Instant Pot Pulled Pork in a bun on white plate.

Best Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe

Tender, flavorful and simply perfect. This pulled pork will be one of the best dishes you will make in your Instant Pot!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot pulled pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
pressure release time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 504 kcal
Author Anna


  • 3 lb pork roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
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  1. Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the rub ingredients. Rub all over the pork roast. Cut the meat into 4 pieces.
  3. Press "saute" setting on your Instant Pot. Wait 2 minutes, then add olive oil. Place meat in the Instant Pot. Let it sear on each side for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove onto a plate.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of water and deglaze the bottom of the pot (with a wooden spoon, scrape any cooked on bits). Add remaining water and apple cider vinegar.

  5. Place pork back in the IP. Sprinkle chopped onion around and between the meat pieces.
  6. Pour BBQ sauce over the meat, do not stir.
  7. Close the lid, set the valve to "sealing" position. Make sure the IP is set to cook on HIGH pressure. Press "manual" setting, set timer to 45 minutes.
  8. The IP will take 12 to 14 minutes to come to pressure. Once the timer is done, press "cancel/off" button and do not touch the valve. Let the IP release the pressure naturally. If you quickly release it, the meat will be tough.
  9. Carefully open the lid away from your face. Remove the meat onto a plate and shred with two forks.
  10. Reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid from the IP, discard the rest. Pour the sauce over pork just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Best Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 1300mg57%
Potassium 1115mg32%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.