Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Pulled meat is really versatile, as you’ll quickly see with this Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe. When we cooked pulled pork at our house, we make enough to use in meals all week long.

pulled pork in a glass dish in front of an instant pot pressure cooker

This recipe is really simple. Using the Instant Pot to cook pulled pork is a great idea because it removes a lot of the labor and makes cleanup a breeze. With this recipe, you’ll just sear the pork before letting the Instant Pot cook away for an hour.

Pulled pork can be used to make sandwiches, tacos, and quesadillas. It can also be served over mashed potatoes, with rice, or on a stir fry. Because it’s so versatile, we usually keep the spices to a minimum when we cook it. That way, we can add some seasoning before each meal to customize the pork for our meal.

What is Instant Pot Pulled Pork?

Instant Pot pulled pork is a pork protein recipe that involves pressure cooking a pork butt roast in the Instant Pot appliance. Once cooked, the pork can be pulled or ‘shredded’ into small pieces and incorporated into other recipes, or enjoyed on its own.

pulled pork made in a pressure cooker

How Do I Store Pulled Pork?

Regardless of how pulled pork is cooked, it can be stored in the refrigerator well covered or in a Ziploc bag for 3 days. Make sure your pulled pork is cooked down before you store it. If you made a lot of pulled pork, you can portion it into separate bags to freeze some.

Can I Freeze Pulled Pork?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze pulled pork. Pulled pork is an excellent protein to cook ahead and portion out. You can freeze individual bags and use the portions in recipes anytime. Place your cooled pulled pork in freezer-safe Ziploc bags and freeze for up to 6 months.

Get as much air out as possible. If you have one, use a vacuum sealer. You can even freeze pulled pork if it’s in BBQ sauce.

a bowl of pulled pork in a white bowl with scallions

Can I Make This Pulled Pork Recipe in the Slow Cooker

Yes! You can make this pulled pork recipe in the slow cooker instead of the Instant Pot if you want. You shouldn’t need to add any water. Instead, just season the pork butt with your salt and pepper and set in the bottom of your Crockpot.

Cook on low about 8 hours or until your pork reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F. After it’s cooked, shred with forks.

What Can I Make With Pulled Pork

Wondering what to do with leftover pulled pork? Pulled pork is easy to incorporate into plenty of meals. Some of our favorites:

pulled pork on a kaiser roll
  • Serve it over mashed potatoes or egg noodles with pork gravy
  • Make pork tacos
  • Make quesadillas
  • Whip up some BBQ pulled pork sandwiches
  • Use it in your chili instead of turkey or beef
  • Add it to your mac and cheese
  • Use it in your shepherd’s pie instead of ground beef
  • Use it as a yummy pizza topping

Pulled pork is so delicious and very versatile. Try it in almost any dish you want!

Tips for Making Recipe Name

  • You can add sauce to the pork after it’s cooked. Just pour it over the shredded pork. You can heat it up a little first if you’d like.
  • There are plenty of seasonings that will go great with pulled pork. Cumin, paprika, garlic, onion powder, cayenne, and many other will taste wonderful or can be blended together to make a rub. 
  • When you buy your pork butt, look for one with some fat, but not too much. You’ll want a bit of fat to help keep the meat juicy.


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close up view of instant pot pulled pork


  • To shred your pork, place your forks facing outwards and pull them away from one another. You can also use a sharp knife to help pull the meat apart.
  • You can easily use an eclectic blender to shred your meat. If your meat is tender (as it should be), just pour the juices from the Instant Pot into a large mixing bowl and set your meat inside. Press your electric blender into the meat and turn it on low. Begin moving the mixer quickly through the meat, increasing the speed as needed.

More Yummy Dinner Recipes You’ll Enjoy

If you like this incredibly easy Instant Pot pulled pork recipe, you’ll love some of our other quick dinner options – and as a BONUS, they all clean up easily too!

Instant Pot Lo Mein
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Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Crockpot Sweet Chile Chicken

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

This yummy pulled pork recipe is seasoned simply so you can use it in any recipe you wish. Ready in just over an hour with almost no cleanup, you can toss your pork in the Instant Pot, return 60 minutes later, and have tender pulled pork to use in meals for days.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 4 lb half pork butt roast (boneless)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ cup water


  1. Remove the pork butt from the netting, if necessary.
  2. Coat pork butt with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot to saute mode and add the oil. Once hot, add the pork butt and sear on every side.
  4. Hit cancel, and add the water. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the knob is set to sealed.
  5. Hit “manual” and set the time to 60 minutes (make sure it’s on high pressure). After the pork has cooked for 60 minutes at high pressure, perform a natural pressure release.
  6. Remove most of the liquid from the Instant Pot and discard. Shred the pork with 2 forks or an electric hand mixer.
  7. Eat as-is or top with BBQ sauce.


This recipe is made with limited seasonings so that you can use the pulled pork for multiple recipes.

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