO tender and delicious! Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or any time you're craving some delicious BBQ for dinner. |

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.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork -- made extra easy in the pressure cooker! Just grab your favorite BBQ sauce, and this delicious and tender and juicy pork will be ready in no time. |

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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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 105 minutes
  • Yield: 10 -12 servings 1x


Learn how to make juicy, tender, and flavorful BBQ pulled pork easily with this easy Instant Pot recipe!


  • 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
  • 34 pound boneless pork roast*, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought), divided
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water


  1. Whisk together the smoked paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, black pepper, mustard and salt in a large bowl until evenly combined.  Add the pork, then gently toss with the spice blend until it is evenly coated.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  2. When you’re ready to cook the pork, press “Sauté” on the Instant Pot.  Add the oil.  Then once it is hot (it will be shimmering), add a single layer of the pork pieces.  Brown the pork on all sides, then transfer the pork to a clean plate and set aside.  Repeat with the remaining pieces of pork.  (This may take you 2 or 3 batches.)
  3. Once all of the pork has been browned, turn the Instant Pot off.  Then add the browned pork, chicken stock, and 1 cup of the BBQ sauce to the Instant Pot, and give the mixture a quick toss to combine everything.  Twist on the lid, turn the vent to “Sealing”, then set the pressure cooker to “Manual” for 60 minutes.  Once the time is up, let the vent naturally release.  (Don’t do the quick release option.)
  4. Carefully open the lid.  Transfer the pork to a separate clean plate with a slotted spoon, leaving the juices behind.  Press the “Sauté” button once more, and let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes or until it has thickened and reduced by more than half.  Meanwhile, shred the pork with two forks.**
  5. Once the sauce has reduced a bit, skim some of the fat off of the top with a spoon or use a fat separator to separate and discard it.  Then add the shredded pork back into the sauce, and give everything a good toss so that it can soak up those tasty juices.
  6. Serve immediately, topped with an extra spoonful or two of the remaining BBQ sauce.


*I recommend using boneless pork shoulder.  You are welcome to use more tender cuts of meat, but the pork may not be quite as tender and juicy.

**If the pork does not shred easily, just pop it back in the Instant Pot and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes on high pressure.

I served my pulled pork with a Cilantro-Lime Mango Slaw, which was just a combination of coleslaw + shredded carrots + fresh chopped mango + fresh chopped cilantro + fresh lime juice + a pinch of salt and pepper and ground cumin.  Super easy and delicious!

The most tender, juicy and delicious BBQ Pulled Pork -- made extra easy in the Instant Pot pressure cooker! Use your favorite BBQ sauce and serve this up on sandwiches or whatever sounds good. |

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75 comments on “Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork”

  1. This recipe was delicious. However the preparation time was longer than stated in the recipe.

  2. Absolutely fabulous recipe! The pork was so tender and full of flavour. My only complaint was how long it took, I had to have it the next day and not the day I intended to eat it.

  3. anyone know why we can’t do manual release on the pressure valve? its cooked under pressure for 60min, on top of searing time, on top of marinating for 30min….its LATE!! my family is starving

  4. This is the most amazing pulled pork I’ve ever made. I used a 4lb shoulder and marinated the pork for about an hour. It was so tender it barely needed shredded. Absolutely love this recipe!

  5. This was absolutely delicious and pull apart perfect. Paired with our favourite BBQ sauce, this recipe is definitely a keeper

  6. Favorite pulled pork recipe. So flavorful, tender and easy! I do add a little more time, and it comes out perfect every time. This is now our go-to and we’ve shared the recipe with many friends.

  7. Ok folks. As the recipe states… this one takes awhile! But its worth it! We loved it. And paired it with the cilantro slaw and Mac and cheese, served with Hawaiian rolls. Super easy, it just takes time. Definitely serves 8 people with side dishes. Love! Thank you!

  8. Great recipe, family loves it with some home made red cabbage slaw and slider rolls.

  9. Definitely our favorite pulled pork recipe. Here’s a helpful hint – put the meat in your Stand Mixer with the paddle accessory, put it on low-medium speed and voila! Your pork is now shredded, no struggling with two forks.

  10. Perfect. It’s easy to prepare and just 60 minutes to cook. My pressure cooker has Auto Steam release, so I used that to avoid waiting for the natural release time. Overall it took me 2 hours to prepare, cook and get it ready to eat. First time.

  11. This is amazing! I made it to take to the lake with us. I made it Saturday, shredded and refrigerated. I put it in a disposable pan, mixed in some extra barbecue sauce & covered with foil. On the grill it only took about five minutes to warm up. Served on homemade pretzel buns with homemade coleslaw, the sandwiches were a huge hit!

  12. How do I cook this in a crock pot? I don’t have an instapot

  13. Did not have smoked paprika on hand, so I used 1T paprika and 1T chipotle cinnamon. The only bbq sauce on hand was a Thai spice… too tired to make homemade. Probably not KS City flavor, but family really liked it. Thai was interesting. The rub and easy recipe steps are a fantastic base for any pulled bbq.