Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

If you have BBQ sauce and pork shoulder, you can make this awesome Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork! Fall-apart tender pork is served on a bun with a smoky, sweet barbecue sauce—all the flavor of slow cooked pulled pork in a fraction of the time.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork sandwich, with cabbage, celery, and potato chips

This is a pressure cooker twist on a popular slow cooker recipe. The recipe has only three ingredients (not counting the water) and is ready in less than 1/3 of the time, with the same delicious results and set it and forget it ease.

Shredded pork in the Instant Pot with barbecue sauce drizzled on top

Making Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork in an Instant Pot

An Insta Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create these delicious Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork!


What Kind of Barbecue Sauce Do You Use for Pulled Pork?

My husband and I really like KC Masterpiece Original BBQ Sauce. It’s smokey and sweet, with just a little kick. However, you can use your favorite brand of barbecue sauce in your pulled pork, with no change to the water content.

Or if you prefer a homemade sauce, my friend, Alyssa, has an awesome homemade BBQ sauce recipe

Can make it without BBQ sauce in the pot and add later (for diet needs like GF, etc.), but maybe add some spices or liquid smoke to infuse some flavors while cooking

Pork loin browning inside an Instant Pot

Why Do You Brown the Pork?

I browned the roast to bump up the flavor a bit. You’ll want to skip this step if you’re cooking from frozen or are in a hurry or feeling a bit lazy. (Some days are just like that.)

White bowl showing how to shred easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork with two forks

How to Shred Pulled Pork

I used my stand mixer to shredded the pork instead of forks. It’s quick and easy, but be sure and remove as much fat from the pork as possible before shredding it in the mixer.

What Kind of Meat to Use to Make Pulled Pork


Pressure Cooker Easy Pulled Pork sandwich, with cabbage, celery, and potato chips

Pulled pork is great because it makes enough to feed a crowd, or if you don’t have a crowd to feed, it freezes well too.

plated Instant Pot Pulled Pork sandwich, with an Instant Pot in the background.

More info on why you would want to brown the pork

Be sure to add more liquid if using a larger pressure cooker

Talk about or link to the cuts of pork

Can increase the meat without adding more liquid, just be sure not to fill the pot more than 2/3 full

Makes great sliders

No need to trim off the fat

Can add some more time if the meat isn’t shredding easily?


Can cut the pork into 4 equal pieces and reduce the cook time down to 60 minutes (done this way in the cookbook)

Can use a smaller roast if desired, same cook time, same water, just reduce the barbecue sauce by half

Can cook from frozen, add 5 minutes per pound. Will take longer to come to pressure

Link the natural vs quick release article

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Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into two equal pieces
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce, divided, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Select Saute to preheat the pressure cooking pot. When hot, add the oil to the cooking pot. Brown pork on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Brown each half of the roast separately. Remove to a platter.
  2. Add 1 cup barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup water to the cooking pot. Stir to combine. Add browned pork and any accumulated juices to the pot.
  3. Lock lid in place. Select High Pressure and set the cook time for 75 minutes.
  4. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker allow the pressure to release naturally (approximately 20 minutes).
  5. When the valve drops carefully remove lid. Carefully remove the meat from the pressure cooker and shred with two forks, discard excess fat as you shredded. (You can also use your stand mixer to shredded the pork.)
  6. Strain cooking liquid, reserving 1/2 cup. (Optional: Use a fat separator to separate fat from the juices.)
  7. Place shredded pork in the cooking pot with remaining 1 cup barbecue sauce and reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently.
  8. Serve on toasted rolls with additional barbecue sauce, if desired.


Don't substitute a leaner cut of meat with this recipe. The pork shoulder will release lots of juices and fat, and your meat will be extra tender and flavorful. If you're making it in a stove top pressure cooker or in a 8 quart or larger electric pressure cooker, you will likely need to increase the water.

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