Instant Pot Pulled Pork

10 servings
55 min

This easy mealtime recipe is my go-to recipe for busy days. Pulled pork cooked in the Instant Pot is juicy and tender. It has the same slow-cooked taste without the time.

icon I serve pulled pork with my fresh homemade lemonade.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Pulled pork is perfect for easy meals, backyard picnics, family gathers, etc. It only takes a few minutes to prep.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Ingredients


  • 4-pound Pork Shoulder or pork butt
  • 2 Tablespoons dry rub (this is the one I used)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke


  • Instant Pot (this is the one I used)
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Tongs
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Serving platter
  • Whisk

Trim the fat from the pork shoulder and cut it into four equal pieces.

Using your hands, rub the butt rub into the meat.

Add two Tablespoons of olive oil to the Instant Pot and set it to saute’.

Once the pot is ready, add two pork and saute pieces for two minutes on each side.

Place the sauteed meat on a tray and repeat the process with the last two pieces of meat.

Remove the meat and place it on the tray.

Add half a cup of chicken stock to deglaze the pot. Then Press cancel on the pot.

Add liquid smoke to chicken stock

Add liquid smoke to the remaining chicken stock and stir.

Adding barbecue sauce to chicken stock mixture

Whisk in the barbecue sauce into the chicken stock cooking liquid.

Mixing the chicken stock mixture

Place the seared meat into the pot.

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Seared Pork

Pour the chicken stock mixture over the seared meat and secure the lid on the pot.

Select high-pressure cook (cooking time is 15 minutes per pound). Natural release 10 minutes.

Pour chicken stock mixture over pork

Use two forks to shred cooked pork.

Shred the cooked pork

Shredded pork

What Cut of Meat is Best for Pulled Pork

My favorite cut of meat for pulled pork is a pork shoulder or Boston butt; however, you can also use pork tenderloin.

Pulled Pork Serving Suggestions

When serving pulled pork, we add BBQ sauce.

Pork sandwiches are delicious served on fresh-baked buns topped with coleslaw.

Shredded pork with added barbeque sauce

Pulled Pork BBQ with coleslaw

See you soon,


Recipe details
  • 10  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 55 min
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  • 4 pounds pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butt rub
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Trim the pork shoulder and cut it into 4 pieces.
Using your hands, rub the dry butt rub into the meat.
Add the olive oil to your Instant Pot set it onto the saute' setting.
Once it is hot, add two of the pieces of the seasoned meat and sear for two minutes on each side. Then remove the seared meat to a platter.
Repeat the process with the last two pieces of meat.
Add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth to the pot to deglaze. Then Press cancel on the pot.
Whisk together remaining chicken stock, barbeque sauce, and liquid smoke.
Place the meat back into the Instant Pot and pour the chicken stock mixture over the meat.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and be sure the vent is set to sealing.
Set the pot to pressure cook/manual on the high-pressure setting (cook 15 minutes per pound)
Natural release 10 minutes.
Kippi @ Kippi At Home
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