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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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This recipe for Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork will become a staple in your house like it is mine!

I am a huge believer in the Instant Pot, pressure cookers, slow cookers, and any other way that helps me create delicious meals for my family!

The other night I was cut short on time and forgot to put my pork butt in the crockpot earlier that day. Thank goodness I had my Instant Pot handy. It made the most delicious Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork I've ever tasted.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

How to Make Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

This recipe comes together in a snap. All you need is a 3-4 pound Boston butt. I take it and chop it up into huge pieces so that it cooks faster in the Instant Pot.

Then, I top it with some bbq seasoning I always keep on hand here at home. I use my homemade version, but if you prefer store-bought — that is totally up to you as well.

Once you get the butt in the Instant pot and get your seasonings on it, add in about 1/4 cup of water. Close the lid and hit the Pressure Cooker button. Make sure it is set to more and set the time for 60.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

At the end of the 6o minutes, let it release steam naturally for about 10 minutes, and then turn the knob to vent to release all the rest of the steam left in the pot.

Do not remove the lid until the hissing has stopped. Take your butt out and place it in a bowl and shred with two forks.

This one recipe makes enough to have leftovers and you can use the meat to make BBQ Nachos, and more. It makes for great soups and stews and tacos and so many ideas!

Now, all you have to do is top your buns with this flavorful meat and add your favorite bbq sauce and my delicious homemade coleslaw for a sandwich match made in heaven.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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Yield: 8

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Learn how to make juicy, tender, and flavorful BBQ pulled pork easily with this easy Instant Pot recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 TBSP paprika
  • 1 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 3-4- pound boneless pork roast or pork butt, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bottle favorite bbq sauce
  • 1 cup water


  1. Whisk together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, black pepper, mustard, and salt in a bowl until evenly combined. 
  2. In the Instant Pot, add your cubed pork roast or pork butt and top with the spices and seasonings. Add in the cup of water
  3. Twist the lid on turn the vent to “Sealing”, then set the pressure cooker to “Manual” for 60 minutes. Once the time is up, let the vent naturally release for 10 minutes and then you can quick release the rest.
  4. Carefully open the lid. Transfer the pork to a separate clean plate with a slotted spoon, leaving the juices behind. Shred the pork with two forks.  
  5. Serve immediately, topped with an extra bbq sauce and homemade coleslaw

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 495Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 37g

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Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Where did the olive oil come into play?

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

It goes in with the spices. Sorry about that! I’ll update the post


Friday 4th of January 2019

Love BBQ Pulled Pork and making it in an instant pot ready to go when you're ready to eat=yumm! Total comfort food!

Kavita Favelle

Friday 4th of January 2019

I love the look of this delicious pulled BBQ pork, even more so given how simple it is to make in an Instant Pot. That's the perfect kind of cooking for winter too!

Lisa | Garlic & Zest

Friday 4th of January 2019

If I can't get my husband out there to tend to a long smoke for a good Carolina 'que this is definitely the next best thing! What can't the Instant Pot do?


Friday 4th of January 2019

BBQ pork is always a great fall back meal and really speeds things up in the IP. Just to clarify - is it 1/4 cup water as in the text or 1 cup as in the recipe? And do you add the oil and BBQ sauce in as it cooks or not, as it's not completely clear.

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