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!
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!
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:
- 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!
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!