Moist and flavourful pulled pork in an hour and a half?
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Dear Instant Pot,
You’ll never know how much you mean to me.
Love always and forever,
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 moist. 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 Quesidillas? Or simply load up some butter lettuce wraps with this juicy meat and some coleslaw for a healthier spin?
The biggest problem I face when it comes to pulled pork is how long it takes to cook. Yes, slow cookers are amazing to set and forget it, but what happens when you want pulled pork sandwiches for lunch and it’s already 10:00am?
You use an Instant Pot!
I swear the Instant Pot is the best kitchen tool ever invented in the whole history of the world.
One pot for sauteing, pressure cooking, slow cooking among others? Genius. The best part is I can use one single pot and have a moutherwatering Insant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork in my hands, sauce dripping through my fingers, in an hour and a half.
Do you love pulled pork? I hope you love this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork as much as I do!
What ingredients do you need to make Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork?
You’ll need to start with a nice big hunk of fatty pork butt, also known as a shoulder or blade roast.
The spices used in this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork are chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, cumin, sea salt, black pepper and basil.
Bring along your favourite bbq sauce, a small onion, few cloves of garlic and some beef broth.
How do you cook pulled pork in an instant pot?
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 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, 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.
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.
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!
What sides goes with pulled pork sandwiches?
Making Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches to feed a crowd? Here are a few sides that can be paired with them:
How to make this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork LOW CARB!
This Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork can easily be transformed into a delicious low carb meal. Here are the substitutions:
Replace the 1tbsp brown sugar for sukrin gold which is a low carb brown sugar replacement!
Low Carb BBQ Sauce
Try this Low Carb BBQ Sauce recipe for an addicting sauce to amplify this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork dish.
90 Second Keto Bread
I am obsessed with this 90 Second Keto Bread for burgers and sandwiches. It’s absolutely perfect for Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork.
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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
- 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 see post above for a low carb bbq sauce recipe
- 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 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!
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.