Pressure Cooker | April 19, 2018

The Best Pulled Pork Recipe (made with your Instant Pot!)

This is the best pulled pork recipe! I have adapted a recipe originally by Paula Dean and made it more to my taste. The liquid smoke part is kind of amazing- that stuff works wonders on meat, giving it an extra dimension of flavor that a slow cooker just can’t do.
Instant Pot Southern Pulled Pork served with fries, succulents behind the plate

Making The Rub

  1. Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl.
  2. Rub the rub all over the roast! Pressing into the meat.
  3. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

When your 1-2 hours are done, combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a pressure cooker. Remove wrap from pork and place in pressure cooker.  Cook for 90 minutes on high and you’ll end up with a perfectly shreddable roast that tastes like it has been cooking all day.

pulled pork ingredients, liquid smoke bottle by the raw roast meat

Shred It Up

You should be able to easy shred the pork after it is done cooking.  I like to remove the roast from the pot and shred on a plate, then I put the meat back into the cooking liquid so it remains moist and warm until I serve it.
The Best Pulled Pork Recipe on burger buns, served with fries

Sandwich Assembly

Your sandwich assembly is very important.  You must not skip the slaw! It is so dang tasty.
  1. Bun
  2. Meat
  3. BBQ Sauce
  4. Slaw
The Best Pulled Pork Recipe, served with fries, succulents behind plate

Slaw Suggestions

We have a few stellar slaw recipes here on the blog.  Try one of these:

The Best Pulled Pork Recipe on burger bun, served with fries. coleslaw in the background

Tell Me What You Think of this Best Pulled Pork Recipe

And there you go. In true southern style, a rockin BBQ sandwich with the best pulled pork recipe.  Please come leave me a message after you make this recipe – and be sure to check out my how-to video below.

4.67 from 3 votes
Instant Pot Best Pulled Pork Recipe
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins
 

This is the best pulled pork recipe. In 90 minutes you have pulled pork that tastes like it has been cooking all day.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pulled pork
Servings: 4
Calories: 503 kcal
Author: Aubrey
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 pound pork shoulder
Additional ingredients
  • 6 crostini buns
  • 1 tbsp your favorite BBQ sauce as topping
  • 1/4 cup blue slaw recipe linked
Instructions
For Pressure Cooker
  1. Mix salt, black pepper, brown sugar, paprika and cayenne in small bowl. Rub all over the roast- pressing into the meat. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  2. After pork has marinated, combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a pressure cooker. Remove wrap from pork and place in pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 90 minutes.  Allow a natural pressure release.
  3. Using two forks shred the pork shoulder and then return to cooking liquid.
  4. Assemble your sandwich by layers on buns - pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and slaw.

For Slow Cooker
  1. Mix salt, black pepper, brown sugar, paprika and cayenne in small bowl. Rub all over the roast- pressing into the meat. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

  2. After pork has marinated, combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a slow cooker. Remove wrap from pork and place in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

  3. Using two forks shred the pork shoulder and then return to cooking liquid.

  4. Assemble your sandwich by layers on buns - pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and slaw.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Best Pulled Pork Recipe
Amount Per Serving (5 oz)
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 2315mg101%
Potassium 897mg26%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1950IU39%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 167mg17%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

  

 

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  1. Hi, great website! Can I double or triple the amount of meat? If so do I do the same for other ingredients? I am cooking for a christening and have lots of family to feed. Thank you.

    1. Hi Jamie! Yes as much as your crockpot can hold go for it! So I would double the rub to make sure there is enough to cover each piece of meat. For the marinade I would double or 1 1/2 times it. It shouldn’t be covering the meat, just about halfway up. But the marinade is pretty strong so you really don’t need a lot of it. Mostly you will want enough moisture when you shred the meat. Good luck!! hope you have a special day!!

  2. probably a dumb question but in the instructions nowhere do you mention whether to cook it on low or high in the crockpot, just wondered which is right..sounds delicious

    1. Hi Anthony! You can cook on either! That’s the beauty of a SlowCooker/Crockpot. If you want it done in 3-4 hours cook on high. If you need 6-8 hours go for low! Both turn out great.

    1. Hi Kory!

      The BBQ sauce does not actually go in the marinade.. just for topping the pork with the coleslaw. I can see how that would be confusing in the ingredient list so I’ll change that!