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Instant Pot Pulled Pork in under 45 minutes

I love making Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot because it is ready in under 1 hour. The meat is juicy and falls apart...perfect for pulled pork sandwiches!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pulled pork recipe, gluten free, recipe for pulled pork
Servings: 8



Brown the Pork Shoulder

  • Set your Instant Pot to high sauté.  Toss the chunks of roast in the BBQ rub.  When the Instant Pot is hot, add the oil, then ½ to ⅓ of the pork chunks.  Let the meat cook on each side for about 1 minute or until browned.  Continue with the rest of the meat.  Remove from the pot and set aside.

Deglaze the Instant Pot

  • Browned and burnt bits on the bottom of the pot will keep it from coming to pressure.  Add the water to the hot pot and scrape these bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon.

Pressure Cook the Pork

  • Add the trivet in with the water, then add the pork chunks on top of the trivet. Seal the lid, make sure it is on "sealing", and set the cook time for 15 minutes at high pressure.  Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release, then release the rest of the pressure.

Pull the Pork

  • Pull all of the meat out of the Instant Pot into a serving bowl and it will be fall apart tender.  I squeezed each chunk with tongs instead of pulling with 2 forks.  Taste for seasoning.


  • Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce in pulled pork sandwiches or as a pulled pork salad!