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Instant pot pulled pork sandwich with bbq sauce and coleslaw

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork is the full proof way to achieve tender, flavorful pulled pork in about one hour!

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  • 4 lbs. pork shoulder roast cut into 4 large pieces and trimmed of excess fat*
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Barbecue sauce or your favorite sauce for serving


  • Place the smoked paprika, brown sugar, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir to combine, then season the pork with the spice rub on all sides.
  • Press the Sauté button on the Instant Pot. Add the olive oil, then once heated add the pork. Brown on each side for 1-2 minutes, working if batches if necessary. Remove the pork.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar and water to the Instant Pot and deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the pork back to the pot and secure the lid. Set to High Pressure for 1 hour (note -- it will take 15 minutes or so for the Instant Pot to come to pressure). When the pork has cooked for 1 hour, quick release the pressure and remove the lid when safe to do so.
  • Remove the pork using a slotted spoon and place on a cutting board. Shred with a fork and place in a bowl, removing any excess fat. Toss with the desired amount of heated barbecue sauce or your favorite sauce and enjoy!


  • I've used up to 5 1/2 lbs. of pork shoulder in this recipe. Bear in mind that if you use more than 4 lbs. of pork shoulder, you'll need to brown the pork in batches in the Instant Pot which will make the cooking time longer.
  • You can always skip the browning step, but I recommend it as it adds a nice crust on the pork as well as more flavor.
  • The vinegar and water may be replaced with the liquid your choice. Beer, apple cider or soda are all great options.
  • Omit the brown sugar to make this Keto instant pot pulled pork.
  • This is a great meal prep recipe! The pork will keep up to 4 days in an air tight container in the fridge.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 380kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 45g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 152mg, Sodium: 757mg, Potassium: 811mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 445IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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