Best Ninja Foodi pulled pork recipe you can throw in with little to no prep time. Comes out tender with TONS of flavor for sliders or tacos!
You only need 4 ingredients + seasonings to make this Ninja Foodi pulled pork recipe y’all! I know, tender and delicious pressure cooker pork in just 20 minutes for dinner is a winner. Easy Ninja Foodi recipe here. (affiliate links present)
Tell me you love this classic meal that can be served a multitude of ways.
Our favorites are probably sliders, tacos, or over rice though.
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- You can bookmark our Ninja air fryer recipes page, we add to that weekly.
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Here are a few questions you might have before you get started on this:
There is a big range when it comes to this question. If you’re cooking a bone in pork shoulder or pork loin like with our pressure cooker Hawaiian pulled pork, cook time about 60 minutes.
This Ninja Foodi pulled pork used a pork tenderloin which is the most tender, and small, so only 12 minutes was needed. With each you want some or all of a natural release to get it really tender.
I have never done this, but I guess if you had it in much more than 90 minutes or so it may have a mushy texture. Even longer than that you’ll lose moisture which will make it dry and a lost cause.
With tenderloin the answer would be yes, this cut doesn’t take long either. If you’re in a hurry I would suggest this piece. For pork chops or steaks the opposite will happen and they’ll get dry and inedible.
BUT if you make Instant Pot pork stew, it gets fork tender to perfection.
These are the ingredients we used here:
Pulled Pork Ninja Foodi
First off, you can season the outside of your protein as you like. What we suggest below is just that, a suggestion.
If I have the ingredients for the best dry rub I will use that almost always.
I tried to make this pressure cooker pork recipe as simple as humanly possible. Bottled bbq sauce was used but of course you can make your own if you’d rather.
- Pork tenderloin
- 1.5-2 lbs. is perfect to feed our family of 5
- Barbecue sauce
- Brown sugar
- Beef broth
- or water but come on, broth is way better
- chicken broth can be used too, whatever you have on hand
- Wooden spoon
Pulled pork dry rub
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Small bowl to mix these together
Once you have the seasonings liberally coating the outside you’re going to sear the outside. This is not a must and if you forget to do this, it will still turn out excellent.
The purpose of this step is to create a bit of added texture to the meal and tends to keep the juices in a bit better if you don’t do it.
- What is an important step after you’re done with this?
- You really should deglaze your pot. Why?
- This step is so that your pot doesn’t show the Need Water notice.
- Sometimes this happens when it senses that something in the pot is burning (may not be though).
It occurs if there are stuck on pieces of meat at the bottom of the pot, so just scrape those off after sauteeing your meat.
Here are quick step by step directions but you can print recipe at the bottom as well if you prefer.
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Ninja Foodi Pulled Pork
- Make rub
Mix salt, pepper and paprika together in a bowl. Brush olive oil over pork and rub seasoning mixture all over.
Set Foodi to sear / saute and sear both sides. Turn off pot. Then remove meat and deglaze pot to scrape off any stuck on pieces of meat, use a bit of your broth to do this.
- Add liquid
In a bowl mix your bbq sauce, brown sugar and broth together with a whisk. Put meat back into pot and pour sauce on top. (could add some diced onions now if you’d like)
Close pressure lid and steam valve. Set the Ninja foodi to high pressure cook for 12 minutes, then release the pressure naturally for 3 minutes.
- Thicken sauce
Remove meat and set aside to rest, keep warm. Keep lid off and set pot to saute to thicken sauce inside. Allow to bubble, stir for about 5 minutes until some liquid evaporates and sauce becomes thick.
Turn pot off by pressing start stop button.
On a cutting board shred pork or dice, then put back into pot and stir so meat is coated with thick sauce. Can crisp edges with air fryer lid on 400 F for about 5 minutes if you want (we don’t).
Why do you wait at the end when the timer goes off and not just do a quick release? For thicker pieces of meat that you want extremely tender this is the best method for your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker.
When you’re finished cooking and you take your tenderloin or loin out, keep it covered to rest for 10 minutes.
This will keep the juices inside and continue to soften it so it shreds easily with forks, similar to slow cooker results.
What is the best way to serve pulled pork?
If you’re seeking a low carb option then quinoa might be good for you with some mixed vegetables. I usually go really easy and buy small carnitas style soft taco shells and just throw it in there. Add some guacamole or cheese and done.
What kind of buns are best with pulled pork?
For us, those little Hawaiian sweet rolls rock! They’re super soft and give these a the perfect savory and sweet mix. Brioche or hamburger buns could be an option too. It depends on whether it’s a meal or appetizer really.
Do you serve pulled pork hot or cold?
I mean do what you want but personally I wouldn’t like it much cold. I like foods in general to be as hot as possible really. It’s best as fresh as possible, but we usually have a bit left for lunch for ME the next day.
How much will 5 pounds of pulled pork feed?
If you’re making this for a crowd and want to double this, I might increase the time by an additional 50%.
For a 5 lb. pork loin I’d venture to guess 45 minutes would well. If you cut it into 4 equal pieces you can decrease the cook time though to maybe 30.
- The general rule is that 1 pound of pork will feed about 3 people.
- This is a good gage if you have several families coming over so you can plan well.
- That will vary of course since an adult man will consume more than a 10 year old girl, but you get the idea. 😉
WE have a few more too: Instant Pot pork stew is a great one pot meal. Try our easy pulled pork slow cooker recipe with our “famous dry rub” everyone loves!
Our easy slow cooker pulled pork recipe is a winner too.
Ninja Foodi Pulled Pork Recipe
Printable recipe is below, but you can just come back and “see us” next time you want to make this again too. 😉
Nutritional information is included as well, and accurate if you use the same size piece of meat and sauce.
Ninja Foodi Pulled Pork
- Mix salt, pepper and paprika together in a bowl. Brush olive oil over pork and rub seasoning mixture all over.
- Set Foodi to saute and sear both sides. Turn off pot. Then remove meat and deglaze pot to scrape off any stuck on pieces of meat, use a bit of your broth to do this.
- In a bowl mix your bbq sauce, brown sugar and broth together with a whisk.
- Put meat back into pot and pour sauce on top.
- Close lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure cook for 12 minutes with a 3 minute natural pressure release.
- Remove meat and set aside to rest, keep warm.
- Keep lid off and set pot to saute to thicken sauce inside. Allow to bubble, stir for about 5 minutes until some liquid evaporates and sauce becomes thick. Turn pot off.
- On a cutting board shred or dice pork, then put back into pot and stir so meat is coated with thick sauce. Serve!