This Instant Pot pulled pork is one of my family’s favourite meals! Tender, shredded pork that is full of flavour is piled on a soft roll with homemade coleslaw. It’s so good!
We are completely and totally obsessed with this Instant Pot pulled pork.
I’ve made it at least 3 times in the last month, currently have another pork shoulder prepped in the freezer to make it again, and we are not even a little bit sick of it. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I heard cheering from the kids last week when it made yet another appearance at the dinner table.
We’re fighting over the leftovers here.
That’s how good this Instant pot pulled pork is.
And the best part? It is so simple to make that there’s really no reason why you can’t be having pulled pork for dinner in the very near future. With the leftovers for lunch the next day.
I first had a version of this pulled pork when visiting family about a year ago, and my cousin’s husband made it for dinner. It was hands down the best pulled pork I’d ever had so of course I immediately started harassing him for the recipe.
This Instant Pot pulled pork recipe is very similar to his. I used the spice rub he gave me, and adapted the rest of the instructions to work for me. Mostly that’s because I don’t have a smoker which is how he cooked it, and I just wanted it to be a quicker process.
Now I haven’t had this at the same time as his, and chances are smoking the meat and then slow cooking it for 12 hours is better then tossing it into the Instant Pot for just one hour, but…..this way is faster.
And it’s still some of the best pulled pork I’ve ever had!
Can you freeze pulled pork?
Yes you can freeze pulled pork. I do this all the time.
Making a larger batch is no harder then a smaller one, so if your Instant Pot is big enough you can double the recipe and freeze half for a future meal. Or if you are only cooking for 1-2 people instead of 4-6, make the full recipe anyways and freeze half.
To freeze pulled pork, prepare the recipe as directed, let the meat cool completely, and then transfer it to a large freezer bag or an airtight container to freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on low in the slow cooker for 1-2 hours, or on low heat in the microwave.
What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?
A pork shoulder (also called pork butt) is the best cut of meat to use for making pulled pork. I wouldn’t recommend using a leaner cut of meat such as a pork loin roast, as the pulled pork won’t be as tender, and will likely be a bit dry when cooked this way.
What is the best bottled BBQ sauce for pulled pork?
Use your favourite bottled BBQ sauce here! We like PC’s Gourmet BBQ sauce, but whatever sauce is your favourite, use that. I’ve also tried this homemade BBQ sauce recipe and it’s fantastic if you feel like making your own.
How to make Instant Pot Pulled Pork:
- You can make this Instant Pot pulled pork with fresh or frozen meat. I like to buy the pack of two pork shoulder roasts at Costco, prepare both of them with the rub, and freeze one for later. It can then either be thawed and used, or cooked right from frozen in the Instant Pot.
- I use an 8 Quart Duo Instant Pot for this recipe. The same size pork shoulder should fit in a 6 quart Instant Pot just fine as mine wasn’t close to full. Just make sure that whatever size you’re using your Instant Pot is not filled past the 2/3 fill line for pressure cooking.
- We like this pulled pork served on dinner rolls with this homemade coleslaw.
- The leftovers can be frozen for another night, or kept in the fridge for 4-5 days. They reheat very well on low in the microwave. My kids also like it as a cold sandwich for their lunch the next day.
- If you prefer, this can also be made in the slow cooker – Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.
Here are some more great pork recipes for you:
- 9 Pork Chop Marinades
- Instant Pot Greek Pork Wraps
- Slow Cooker Make Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
- Baked Pork Chops with a Cinnamon Glaze
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa