Instant Pot Pulled Pork

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


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.



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


  • 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


  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.