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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is an awesome entree idea for many occasions! It’s great for dinner, it’s great for crowds because it’s fairly inexpensive and it’s great for tailgates and parties too! What makes pulled pork even better? Instant Pot Pulled Pork! Cook a 3 lb pork shoulder to perfection in 50 minutes! No more waiting for hours on end to get that slow cooked tenderness! Your Instant Pot can do that for you!

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Easy and Delicious Pulled Pork Recipe Perfect for the Instant Pot
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As I mentioned in my Instant Pot Basics Post, it’s not about the quantity it’s about the size when cooking with an Instant Pot.  I cut my 3 lb pork shoulder in thirds creating three 1 lb chunks and this is how we can cook it to perfection in 50 minutes!

How Long do you cook Pulled Pork in an Instant Pot

Tips for Instant Pot Pulled Pork:

  • I utilize the saute feature and I sear all the sides of the three chunks which not only locks in the juices into the meat but creates an added layer of flavor to your instant pot pulled pork.
  • After I sear all the sides of the pork, remove it to a plate and set aside.  You will be left with this: Why you need to deglaze your Instant Pot Pan after using the Saute Function
  • That above is deliciousness.  That is amazing seared flavor right there and you want every bit of it!  To get that awesomeness into your pork we are going to de-glaze the bottom of the Instant Pot.  To do this, we will add 1/4 cup of water (or Root Beer as this recipe calls for) to the pot while it’s still on the Saute feature and scrape the bottom of the pan with a flat wooden spoon.  (found here)
  • The liquid I use for my instant pot pulled pork is root beer!  It’s delicious!  DO NOT USE DIET!  It’s awful!  I made that mistake once!  Learn from me!  So to answer your next question, YES you can use carbonated beverages in your Instant Pot!

It is also important NOT to quick release meat!  I did 10 minutes of Natural Pressure Release (NPR) with this recipe and it yielded juicy, fork tender pork! Easily shred instant pot pulled pork with forks!

This root beer pulled pork recipe goes great with:

My friend Rebecca has this amazing Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe too!  I think you will love it!

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Delicious fork tender pulled pork great for sandwiches, tacos and casseroles made right in your instant pot in under an hour!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American Classics
Servings: 8 servings


  • 3 lbs Pork Shoulder
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 12 ounces Root Beer not diet


  • Chop your 3 lb pork shoulder into 3 equally sized pieces. You can leave the string casing on the pork. Pat dry with paper towel (this will get you a better sear)
  • Combine all seasonings and spices in a small bowl and rub all sides of pork with the mixture.
  • Turn on the Saute Function of your Instant Pot and once the LED reads "HOT" add 2 tablespoons of oil and sear all three pieces of pork on all sides until brown. Remove and set aside.
  • While Instant Pot is still on Saute function, add 1/4 cup water or 1/4 cup root beer to the pot and deglaze the pan by using a flat wooden spoon to scrape all the seared flavor bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Place the steam rack (comes with IP) into the pot and return your pulled pork to the pot. Add in your root beer.
  • Secure the lid of the Instant Pot, set your vent to "sealing" and using Manual Function set timer to 50 minutes
  • After timer is complete, allow the pork to Natural Pressure Release for 10-15 minutes. After that, CAREFULLY turn the vent to "vent" to release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove pork at let sit 5 minutes before shredding with 2 forks. Enjoy on tacos, sandwiches or in casseroles or soups.


Do NOT use DIET Root Beer!

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    1. Sandi it will be your new favorite way to prepare it! So good and so much faster than the slow cooker! Normally we could only have pulled pork when I was on my game and remembered to start it in the morning, lol!

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