Pulled Pork
Make this irresistible Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe. Quick & easy way to make tender, juicy BBQ pulled pork packed with sweet & smoky flavors
Servings Prep Time
4-6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4-6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 4pounds pork shoulderpicnic, cut into 4 – 8 pieces
  • 1tablespoons olive oil
Dry Rub
  • 2tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2teaspoons chili powder
  • 2teaspoons black pepper
  • 1teaspoon onion powder
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper
BBQ sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 3cloves garlic
  • 1cup ketchup
  • 1/2cup Water
  • 1/8cup maple syrup
  • 1/8cup honey
  • 2tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1tablespoon brown sugar
  1. Mix all the dry rub ingredients and rub it all over the pork shoulder picnic pieces. Then, put the pork shoulder in the fridge for 30 minutes to overnight.
  2. Heat up your Instant Pot by pressing the Sauté button. Wait until the indicator says HOT.
  3. Optional Step – Brown the Pork Shoulder: Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add the pork shoulder pieces into the pot. Brown the pork shoulder on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  4. Pour in half of the Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce and deglaze the bottom of the pot. Then, add in the remaining BBQ sauce mixture.
  5. Place all the pork shoulder pieces into the pot. If you left the skin on, make sure the skin side is facing up. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 60 minutes. Turn off the heat and fully Natural Release (roughly 15 minutes).
  6. Open the lid carefully. Take one piece of pork shoulder out and see if you can shred through the meat easily with two forks. If it is not fork-tender, cook for an additional 10 to 20 minutes at High Pressure, fully Natural Release.
  7. Use Pulled Pork Shredder Claws or two regular forks to shred the pork shoulder meat. Use a fat separator to separate the fat from the BBQ sauce.
  8. Reduce the BBQ sauce to your desired thickness. Taste the BBQ sauce and add in additional brown sugar or kosher salt if desired. Place the pulled pork back into the BBQ sauce. Mix well.
Recipe Notes

Pressure Cooking Times
The pressure cooking times depending on the size of your pork shoulder pieces from a 4 pounds pork shoulder picnic:

  1. If it’s cut into 8 pieces: roughly 55 – 60 minutes pressure cooking time.
  2. If it’s cut into 4 pieces: roughly 60 – 70 minutes pressure cooking time.
  3. If it’s cut into 2 pieces: roughly 75 – 80 minutes pressure cooking time.