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Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe

Here is a really easy Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe you will love. Amazing barbecue pulled pork sandwiches made in your pressure cooker that even my little one loves. Juicy pork usually takes all day to get this tender but in your Instant Pot it takes less than a few hours to fall apart.

instant pot pork shoulder recipe

If you loved pulled pork sandwiches, here is a really easy Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe you will love! You can use pre-made barbecue sauce as the base or whip up a quick one with the recipe I have here. It’s one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes. (originally published 3/17, affiliate links present)

This is such an inexpensive meal, and so yummy too! If you’re looking for a Ninja Foodi recipe that pot will work just as well, no worries.

If by chance you’ve forgotten to defrost your meat, don’t fret! We even have instructions for Instant Pot frozen pork shoulder for you too.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Mix up a bit of sweet and savory rub for your pork shoulder and it is done, fall off the bone (if there is one) meat in just 90 minutes. This is why I love my pressure cooker so much.  

Let me show you just how easy cooking pulled pork is using this method.

pulled pork

I bet you have all the ingredients in your house already, other than the pork shoulder. So it’s really easy to throw together once you have that.

If you want a really quick way you can just use bottled barbecue sauce and a bottled already made rub. But I have an even better homemade recipe below that is super quick too.

  • I love using my Instant Pot because it cuts the cooking time in at least half, usually less than that. To cook pork in a pressure cooker takes only about 90 minutes for a 5 lb. piece of meat cut in half.
  • I’ve put it in whole too but cut in half comes out a bit more tender.
  • You can use your Ninja Foodi to make this as well.

Put some on a bun topped with cole slaw and it’s a fantastic meal.

easy pressure cooker pulled pork

Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe

  1. Small bowl
  2. Pressure cooker
    1. if you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot
    2. it will help you avoid the false burn notice from appearing on any recipe
  3. 4-5 lb. pork shoulder
  4. Apple cider vinegar
  5. Ketchup
  6. Worcestershire sauce
  7. Spice mixture to rub on your pork
    1. Brown sugar
    2. Onion and garlic powder
    3. Paprika
    4. Chili powder
    5. Seasoned salt, we used Lawry’s
  8. Cole slaw – great to use for sliders, here’s an easy homemade recipe for cole slaw
  9. Hawaiian sweet rolls – we use these when making sliders, the best!

What is the best cut of pork for pulled pork?

The best roast is the shoulder. High in fat and connective tissue, the shoulder is also the most flavorful part of the hog. Pork shoulder is typically cut into two parts, the Boston Butt, and the Picnic Roast. You may see them called this too.

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Here are the steps to follow, I recommend watching the video first though as it is a good example

  1. Mix together your dry seasonings and rub it all over your pork shoulder or pork butt, cut it in half so it becomes more tender when you pressure cook it.
  2. Then mix together sauce ingredients and pour half inside your pot
  3. Lay meat on top of that with remaining sauce poured on top

Some prefer to sear the outside of the meat first with some olive oil, I generally do not. If you do you MUST ensure that you deglaze your pot before continuing or you’ll get the burn notice.

  1. Close lid and turn steam valve to sealing. 
  2. Set to high pressure for 90 minutes followed by a 10 – 15 minute natural release.
    1. Quick release isn’t recommended as you want the meat to be as tender as possible.
  3. Shred with fork, remove any chunks of fat, allow to sit in sauce while people serve themselves.

Everyone in our family loves this quick Instant Pot pork recipe. The flavorful cooking liquid you pour on the bottom of the pot permeates into each piece and makes it taste amazing.

It is great during the summertime when you don’t want to heat up your oven or use your bbq.

hawaiian pulled pork

Looking for more Instant Pot pork recipes?

This Instant Pot pulled pork recipe has an Asian twist. We use a different sauce in our Ninja Foodi pulled pork recipe you can try too.

How can I eat pulled pork without bread?

Helpful if you are following a high protein and/or keto friendly diet.

  1. Tacos – fill it with your meat, avocado, sour cream etc
  2. Serve them on top of mashed potatoes
    1. Polenta is also a good alternative
  3. Added it inside of a batch of chili – great idea for leftover pulled pork
  4. Some like to add it to poached eggs, kimchi, or inside the potato cakes mixture
  5. Serve it inside a wrap with hummus 

What do you serve with pulled pork??

Make a quick batch of Instant Pot vegetables to go with it if you want.

steaming vegetables in instant pot

How long is leftover pulled pork good for?

Leftover pulled pork is the same as leftover ham or any other cooked meat. According to food safety guidelines, the safe storage life of these cooked meats is 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator if stored properly.

  • This means you need to either wrap leftover inside tinfoil, or I prefer to keep it inside a freezer bag with the air removed so it doesn’t dry out.

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Can you freeze leftover pulled pork?

Yes!! You can freeze the excess of a double or triple batch for future meals. This comes in handy if you are frequently short on time. Just store it properly inside airtight containers and you’ll have a quick and tasty meal for nights when you don’t have time to cook.

Here’s the printable recipe to follow

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Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe

Here is a really easy Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe you will love. Amazing barbecue pulled pork sandwiches made in your pressure cooker that even my little one loves. Juicy pork usually takes all day to get this tender but in your Instant Pot it takes less than a few hours to fall apart. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, pressure cooker, pulled pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 360kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together your ketchup, vinegar, and worcestershire sauce. Pour half of this into your pot. 
  • Mix together your spices and then rub it into your pork shoulder, top and bottom. 
  • Cut your pork shoulder in half and put it into your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.  (it comes out more tender when cut into smaller pieces)
  • Pour the remaining sauce you made over your piece of pork and set your IP to manual, pressure, high, for 90 minutes (for 4.5 pounds this made it very easy to shred).
  • Close steam valve. 
  • When done do a natural release for 10 minutes, then release rest of steam and carefully lift lid. Shred pork with 2 forks and serve on buns with coleslaw for sandwiches.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 1745mg76%
Potassium 552mg16%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1275IU26%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Kim Avery

Monday 14th of September 2020

Super Yummy! Great for lazy football days. I highly recommend trying the coleslaw!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Awesome!!

Ronn Dula

Thursday 24th of October 2019

This recipe yielded a beautifully moist and tender shoulder, very similar to the North Carolina barbecue I grew up on and cannot find in Texas. The only thing missing is the flavor of a true vinegar based North Carolina barbecue sauce. While you can add sauce after the meat is cooked, it then becomes an added-on flavor rather than being an integrated flavor in the finished product. I'm going to experiment with adding sauce to the InstantPot before cooking and see what happens, as well as defining how much sauce to use in the process. As a side note, North Carolina barbecue is traditionally chopped into chunks 1/2 inch on a side, larger or smaller to personal preference. Contrary to common belief, it is not normally pulled except at a pig picking, where the whole hog is cooked and the guests pull what they want from the displayed whole critter on a buffet.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 24th of October 2019

I am glad it was fall apart tender like we all like it.

Lisa

Sunday 4th of November 2018

I've made this multiple times. Love how easy it is, and so delicious! I have used a pork loin too, for a leaner version. Not quite as moist, but it's a good option.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 4th of November 2018

OH I am so glad you have enjoyed it!

Judie Patterson

Tuesday 17th of July 2018

I am a change ingredients type cooker; I cut roast in half, sauteed removed roast, mixed 1 cup chicken broth to 1 can of cream of Jalapeno and 1 packet of Lipton seasoning of Herb & Garlic - added on top of roast 2 quartered onions, several carrots (regular, not little sweet) and threw in a little mess of the small red potatoes - high pressure - 90 minutes - will get back to after I see..... This is the worst time cause you can't open, you can't see - it's a surprise!!!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 17th of July 2018

Hope you loved it too

Jenna Parson

Sunday 6th of May 2018

Followed your recipe exactly and it was perfect, everyone loved it. Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Monday 7th of May 2018

OH I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

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