You have got to try this sticky sweet Instant Pot pulled pork recipe! Tender pork roast in an hour using your pressure cooker. The best sliders ever!
I have made over 101+ easy Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom site but oh my goodness this Instant Pot pulled pork recipe one of my favorites!! With a sweet sauce with a bit of a kick and tender shredded pork ready to pile up on a soft roll and served as sliders during your next party or get together, it will surely become one of your favorite dinners or appetizers too.
I like easy pressure cooker recipes and I also like being able to adjust the spice level.
I do like a little spicy but not so overwhelming I can’t taste the other flavors so this one is great for everyone.
I fooled around with the timing and the sauce just a bit and got it just right with a rich sweet sauce that is a bit like teriyaki but with the addition of honey and Sriracha it has a nice balance between spicy and sweet that we fell in love with.
Here is how I made it……..
We started with a pork roast that was about 2.5 lbs.
To say we have a lot of pork is an understatement. We bought a pig from a local organic farm recently and started with this pork roast that is about 2.5 lbs with the bone so let’s call it 2 lbs. To make it ultra tender I cut it into 3 equal parts around the bone before turning it on so the meat would become as tender as possible.
If you are using a pork roast that is larger than mine you will need to increase the time a bit and/or cut it into maybe 4 pieces so it will shred easily once it beeps and cooking is complete.
In order to ensure you don’t get the burn notification after searing your roast watch this video on how to deglaze your Instant Pot
Then continue on to the next steps……
I like onions for their flavor. You can dice them like this or leave them sliced and in larger chunks. Totally up to you and will achieve the same thing so go for whatever you choose.
Cutting your pork roast into 3 or so equal parts will allow it to become really tender when it is cooked in your Instant Pot, if yours is larger than mine then maybe 4 pieces would work better. Make sure they aren’t overlapping.
Doesn’t this just look absolutely amazing??!!!
So I wanted a really thick rich sauce for my Instant Pot pulled pork recipe so after I cooked it initially I shredded it, drained the liquid, and then put it on a low saute with my spicy honey sauce so it really soaked that sauce up.
This is what you will need to have on hand to make it:
- Pork roast – 2-3 lbs fed the 5 of us making sliders for dinner with a side of corn on the cob
- Soy sauce
- Garlic – I use this already minced in a jar
- Ginger – in produce section, in a jar already minced
- Brown sugar
- Cornstarch – to thicken sauce
- Sriracha – for a little heat, even a little doesn’t make it hot but adds a lot of flavor
If you’re looking for the best sliders using this Instant Pot pulled pork recipe will be a hit no matter who is at your gathering for sure!
Here is the printable recipe:
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe
- 3 lb pork roast
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 c broth vegetable, chicken or beef
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 c soy sauce
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp ginger minced
- 1.5 tbsp garlic diced
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp sriracha optional, can use more for more spice
- Set Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil. Rub seasoned salt and roasted garlic and herbs on pork roast on both sides. When hot add pork roast and sear on both sides, turn Instant Pot off.
- Take roast out and cut into 3 pcs.
- Pour 1 c of your broth into your pressure cooker and use a spatula or wooden spoon to loosen the pcs on the bottom of your pot (called deglazing your pot so the burn notification doesn't come on later).
- Put pork roast pcs back into your pot with diced onions and last cup of broth.
- Set pot to pressure high for 60 minutes, close lid and steam valve.
- Do a natural release.
- Shred pork with forks, remove fat pieces if desired, and put shredded pork into a bowl.
- Discard liquid in pot and put back into Instant Pot.
- Mix all ingredients above together with a whisk until cornstarch is dissolved.
- Put Instant Pot on saute, low, and add sauce mixture.
- Put shredded pork in your bowl into your pot and mix with sauce.
- Allow to bubble just slightly so sauce thickens a bit and pork is thoroughly coated with sweet sauce.
- Serve on top of rice or in slider buns, top with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
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