Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

6-8 Servings
1 hr 15 min

In Canada it seems we now only have two seasons: winter and humid. When it’s too hot to barbecue, and you want to keep the heat down in the kitchen, look no further than a pressure cooker. It will cut down on energy usage and get dinner on the table in no time at all! Our pulled pork pressure cooker recipe cooks up tender and moist in less than one hour (with only 45 minutes of actual cooking)!

Alternatively, this is the best 'comfort food' recipe for fall too so keep it handy all year long! Note that this recipe would work just as well in an InstaPot.

Spice it Up

We reorganized our dedicated spice drawer. Now we can easily see what we have in stock to quickly mix up a dry rub for recipes like this!

Simply cut the pork into 4 pieces and toss then with the spice mixture.

The 'Secret' Ingredient

Our secret to making the best pulled pork recipe (aside from how fast a pressure cooker cooks it) is liquid smoke! Hopefully you can find it in your local grocery store. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back.

After rubbing the spice onto the pieces, nestle the pork into the liquid ingredients. Close the lid, turn on the stove and go do something else for 45 minutes. Then you can slow release the pressure cooker for 15 minutes.

Traditionally, if we were cooking this dish in a slow cooker, it would have taken 4 – 6 hours. Not only do we save time and energy, but we also save money when you take into account that the slow cooker runs on electricity (we upgraded years ago to gas range and cooktop). It’s a win-win for sustainability all around!

After only just an hour, the pork comes out fork tender and ready to shred into porky deliciousness! It’s so tender, it pulls apart easily with two forks. 

Grab a ciabatta bun and you’ve got a quick, delicious meal!. This bun happens to be gluten free, but grab your favourite. It’s amazing how far gluten-free bread has come in the last decade!

You could add toppings if you wish, but we keep it simple and let the porky deliciousness shine.

Store leftovers (if you have any) in a container in the fridge for the next day. Feel free to add BBQ sauce if you wish when reheating, if you find the sauce has soaked into the meat.

If you have leftovers, this recipe freezes well. We always keep some on-hand to defrost for an even quicker meal.

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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
Recipe details
  • 6-8  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 60 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 15 min
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  • 4 pounds pork shoulder cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 TBLSP paprika
  • 2 TBLSP chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Liquid Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp honey Optional. If you don't want to add sweetness, leave it out.
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
Cut the pork into four pieces. Use a glass dish to contain the spice mix and rubbed the spices all over each piece coating every side.
Add liquid ingredients to pressure cooker and nestle pork into bottom of pot.
Seal cooker, turn heat to med-high. Reduce to med-low once up to pressure (the red ball will drop and steam will start to escape). Cook for 45 minutes.
Remove the pressure cooker from the burner, let it naturally reduce in pressure for 15 minutes (slow release method), then removed the lid. It's always a good idea to wear an oven mitt when releasing the lid, regardless of whether you use the slow or quick release method in your recipes. The steam can be extremely hot!
After only just an hour, the pork comes out fork tender and ready to shred into porky deliciousness! Remove the pieces to a clean glass dish, leaving the liquid behind (you don't want to reuse the dish that had raw meat in it). Shred the pork with two forks.
Put the pressure cooker back onto the burner and use it just like a regular pot allowing the liquid to reduce. Reduce sauce for 15 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Pour reduced sauce over pork, mix well and serve on buns.
  • Don't leave out the liquid smoke; it adds that authentic BBQ flavour!
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