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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork overhead view on table.

Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

  • Author: Bailey Sissom
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Meals
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: BBQ


  • 1/4 cup, coconut sugar, divided (you can sub brown sugar)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • (1) 3.5 - 4 lb. boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 3/4 cup beef stock (chicken stock or water can be subbed)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs tomato paste
  • 12 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • OPTIONAL:  Pickles, BBQ sauce and Slaw for garnish


  1. In a small bowl combine 2 Tbs coconut sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, mustard powder, ground cumin, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork.
  2. Turn on the Instant Pot® to the sauté setting. Add the olive oil and once hot, add the pork in 2 batches, turning until browned on all sides (about 2 minutes per side). Switch the Instant Pot® to warming mode and transfer the seared pork to a plate.
  3. To the Instant Pot®, add beef stock, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, remaining 2 Tbs. coconut sugar, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Whisk to combine. Add the pork back to the sauce. Set pressure cook on high for 55 minutes.
  4. After 55 minutes, perform a quick release. Carefully unlock/open the lid and transfer the pork to a large bowl.
  5. Switch the Instant Pot ® to the sauce setting and simmer the juices until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. As juices are reducing, use a spoon to remove any fat that floats to the top.
  6. Use 2 forks to shred the pork.
  7. Add desired amount of reduced cooking liquid to the shredded pork.  Serve in hamburger buns with BBQ sauce.


  • BBQ sauce can have lots of crazy ingredients. I recently tried THIS ONE from The New Primal and enjoyed it. It's a bit pricy, but I liked the real-food ingredient list.
  • The hamburger bun and garnishes are not included in the nutrition information.

Keywords: Instant Pot, BBQ, Pulled Pork