hawaiian pulled pork
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5 from 5 votes

Instant Pot Hawaiian Pulled Pork

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. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, hawaiian
Keyword: hawaiian, instant pot, pressure cooker, pulled pork, sliders, tender
Servings: 8
Calories: 710kcal
Author: The Typical Mom


  • 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.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 2135mg | Potassium: 921mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 13% | Vitamin C: 19% | Calcium: 6.2% | Iron: 15.3%