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Moist and flavourful pulled pork in an hour and a half? Count me in!

Juicy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork, loaded onto a brioche bun with coleslaw.

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Dear Instant Pot,

You’ll never know how much you mean to me.

Love always and forever,

Aleta ❤️

Does anyone else feel this exact same way about their instant pot or is it just me? 🤔

I am a major carnivore and one of my favourite meats to work with is pork butt. Also known as pork blade or shoulder, it is known for its beautifully marbled texture and the many different recipes it can create.

Have you ever tried your hand at Sausage Making? Pork butt is the star here; the more fat, the better. The fatty meat is what makes dishes so dang mouthwatering and juicy. My other favourite use for pork butt is Instant Pot Carnitas. Loaded with aromatic spices and little kicks of heat, this meat is dripping with delicious flavour.

Then, of course we have pulled pork, which happens to be my very favourite way to consume pork. Besides a loaded sandwich, pulled pork is amazing in a few other dishes! Have you tried Pulled Pork Nachos? Pulled Pork Chili or Pulled Pork Quesadillas? Or simply load up some butter lettuce wraps with this juicy meat and some coleslaw for a healthier spin?

So good. I hope you love this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork as much as I do!

Why it works

  1. No need to wait all day or all night for some juicy pulled pork – this recipe is made in an Instant Pot! Use one single pot and have a moutherwatering Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork in your hands, sauce dripping through your fingers, in an hour and a half.
  2. Easily made Low Carb. Switch out the brown sugar for sukrin gold and use a homemade low carb bbq sauce; you’ve got yourself an epic keto friendly pulled pork for sandwiches, chili and more.
  3. Made with pork shoulder and packed with herbs and spices, this flavour packed Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork is a dish you’ve just gotta share with friends and family! Make it for your next gathering, potluck or barbecue!
Butter lettuce leaves filled with instant pot bbq pulled pork and coleslaw.

Ingredients

  • pork butt/shoulder/blade roast
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • brown sugar – low carb? Swap this for sukrin gold sweetener
  • cumin
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • dried basil
  • bbq sauce
  • onion
  • garlic
  • beef broth

BBQ Sauce – use your favourite here or, if you would like to make this low carb, try this easy and delicious homemade Low Carb BBQ Sauce.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe

In a small bowl combine the chili powder, paprika, brown sugar (or sukrin gold), cumin, sea salt, ground black pepper, dried basil and minced garlic. Cut the pork roast into 8 pieces and massage the spices into the meat.

Turn the instant pot on to saute, add a tbsp of oil and once hot, add half of the meat and sear on all sides. Remove the meat and repeat with the second half.

Deglaze the instant pot by pouring in 1/2 cup beef broth and removing all the little browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Return the meat to the pot along with the onion, remaining beef broth and 1 cup of the bbq sauce. Do not stir!

Secure the instant pot lid, turn the steam release valve to sealed and turn onto the pressure cook setting for 60 minutes. After the cooking time is complete, use the necessary precautions to quick release.

Once all of the steam has been released, and the pin has dropped, open the lid and remove the meat to a large bowl. Using two forks, shred the meat, mix in the remaining 1/2 c barbecue sauce, then stir in just enough of the juice to make it nice and moist. Enjoy! 😘

Expert Tips

  1. You do not need to fully cook the chunks of spiced pork during the first stage. This is simply to give the pork a fast sear, deepening the flavour profile of the pulled pork.
  2. Make sure you scrub the bottom of the pot well during the deglazing step. If this skip is stepped, you could get the dreaded BURN error, causing you to remove the ingredients, clean the pot and start all over again.
  3. I know it’s tempting, but do not stir the barbecue sauce into the pot before it has gone through the pressure cooking setting. The sauce is thick, so we do not want it getting burned at the bottom of the pot, giving us the dreaded BURN error.
  4. Be sure the steam release valve has been set to the sealed position before the Instant Pot is set to pressure cook. If it is accidentally left open, the pot will not come to full pressure, meaning your pork will not be cooked!
  5. When releasing the steam release valve, be very careful. The steam that comes out is very high pressured, and could have some drops of hot liquid. Get out of it’s path as quickly as you can!
Big ol' dish of pulled pork next to a dish of coleslaw and butter lettuce leaves.

What can you make with Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork?

There are so many dishes you can make with Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork. Here is a list of my favourites:

  • Pulled Pork Nachos – Load up your favourite nacho chips with shredded mozzarella, green onion, peppers and pulled pork!
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza – Ever had a pulled pork pizza? Try this Naan Bread Pizza with pulled pork instead of leftover ribs for a delicious and easy weeknight meal!
  • Pulled Pork Quesadilla – Try a quesadilla with pulled pork in place of chicken.
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich – Of course this is one of the best ways to use this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork. Grab a few brioche buns, spread some mayo or extra bbq sauce over them and load ’em up with pulled pork and, if you like, cabbage or broccoli coleslaw.
  • Low Carb Chili – Fully Loaded Deliciousness! This chili is ridiculous. It’s jam packed with flavour and texture. I guarantee you won’t miss the carbs in this beauty!
Instant Pot Low Carb Chili made three types of meat, including the mouthwatering Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork!
Instant Pot Low Carb Chili – Fully Loaded Deliciousness

Can you cook frozen pork roast in instant pot?

Yes you can! Cool right? It’s easy to forget to pull meat from the freezer for dinner until it’s too late, but rest assured, you can absolutely cook meat in the instant pot from frozen.

You’ll want to add 5 minutes of cooking time to this recipe and be aware that it will take longer for the instant pot to come to full pressure before the cooking time will start.

pulled pork loaded onto a 90 second keto bread with colelsaw.
90 Second Keto Bread fully loaded with Pulled Pork and Coleslaw

Here are some other Low Carb Instant Pot recipes you might like:

Korean Beef – Throw this Low Carb Korean Beef together in minutes and toss into the Instant Pot for a super fast and easy weeknight meal!

Chicken Broth – Have you tried homemade chicken broth in the instant pot yet? You’ll love this flavourful Instant Pot Chicken Broth recipe for all your soup recipes!

Carnitas – These Instant Pot Carnitas are dripping with flavour and ready in a fraction of the time. Load up corn tortillas or enjoy them low carb with lettuce wraps!

Ribs – Ready in under an hour, these mouthwatering Instant Pot Low Carb Ribs are perfectly spiced with fall-off-the-bone perfection.

Chicken Taco Soup – Get all the flavour of a slow cooked soup and none of the waiting in this deliciously easy Instant Pot Low Carb Chicken Taco Soup.

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Defy the laws of time with this mouthwatering Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork, ready in an hour and a half from start to brioche bun.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Defy the laws of time with this mouthwatering Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork, ready in an hour and a half from start to brioche bun.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable or avocado oil
  • 3 lbs pork shoulder/blade
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 ½ tbsp brown sugar or sukrin gold for low carb
  • 1 ½ tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 ½ cups hickory smoke bbq sauce – divided see post above for a low carb bbq sauce recipe

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

  • In a small bowl combine the chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, cumin, sea salt, ground black pepper, dried basil, minced garlic and set aside. Cut the pork roast into 8 pieces and massage the spices into the meat.
  • Turn the instant pot on to saute, add a tbsp of oil and once hot, add half of the meat and sear on all sides. Remove the meat and repeat with the second half.
  • Deglaze the instant pot by pouring in 1/2 cup beef broth and removing all the little browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Return the meat to the pot along with the onion, remaining beef broth and 1 cup bbq sauce. Do not stir!
  • Secure the instant pot lid, turn the steam release valve to the sealed position, and turn onto the pressure cook setting for 60 minutes. After the cooking time is complete, use the necessary precautions to quick release.
  • Once all of the steam has been released, open the lid and remove the meat to a large bowl. Using two forks, shred the meat, mix in the remaining 1/2 c barbecue sauce then stir in just enough of the juice to make it nice and moist. Serve on brioche buns with coleslaw or try one of the other ideas in the post above!

Notes

This Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork can easily be made low carb. Swap out the brown sugar for sukrin gold and use a Low Carb BBQ Sauce.
Try it out with a 90 Second Keto Bread or Low Carb Onion Bun.

Expert Tips

  1. You do not need to fully cook the chunks of spiced pork during the first stage. This is simply to give the pork a fast sear, deepening the flavour profile of the pulled pork.
  2. Make sure you scrub the bottom of the pot well during the deglazing step. If this skip is stepped, you could get the dreaded BURN error, causing you to remove the ingredients, clean the pot and start all over again.
  3. I know it’s tempting, but do not stir the barbecue sauce into the pot before it has gone through the pressure cooking setting. The sauce is thick, so we do not want it getting burned at the bottom of the pot, giving us the dreaded BURN error.
  4. Be sure the steam release valve has been set to the sealed position before the Instant Pot is set to pressure cook. If it is accidentally left open, the pot will not come to full pressure, meaning your pork will not be cooked!
  5. When releasing the steam release valve, be very careful. The steam that comes out is very high pressured, and could have some drops of hot liquid. Get out of it’s path as quickly as you can!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts are for if all the low carb options are used.
Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
 * Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people.
Deduct the fibre (2 g net carbs per serving) and sugar alcohols (12 g net carb per serving) to get 2.7 g net carbs per 1/2 lb serving.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5lb | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.7g | Protein: 32.5g | Fat: 29.1g | Sodium: 1294mg | Fiber: 2g

8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So I decided to come and check this recipe in the morning, as I sit by the computer before I start my shift at work. It’s 7 am and you made me salivate over pulled pork 😀 I’m gonna daydream of a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw the whole day 😀 I guess I know what I’ll have for dinner!

    • Eva you are too kind! I would definitely enjoy this pulled pork for breakfast.. maybe scrambled into some eggs.. yum! I hope you enjoy eating is as much as looking at it!! 😀

  2. 5 stars
    This sandwich has me dreaming of summer nights! Love how easy it is with the instant pot!

  3. This is the best pulled pork recipe!!! I have tried a couple of different recipes but this one is hands down THE BEST!!! I have made this at least 4 times and my family devour’s it. Please keep the amazing recipes coming!

    • Hey Alissa! I am sooo glad to hear your family likes this pulled pork so much! We also eat it.. probably way too often… hahah! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  4. 5 stars
    I have tried a bunch of pulled pork recipes. I’ve ordered pulled pork from every restaurant that serves it that I go to. This is pulled pork blows all of those right out of the water. The flavour is beyond incredible with the perfect amount of moisture, not too saucy and not at all dry. I can’t wait to eat this again!!

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