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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

  • Author: Leigh Oskwarek
  • Total Time: 105 minutes
  • Yield: 14 Servings (1/2 Cup per serving) 1x


This is a wonderful recipe for instant pot pulled pork. It is a favorite in our house with our friends and family, easy to make and always comes out tender and juicy. Instant pot pulled pork can be eaten with BBQ sauce or without. It can serve a crowd or just one person. Great to make a sandwich or to have on the side of one of your many favorite salads or hot side dishes.


  • 45 lb pork butt 
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 2 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 tsp black pepper 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (optional) 


Preparing the Pork Butt: 

Cooking the Pork Butt: 



Be sure to use a pork butt or pork shoulder, which are fattier cuts. If you use a pork loin, which is too lean, it will not come out as tender and will be too hard to shred.

If your pork butt is frozen and you forget to thaw it out, no worries because you can cook it frozen, but you will have to skip the step of searing it ahead of time. Just be sure to increase your cooking time.

Serve your pulled pork sandwich on a toasted roll, which will keep it from getting soggy.

Do not waste the liquid that is in the instant pot. Save it in a container and use it to flavor your cooked veggies for extra flavor. You can also freeze it and take it out to add to your next soup or stew.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

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