The ultimate Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe that will make your taste buds dance!

Need dinner quick? With only 5 minutes of prep time and a pressure cooker, this easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe makes the best barbecue sandwiches and tacos.

Pulled Pork sandwich on a bun
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork makes dinner a breeze! When you don’t have time to make dinner, this pressure cooker recipe will come to your rescue!

I’m not kidding when I say this is about the easiest pressure cooker meal I’ve ever made! You can tell from my all of my Instant Pot recipes that I’m a little obsessed with mine.

I’ve made slow cooker pork, but this pulled pork is so much faster and perfect for when you need a fix it and forget meal much quicker!

All you need is about five minutes of prep time, then after your pork soaks up the spices, it’s ready to go into the Instant Pot!

There is no other work besides shredding your pork for sandwiches. Easy peasy, melt in your mouth pork!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork barbecue sandwich on a bun with sauce dripping

What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?

Wondering what cut of meat is best for cooking pulled pork? For this recipe I use a pork shoulder which is the most flavorful cut of pork roast. The pork shoulder is cut into two parts, the Boston Butt, and the Picnic Roast.

How long does It take to cook pulled pork in the Instant Pot?

It only takes 90 minutes to cook amazing pulled pork in the Instant Pot!

You’ll have to add at least 30 minutes of time to prepare the pork and for the pressure cooker to pre-heat. Best of all, it’s super easy!

I hope you enjoy this delicious pulled pork recipe! It’s now one of my son’s favorite meals, and that’s saying something because he is literally THE MOST PICKY kid in the world. Pair it with this amazing potato salad recipe and you have a winning meal!

Instant Pot with Pork BBQ sandwich on a plate

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Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this tasty pork dish in your Instant Pot! I definitely love making this in my home.

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

With only 5 minutes of prep time and a pressure cooker, this easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe makes the best BBQ sandwiches and tacos!
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Yield: 6
Author: Amy Locurto



  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pork shoulder or pork butt 3- 4 pounds boneless
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup water or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce optional


  • Mix the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, ground mustard, and salt together in a bowl.
  • Cut pork in half, then rub the spice blend all over each piece of pork. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or overnight.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on Sauté and once it says “hot”, add the oil.
  • Sauté pork 3-4 minutes on each side until it is brown. Turn off Instant Pot.
  • Add Coke, water and Worcestershire sauce then close the lid. Make sure the seal is closed.
  • Cook on “Manual” or “Meat/Stew” button for 90 minutes.
  • When done, let the pressure naturally release (about 10 minutes).
  • Turn pressure valve to release any more pressure and open the lid.
  • Place the pork onto a plate to shred with two forks.
  • If you like BBQ sauce on your pork, remove the excess liquid in pot and place the pulled pork back into the Instant Pot. Stir in about 1-2 cups of BBQ sauce, close the lid and place on warm until ready to serve.


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Recipe Video

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, bbq, instant pot, keto, low carb, pork, pulled pork
Calories: 53kcal


Serving: 1g | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2.5g | Fat: 1.16g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 7.5mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6.3g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Originally Published on September 11, 2017, updated 2023

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  1. This is SOOO good! Everybody I cook it for loves it. Even my picky picky kids love it.

  2. First time I ever made pulled pork, and I am a senior! Instructions were easy to follow. Turned out fantastic!

  3. The nutrition information doesn’t seem right. The serving size 1 gram and only 6 servings per recipe?? Doesn’t seem to add up.

  4. This sounds delicious. I will be trying it. I found a quicker method to shredding meats. Put it in your stand mixer while warn and use the paddle attachment. Turn mixer on medium and in a couple of minutes perfectly shredded meat.

  5. By far the best pulled pork recipe I have ever tried!! My hubby & I were in the city the other day & we happened to drive past a place that is known for there pulled pork. He looks at me & says “your pulled pork is the best & way better than any restaurant can make!!!” That had me totally stunned lol!!! I’ve used this recipe the most!

  6. This is the best recipe for shredded pork! My family raves when I make it! It can be made into many different recipes – bbq pork sandwiches, pork burrito bowls, etc.

  7. I was never a big fan of pulled pork, until I tried this recipe! Now I’ve made it several times and it’s always a huge hit!

  8. Nice and quick. Better result than if I’d used my old slow cooker, and much, MUCH faster. I had a little trouble with the initial sear, just a little hard to tell where and how well it had seared, but I imagine I’ll get better with that over time. Now I can make pulled pork during the week, the meat isn’t dry and it has the added flavor from making it in a pressure cooker. It also shredded easier than a roast done in my old slow cooker. Overall, very happy.

  9. I’ve made this a couple times now. I love it. You should add this to Just a Pinch. They need some pressure cooker recipes on there. To answer a few of the questions about adjusting the time. I’ve found that adjusting the time a little does help a lot. Rule of thumb better to cook to little that too long. You can always turn it back on for a few minutes longer. But (and trust me on this) if you cook it to long it will be dry and to stringy.

  10. Making this for the 2nd time right now. We are a Dr Pepper family and so we used that instead of coke. So easy, so good!

  11. How much do I adjust cooking time if i use just one pound of meat? I have the “mini” duo IP and am just learning how to use it. Assume half the meat, half the other ingredients, and half the cooking time?!

  12. I found this to be very bland. There was no flavor at all even though I followed the directions.

  13. I’m new to the Keto scene, but have been doing research. Everything I’ve read, so far, contradicts some of the ingredients in your recipe. Specifically, the brown sugar, Coca Cola and barbecue sauce. This is all very confusing to me.

  14. Lets say we have a 10 lb pork butt. Can we make this in one go or do we need to split it in half and cook two different times? If we can do it all at once, is it fine to be cut in two, five pound pieces and cooked together? Does the cook time change? What’s the best way to cook this 10 pound butt???

  15. As i’m typing now another round of BBQ pull pork is cooking! Followed the recipe with no problems. My husband & son have said it’s the best pulled pork they have ever eaten! Thank you for sharing this great recipe

  16. Wow! This was my first attempt at making BBQ, and my whole family loved it. I had smaller pieces of pork (I trimmed off some fat), so I only cooked it for 60 minutes and it was perfect. Very tender and easy to shred. We paired our sandwiches with mashed potatoes and peas- what a great dinner!

  17. I’ve only used stovetop pressure cookers, and for a stovetop pc 90 mins is way too long. But I can’t speak for electric pc’s. If you are worried, try a shorter time, reduce pressure according to the recipe, and if it’s not as tender as you want put the lid back on and pc it longer. No harm to the meat doing that…

  18. You will only need the amount of liquid called for in your pressure cooker’s manual. That liquid is to generate steam to bring the inside to correct pressure, while the liquid called for in your dutch oven recipe is to not only keep the meat moist in the dry heat of the oven, but allow for evaporation in the oven. You will lose some liquid to steam while pressure cooking, but the meat will release plenty as it cooks, so don’t be surprised by finding more liquid in the pot when you open the lid! I love pc’ing tough meats…

  19. As I making this recipe, I’m trying to figure out when the water/chicken broth is added? I assume when the worsteshire sauce and coke are added??? Did I miss seeing it in the directions?

  20. Learning to cook helping elderly parent. Need more hrs in the day to get stuff done. Will try this recipe with my pressure cooker. Hope it doesnt turn out Dry! Also looking how to use Pressure Cooker for other protein and different flavors (Pork, chicken, inexpensive beef w/ some good marinades, etc, etc). I’ll be returning to your site for more help with other ideas. I need it.

  21. If I have a recipe for a Dutch oven in a conventional oven using 4 cups of liquid for a 4 pound shoulder and I want to use my recipe in the instant pot would I use same amount of liquid? Yours only has 1/2 the liquid? Looking to shorten the 3 to 4 hours in the oven

  22. JUst bought an instant pot…came across your recipe. Confused about a few things with this pot. I thought it was supposed to be fast. My recipe booklet that came with it says 14 minutes, your recipe is 90. This has probably one of the most confusing aspect of this pot…so much variation in times. Not sure what to follow. Any help! 90 minutes sounds way too long!

  23. This is a great recipie and everything turned out great! However, I am wondering if it is necessary to sauté the pork? When I first made it, I only sautéed the pork for about half of the time because it started getting very smoky. And the pulled pork still turned out delicious and tender! I have 3 batches I will be making and I am trying to save some time also. Thank you!

  24. This is a favorite at our house, only instead of cola, I use root beer. It’s fantastic! I’m so glad I found this recipe!

  25. This was the first recipe I tried in my Instant Pot and it was amazing! We substituted Root Beer for the Coke and it was delicious. Thank you 🙂

  26. I love Pulled Pork and normally cooked it in the oven on Slowcook (I have an amazing oven with slow cook feature, among others.
    Now we have fallen inlove with our IP! My husband and I try to see who gets to use it next, and we help each other.
    I like your recipient but I cannot use pop. Any substitute that you could recommend? We really want to make this.

  27. What would happen if you left out the cola? I’m looking for a healthier option

  28. absolutely perfect. I left out the brown sugar, but followed everything else closely. It was delicious!!

  29. OMGosh! This was soooo good! Fixed it this past Saturday for a church meet & greet, received a LOT of compliments. Of course, I’d printed the recipe and made some hand-outs because I knew they’d be asking!

  30. I’ve made this before and absolutely love it! When I made it before, my butt was 3 to 4 lbs; however the one I have now is not quite 2 lbs. Should I adjust the cooking time or still cook at the full 90 minutes? Thanks!

  31. omg, I just made this and it is the greatest pulled pork I’ve ever made! Granted, it’s the only attempt at pulled pork I’ve made, but it is clear this recipe is a complete winner. Thank you for posting this one up!

  32. Used 8 qt. 6 lbs boneless shoulder .Trimmed off most of the fat about a lb .dry rub per instructions. Cup of cherry pepsi . 1/2 tsp liquid smoke and 1 1/2 cups water. 90 min. Came out falling apart. Nice and lean , tender and tasty. A++

  33. Hi Amy, I’m trying this out in a few minutes….BUT I have to ask what kind of sauce/gravy you are using in the picture and maybe the recipe for that. It looks very good and I would like to try something different than bbq sauce. Thanks, Peggy (newby)

  34. Instant Pot Pulled Pork, Who says you can’t have pulled pork for dinner in the winter. Excellent flavor and tender, juicy and feels like a BBQ straight out of the pot. I did use 1 T Smoked Paprika this recipe is a wow.

  35. I would be worried adding double the amount of meat would not cook it properly. You would need to double the liquid. I would cook for the same amount of time, but let the pressure slow release for another 10 minutes before opening the lid. If you try it and it comes out good, please come back and let me know. Thanks!

  36. So good! Had to come back and let you know. This is now one of my new favorite recipes for my Instant Pot.

  37. This recipe was perfect for the Instant Pot! If I could make this everyday, I would. My whole family loves this and it’s so easy. thanks for the great idea!

  38. This pulled pork was so good, it came out like it was cooking the whole day. My husband and 3 kids all loved it, including my very picky toddler!

  39. Can I use chicken breasts in place of the pork? I wrote your recipe down to make and forgot to get the pork shoulder, but I have 2lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts on hand. Thanks in advance!

  40. Hi Do you cook the BBQ Pork sandwiches with the pressure level on low or high? Thank you! I’m new to the instant pot & love your recipes!

  41. This pulled pork recipe is the best!! thank you so much for sharing. I am new to the insta pot community and this recipe is a keeper. It makes enough for dinner and for my hubby’s lunch the next day. can’t wait to try more of your recipes 🙂

  42. I removed the pork from the Instant Pot to shred and add BBQ sauce. If you put it back into the pot to keep warm, go ahead and remove most of the excess liquid before adding sauce. A little liquid in the pot is fine.

  43. An Instant Pot is a pressure cooker. It cooks the food fast. For example, this Pulled Pork Recipe could take longer than 8 hours in a slow cooker vs an 1.5 hours in a pressure cooker.

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