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Pressure cooker pulled pork served on a bun with salt and bbq sauce. There is a second sandwich in the background.
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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

This is the best pulled pork recipe. In 90 minutes you have pulled pork that tastes like it has been cooking all day.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Time for Pressure Cooker to come to pressure and to release pressure40 mins
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Lactose
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 336kcal

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon liquid smoke
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2-3 pound pork shoulder

Additional ingredients

  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 1 tablespoon your favorite BBQ sauce as topping
  • ¼ cup blue slaw recipe linked

Instructions

For Pressure Cooker

  • 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.
  • After pork has marinated, add 2 tablespoons to pressure cooker and set to saute. Sear both sides of pork. Remove from pressure cooker and set aside.
  • Combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a pressure cooker. Bring liquid to a simmer and deglazed by scraping the brown bits from the bottom.
  • Remove wrap from pork and place in pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 120 minutes.  Allow a natural pressure release.
  • Using two forks shred the pork shoulder and then return to cooking liquid.
  • Assemble your sandwich by layers on buns - pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and slaw.

For Slow Cooker

  • 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.
  • 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 8 hours.
  • Using two forks shred the pork shoulder and then return to cooking liquid.
  • Assemble your sandwich by layers on buns - pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and slaw.

Notes

PRESSURE COOKER PULLED PORK FAQ
Why do they call it pulled pork?
It is called pulled pork because of the way it is served shredded, or pulled apart.
What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?
I recommend using a pork shoulder, or pork butt for this recipe.
Why is my pulled pork dry?
Dry pulled pork is the result of overcooking. The rule of thumb is about 40 minutes per pound in the pressure cooker.
How long does this recipe last?
You can store this recipe in an air tight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 5oz | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1560mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1347IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 4mg