Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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Tender, mouthwatering pulled pork in under 2 hours. Yes, you read that right. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have pulled pork sandwiches or tacos on a weeknight.

Tender, mouthwatering pulled pork in under 2 hours. Yes, you read that right. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have pulled pork sandwiches or tacos on a weeknight.

I think that I have said this before, but it bears repeating. Pulled pork is one of the most delicious foods on the planet. I shared a recipe in January for a low and slow, fork-tender braised pulled pork with you. Today I want to let you know that if don’t have 5 hours to dedicate to a meal, your Instant Pot is the kitchen appliance to turn to.

You can have tender, mouthwatering pulled pork on the table in under two hours with this simple recipe.

There are a couple of things that I do want to point out that will make this simple recipe hugely successful.

The first is to make sure that you cut the pork shoulder into at least 6 pieces. This will ensure that the pork is cooked to a pull-apart-tender doneness.

The second tip is to season the meat liberally with the spice mixture. Don’t skip this step. We are building layers of flavor and this one’s important.

Tip number three – sear the meat until a nice crisp crust develops. This goes back to tip number 2 and building layers of flavor. Searing the meat creates more complex flavors and leaves flavor bombs (AKA fond) in the pot that will create a sauce with tons of depth. Trust me, don’t skip this step.

And finally, the braising liquid needs a head start on flavor since we are not relying on time to create the depth of flavor. I like to add a good quality apple cider vinegar along with some spices to the water.

There you go. Four tips that will make your Instant Pot pulled pork irresistible.

As I mentioned in the pulled pork post in January, there are so many things that you can make with pulled pork. In addition to sandwiches and tacos, I love to serve it over grits or in a pulled pork stuffed sweet potato.

Whether you choose to serve the pulled pork on a bun, in a tortilla or over grits, this recipe and your Instant Pot are all you need for endless pulled pork creations.

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 15 miuntes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: -26195532.05 minute
  • Yield: 6-8

Description

Tender, mouthwatering pulled pork in under 2 hours. Yes, you read that right. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have pulled pork sandwiches or tacos on a weeknight.


Ingredients

Dry Rub

  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Pork

  • 1 (4 lb.) pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 and 3/4 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt

Serving Suggestions

  • Grilled buns
  • Warmed tortillas
  • Coleslaw

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for dry rub. Season the pork with the spice mix. Set aside.
  2. Add oil to the inner pot and select SAUTÉ to pre-heat. When the indicator says HOT, add the pork shoulder pieces to the pot cooking in two or three batches. Brown on all sides. Remove from the inner pot and continue until all of the pork pieces have been browned. Set aside.
  3. Switch to the WARM setting and add 3/4 cup of water to the inner pot, scraping to loosened the bits and pieces on the bottom. Add the vinegar, tomato paste, brown sugar, chili powder, ground mustard, salt, and the remaining 2 cups water.
  4. Add the pork back into the inner pot. Close and lock the lid. Make sure the steam release handle is in the sealed position.
  5. Select PRESSURE COOK and cook on HIGH. Set 1 hour of pressure cooking time.
  6. When time is up, turn the steam release handle to the venting position and allow steam to escape. When the valve has dropped, unlock the lid and open carefully. Remove pork to a large bowl.
  7. Switch the Instant Pot to SAUTÉ and simmer the juices for about 15 minutes until reduced by about half.
  8. While the juices are simmering, use 2 forks to shred the pork.
  9. Add 2 cups of the reduced cooking liquid into the shredded pork and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  10. Serve on grilled buns or warmed tortillas, your favorite BBQ sauce or salsa and a bowl of coleslaw.

 

 

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