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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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