This easy Instant Pot Hawaiian pulled pork recipe is amazing and perfect for any party served as sliders or on top of rice for a tasty family dinner.
It’s that time of year again when families are looking for easy meal ideas that are delicious and don’t take a long time to prepare. Right??!! If you have kids at home and are busy getting them ready for Back to School this easy Instant Pot Hawaiian pulled pork recipe is perfect! It’s one of our favorite 101+ Instant Pot recipes. 😉 Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Prime Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine. (originally published 9/18, affiliate links present)
I’m always trying to create easy recipes that are great during the summertime. Especially during outdoor parties, picnics, and family dinners when school starts. That’s where this Instant Pot Hawaiian pulled pork comes into play.
- Something I can whip together and throw in my Instant Pot is ideal especially on days where I don’t have a lot of time. But at the same time I want something hearty that will keep our bellies full.
Why do I use my Instant Pot as often as I do? Well during the summertime I do NOT want to turn on my oven when it’s 90ish degrees outside. During the busy school year it’s great too because we are BUSY!
To start with all you need are a few items that can be found at your local Stokes Fresh Food Market including this Smithfield® PRIME Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin; it’s great for making pulled pork!
- You see….not all pork is created equal.
With Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork cuts you’ll get a piece of meat that is 20% more tender, there are no added hormones or steroids. It’s also a product of the USA, and is gluten free.
You could use their pork tenderloin for this but I wanted a larger cut of meat. The center cut pork loin is what I chose to use this time. Ours was about 3.5 lbs. in size and feed all 5 of us.
- Cut your larger piece of pork into 4 equal smaller pieces and rub seasoning all over each one. (1 piece is missing from photo because it didn’t fit at the same time)
- Then add some olive oil to your Instant Pot (I am using a 6 qt. Instant Pot here) and set it to the saute function.
- Lightly sear all sides of your pork and remove when done, do this for all 4 pieces.
- Turn your Instant Pot off/cancel button and deglaze your pot. (scrape all little pieces of meat off the bottom of your pot)
- Put your seared pork pieces back into your pot with your diced onions and vegetable broth. Close your lid and steam valve.
- Set your Instant Pot or other version of pressure cooker to pressure high for 60 minutes.
- When your pot beeps do a quick release and smell the wonder already…and it’s not even done yet!
- Shred your OH SO TENDER pork with two forks (I usually do this in a separate bowl).
- Drain your pot into a strainer keeping the tender onions, return those to your Instant Pot.
- Mix ingredients for your Hawaiian sauce.
- Put your shredded pork back into your pot with pineapple tidbits and the sauce you just made. Gently mix together and put lid back on.
- Serve your Instant Pot Hawaiian pulled pork on top of rice or sweet rolls topped with Hawaiian cole slaw and enjoy!!
I made these Instant Pot pulled pork sliders using this recipe the other night and my kids raved over them!
This is what our Instant Pot Kalua pork looked like when it was done! Then we decided to make sliders out of it.
- Smothered in a tangy but sweet Hawaiian barbecue style sauce, this pulled pork is great no matter how you serve it. The pork keeps well for hours in your Instant Pot and is awesome if you’re having a party and want to keep it for grazing throughout the afternoon.
If you want to warm it back up just set your Instant Pot to sauté and use tongs to gently move around until it’s all warmed again and then turn off again. Leaving the top on will keep it nice and warm too.
This is what you will need to pick up to make our easy Instant Pot Hawaiian pulled pork recipe
- Smithfield Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin – about 3.5 lbs.
- Olive oil
- Vegetable broth
- Pineapple tidbits & some juice out of the can
- Soy sauce
- Apple cider vinegar
- Tomato paste
Next you’ve gotta try this Instant Pot Hawaiian chicken! It is so amazing.
We hope you love our dinner creation, if you’re looking for other easy Instant Pot recipes here are a few:
- We made Instant Pot hamburger casserole and it was a hit too
- Instant Pot tacos
- Tender Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe
If you want to make Ninja Foodi pulled pork or Crockpot Express the directions will remain the same other than some buttons say brown instead of saute.
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Instant Pot Hawaiian Pulled Pork
- 3.5 lbs pork center cut pork loin Smithfield Prime brand
- 1 tbsp seasoned salt
- 1 tbsp salt free seasoning I used garlic and herb seasoning
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 c vegetable broth or other broth of your choice
- 1 onion diced
- 1/2 c ketchup
- 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 c brown sugar
- 3 oz tomato paste
- 1/2 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp soy sauce I used low sodium
- 1.5 c pineapple tidbits without juice
- 1 tbsp pineapple juice
- Cut your Smithfield Prime pork center cut pork loin in 4 equal pieces. Rub your seasoning salt and salt free seasoning on all pieces - top and bottom.
- Turn pressure cooker to saute, low and add olive oil. When hot put pork pieces in and sear both sides, remove when all 4 pieces are done and turn pot to OFF/Cancel.
- Pour 1 cup of your vegetable broth into your Instant Pot and use a wooden spoon to scrape bits of seasoning and pork bits off bottom of pot. (called deglazing, link to how to do this above recipe card if needed)
- Leave broth in pot and put your 4 pork pieces back in. Pour remaining cup of broth into your pot with your diced onions.
- Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 60 minutes. Do a quick release when done. Turn pot OFF/Cancel.
- Take 1 piece out at a time and in a separate bowl shred your pork and remove fat (if desired).
- Dump contents of pot out into a strainer to keep the cooked onions. Put onions back into your pressure cooker pot.
- Add shredded pork back into your pot with your onions.
- Mix together all other ingredients listed above (from ketchup down) well in a bowl (except pineapple tidbits) and pour on your pulled pork inside your pressure cooker.
- Gently mix so pork is coated.
- Add in your pineapple tidbits and gently mix in.
- Serve on slider buns topped with our homemade cole slaw or if you want it a bit warmer set to saute low again, stir gently as it is warming and then turn pot off and serve.