Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 14 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork is made quickly and easily in the Instant Pot. Flavored with beer and sweet barbecue sauce, this dish is the ultimate comfort food.

Instant Pot recipes are a staple around here, and among our most popular dishes are Orange Chicken, Instant Pot Ribs, and Pressure Cooker Chili.

Best Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork is one of the most frequent meals I make in my Instant Pot. First, it’s super easy to make, full of flavor and it can be served in so many ways. I love a juicy and tender pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw. This recipe has been perfected to be your go-to when you need a delicious pulled pork sandwich.

Seasoned with garlic, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, and chili powder, this pulled pork has the right balance of sweet, savory with just a touch of heat. So good, I just can’t have only one sandwich! This is the perfect recipe to make if you are short on time, but want the same delicious flavor of slow-cooked pulled pork.

Why make Pulled Pork using your Instant Pot?

This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is juicy and flavorful and if you want to add some heat just add more chili powder when you cook it, or some Sriracha sauce at the end.

  • Making Pulled Pork in the pressure cooker will take you only a few hours, a fraction of the time actually from what would take you to use your crockpot, oven, or smoker. The pulled pork is ready to serve in under 2 hours.
  • It is a great alternative if you don’t own a smoker or crockpot.
  • Perfect for an emergency situation and satisfying a pulled pork craving whenever it hits.
  • Dirtying one pot only, super easy to prep and clean.

What is the best cut of pork for pulled pork?

Use good quality meat, preferably organic boneless pork shoulder. It has a little more fat to it and is also inexpensive. When cooked under pressure you end up with succulent, moist, and very flavorful meat. You can also try my IP Kalua Park, it’s to die for!

Also, sometimes I used pork loin. It’s not as fatty, but if you are looking for a leaner version it works well. Hence, it won’t be as tender and “melt in your mouth”, as it’s a leaner cut of meat.

How to make the best Instant Pot Pulled Pork?

This is a super easy recipe to make. For the best results, follow the below steps. Also, I have included the recipe video in the post to make it easier for you guys to understand. 

  1. Prepare the Sauce: Start by combining all the sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Then, stir well till properly combined. 
  2. Cook the Meat: Add the pork shoulder pieces to the pressure cooker. Then, pour the sauce over it. Close the lid, and cook. 
  3. Pull the pork: Once the cooking time is over, open the lid, and carefully remove the chunks of pork from the IP. Place the meat in a larger plate or bowl. The pieces may fall apart and that’s just fine. Next, simply use two forks to shred the pieces into desired sizes. 
  4. Serve: Enjoy it warm right away on buns, and topped with your favorite BBQ sauce, or coleslaw. 

Recommended Pressure Cooking Time: 

The cooking time might vary based on how thick the pork shoulder pieces are cut. In my opinion, it’s better to “undercook” the meat than overcooking as you can add additional cooking time later. Below you can find the general cooking time:

  • Meat cut into 8 pieces: roughly 55 – 60 minutes pressure cooking time.
  • If it’s cut into 4 pieces: roughly 60 – 70 minutes pressure cooking time.
  • If it’s cut into 2 pieces: roughly 70 – 80 minutes pressure cooking time.

Should you Brown the Pork?

This is totally up to you. If I have extra time, I would brown the pieces. Also, this bumps the flavor up a bit.

However, if you are short on time, simply skip this step. The end product will be just as delicious. Also, when cooking frozen meat, you’ll want to skip browning it, as frozen meat does not brown well.

How to Cook frozen pork in the Pressure Cooker?

Cooking frozen meat in the Instant Pot is very practical. I have a few recipes where I show in detail how to cook frozen pork tenderloin or frozen chicken breasts in the IP.

Simply follow the recipe card steps below, and add 5 minutes per pound of meat if cooked frozen. In addition, please note that it will take longer to come to pressure. 

How to make Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker?

This recipe works great in the crockpot as well. With the slow cooker, the cooking time will be much longer. However, you will end up with a super moist, juicy, and flavorful dish. Please check out the slow cooker version of this recipe by clicking here

What to serve with Pulled pork?

I like serving it the traditional way, on hamburger buns, and topped with bbq sauce. It also goes well with the following:

How long would pulled pork last in the fridge?

Leftover pulled pork according to the US Department of Agriculture’s food safety guidelines, can be stored in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days if properly stored in an airtight container and at a constant temperature.

Can you freeze pulled pork?

Yes, you can. First, fully cool it off, after adding it to freezer-safe ziplock bags. Flatten the bags and freeze. If properly stored in the freezer at 0 F degrees or less, the pork will last up to 6 months, however, I prefer to store mine only for about 3 months, after that it changes its texture.

How do you heat up frozen pulled pork?

  • You can place it in the fridge and thaw it before heating it up, which will reduce the heating uptime, but it is not mandatory.
  • Add the pulled pork to a large saucepan over medium heat, and heat it up, stirring occasionally, if needed add more bbq sauce or scoop up extra liquid if there is too much. Stir well to combine to make sure it heats up uniformly.

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Tips to make the best Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe:

  • You don’t have to brown the pork for this recipe. But for extra flavor, I recommend you brown it on each side for a few minutes. Also, use the Sauté function of the Instant Pot to do this.
  • Use your favorite barbecue sauce, I usually choose a honey-based barbecue sauce or bourbon, the latest is by far my favorite.
  • Molasses can be added to the pork. It gives a nice, subtle deep caramel flavor, that goes really well with the sweetness of the barbecue sauce.
  • Also, I don’t like using water when I cook pork. Usually, I add beer, and here again, you can use your favorite. My go-to is a beer like Yuengling’s.
  • If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can replace the beer with soda. Something like Coke or Dr. Pepper works well. Water and beef broth also work nicely.
  • Always save some cooking liquid, and store the pulled pork in an airtight container in the fridge. I always top it with some cooking liquid to keep it moist.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make this Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I love mine, it’s truly a lifesaver, and it has so many functions you can sauté the meat and veggies directly into it, so no need to dirty another pot or skillet. Also, it has a slow cooker function, and also a steam function that I use a lot!
  • Molasses – great not only in sweet recipes but a little also goes a long way and it adds such a nice flavor to many savory dishes.
  • BBQ Sauce – oh my, I buy it in bulk, I use it in many recipes, for wings, for pulled pork and chicken, and also just as a dipping sauce.
  • Dry Ground Mustard
  • Smoked Paprika – do not replace it with regular paprika, the smoked one is what adds great flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper Powder – you can add more or less, depends how spicy you want the pork.
  • Brown Sugar – to balance the heat from the pepper.
  • Cinnamon – a little goes a long way, but this addition will add some depth to the other flavors.
  • Liquid Smoke

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5 from 14 reviews

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork is made quickly and easily in the Instant Pot. Flavored with beer and sweet barbecue sauce, this dish is the ultimate comfort food.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 10 minutes Total time: 1 hr 40 mins


Sauce for Pressure Cooking:

After Pressure Cooking:



Nutrition information

0 Calories: 767 Carbohydrates: 105 Protein: 56 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 136 Sodium: 1827 Potassium: 1510 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 72 Vitamin A: 585 Vitamin C: 2.1 Calcium: 188 Iron: 5.5
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Des @ Life's Ambrosia

Pulled pork is one of my faves! I have got to try it in my instant pot!



That really looks delicious! I love pulled pork! And I need to get an instant pot!



Love the idea of adding beer for flavoring............ must try this


Cathy @ Noble Pig

Love my instant pot, what a great meal.


Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling

I'm really thinking I need to invest in an instant pot......they seem to make the BEST FOOD!


Michelle | A Latte Food

This sounds amazing! I haven't used an instant pot, but I've heard amazing things!


Angie | Big Bear's Wife

So easy and quick to make. I really need to invest in an instant pot! This looks so good.


Cindy Hinkle

I'm new to instant pot trying pulled pork today


let me know how you like it Cindy!


Amanda Lomax

Is it normal for the IP to take 30 min to come up to pressure? I’m new to all this and realized I started dinner way to late. 30 min to come to pressure, 90 min to cook, and 15-20 min to naturally release. Oops.


If the IP has a lot of liquid, it can take more than 20 minutes to come to pressure. Make sure your valve is closed.


Tony | Simple Awesome Cooking

I like the idea about using beer as the simmering liquid instead of a stock. I might try this with a dark porter or stout and see what it does to the flavor.



This recipe sounds amazing! I’m gonna make some coleslaw to top my sandwich off with ?



I just tried this in my instant pot and just love how easy it is to make, and wow what a time saver! Instead of beer I used Apple Cider. I also use it as a brine for my meat in the smoker. I don’t know about the sauté mode on your IP, but mine is extremely hot so browning the meat for 3 minuets on each side made it have a burnt flavor. I think next time I’ll either skip this step or reduce the time. Otherwise it was a wonderful meal. Thanks for sharing!



Thank you for sharing! I made a version of it and my family enjoyed it a lot. Love it! I used Pork loin, 1 cup Hunt’s BBQ sauce, 2 cup Perrier sparkling grapefruit water, and 2 tablespoon of honey.



I made it with hard cider, and it came out great!


Skylar Dean

Added brown sugar and the browning made the flavor really good, excellent recipe! Family loved it


Trying this today! Daughter said Mikes Pale Ale is great, & some apple butter. Dont have those so used Dr Pepper.



Hello, will it work with a manual pressure cooker? Also, what can i replace the molasses with in this recipe? Cheers!


Yes, it should work - Cook 55 minutes at 15 pounds pressure and let pressure drop of its own. You can use a few tablespoons of brown sugar instead of molasses.



 I’ve cooked this a couple of times. I’ve used a POWER Pressure Cooker XL. I only do 2 pounds at a time since it’s only my wife and I. I cut the time down to 60 minutes. I always find that pork does best when you let it naturally release. I haven’t used beer ,I do use Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce my wife and I love it. When my daughter is home she devours a pound of it herself. 



I thought you would want to know, there are several typos in this post. Trying to be helpful!


thank you, I was in a hurry :) I edited the post.



This is a terrific recipe. Needed no adjustments of any kind. Tons of bbq flavor an was very tender and deliscious. I will make this agsin soon it is almost foolproof! And you can make it to feed a crowd.


so happy that you liked it, thank you for the feedback!



I am making this right now. Will let you know how it turns out. I used the liquid smoke that you linked from amazon. Wow it smells wonderful. I used cowtown’s original bbq sauce. And Guinness extra stout and everything else you mentioned in the ingredients to a T. Oh my goodness. I taste tested the sauce and I honestly have never tasted any bbq sauce so good. The beet the cider everything comes together amazingly. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. 


Right?! it does smell amazing :) hope you liked it!



I made this a couple weeks ago and it was amazing! I just bought a 6.5 pound pork butt from my local butcher shop and I would like to make this recipe again soon. Do you think I could use the same recipe but cook it in the crock pot? I would be fine with cooking it in the pressure cooker but I'm unsure how to adjust the cook time with a bigger piece of meat. 


I would do 80-90 minutes.If its still not as tender as you like, just do 10 more minutes. I am glad that you like the recipe.


Ingrid Buxton

I have a stove top pressure cooker. To quickly release the pressure I run it under cold water until the pressure safety tab drops.


great tip, thanks!


Carolyn B Wright

This is a winner! Our roast was a 5 pounder, so I set timer to 65 minutes and did slow release. VERY good! Thank you!


I am so happy that you liked it!



Hello! This sounds amazing, but I'm a little confused about the instructions. For the sauce, do you combine all of the ingredients (i.e. beer, vinegar, molasses, spices etc.) with the bottled barbecue sauce before pouring over the meat?


yes :) with the 2 cups listed under the sauce ingredients. You will love this recipe, its really good!



I made this tonight, excellent recipe. I used broth instead of beer and Newmans Own original BBQ sauce. I did use a loin cut and it was maybe not as juicy but still really good.


So happy that you loved this recipe!



Have you ever put a frozen pork shoulder in the IP? If so, how long do you cook it? 


sorry, haven't tried that.



My family loved this recipe! Great flavor and very moist.



Can i use boneless pork chops ( from Costco) instead? They are very thick ones


It will be much drier and leaner, so if you are ok with that you can try it.



I just put it all in cooker accidentally putting all the sauces in as well ... now what will be my outcome ? 



Forgot to rate the recipe last time, oops!



I have just bought an Instant Pot and I found this page - I am glad I did! The recipe is awesome and I cooked my first meal with confidence. After 60 minutes the pork fell off the bone and tastes so delicious. Thank you! Terry


Thank you for your review! This is truly a delicious meal, and we are very happy you loved it as well!



Liquid smoke is not easily available here in Montreal. Can I omit from the recipe or is it a must. Thank you !


Its not a must, it just adds the smoky flavor, you can omit it.



Family loved it Used some "stewing" pieces from a bulk pack and an old pressure cooker Followed wd the basic instructions using ahome made babeque sauce that i had in the fridge Served it with some wraps, cucumber celery and additional sauce Even the fussy eater came bacj for seconds


Angela Caffey

My second time making this tonight. Absolutely love it!



One of the best pulled pork recipes ever!!! I used a Guinness stout and it was awesome!


OMG the Guinness is such a great idea!



Sue If you can't find liquid smoke gradually add 1/2 ‐1 teaspoon more smoke paprika. Add to taste.


That is a great tip Yolanda!



What coleslaw recipe did you use?


I used store-bought sorry :) but a great recipe is coming soon!



Awesome Now made it for the second time


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