The Best Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is so tender and juicy, it tastes like it has been cooking all day! The flavor is incredible with or without BBQ sauce. Serve it with your favorite sides for the perfect meal.

*Originally posted 07/2019; updated 02;2022

instant pot pulled pork on a white serving plate with a side of coleslaw and sweet potato wedges

We love to make this pulled pork all year round. It is such a satisfying dish and the Instant Pot makes it so easy. This recipe can easily be customized to be low carb and Whole30 compliant. Serve it on a roll or with all the best sides, or use it as a topping for salads and nachos!

What You Need:

  • 4-5 lb Pork Shoulder (Butt) – I get mine from ButcherBox
  • Spice Rub
    • Coconut Sugar (omit for low carb and if you want to keep this Whole30 compliant)
    • Kosher Salt
    • Garlic Powder
    • Onion Powder
    • Paprika
    • Cumin
    • Black Pepper
  • Avocado Oil
  • Chicken Broth
  • Apple Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
instant pot pulled pork on a white serving plate with two gold forks

How to Serve Your Pulled Pork:

  • You can mix it with your favorite BBQ sauce and serve it on a roll or alongside your favorite side dishes – bonus points if you serve it on a roll topped with coleslaw 😉
  • Our family favorite sides include my Classic Potato Salad, Broccoli Cauliflower Salad, and of course my Southwestern Coleslaw! (all pictured below)
  • I also love to serve this pulled pork inside a roasted sweet potato topped with BBQ sauce – I always use my Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce recipe
instant pot pulled pork on a white serving plate topped with bbq sauce

You Might Also Like:

Sweet & Tangy Paleo BBQ Sauce

Healthy Southwestern Coleslaw

The Best Classic Potato Salad

Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef

Easy Baked Paleo BBQ Wings

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The Best Instant Pot Pulled Pork

This Instant Pot Pulled Pork is so tender and juicy, it tastes like it has been cooking all day!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 339 kcal


  • 4-5 lbs Pork Shoulder boneless
  • 1 Tbls Paprika
  • 1 Tbls Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 Tbls Avocado Oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup Apple Juice
  • 1 Tbls Apple Cider Vinegar


  • First make the spice rub by mixing the coconut sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cumin in a small bowl
  • Then cut the pork shoulder (butt) into 4 equal pieces. If it has a bone, cut the bone out. Rub all the pieces with the spice mixture until well coated 
  • Add the avocado oil to the Instant Pot and turn to 'saute' mode. Once it is hot, brown the meat on all sides. Do this in batches 
    Once done, turn off saute mode and add the browned pork back to the Instant Pot with the broth, apple juice and apple cider vinegar 
  • Close the lid, move the steam valve to the 'seal' position. Set time to 70 minutes on high 
    When timer goes off, hit the 'cancel' button and let sit for 15 minutes before releasing the steam 
    Use two forks to pull the pork apart and enjoy! You can also toss with BBQ sauce for BBQ pulled pork


Slow Cooker Instructions:
  • Do steps 1-2 
  • Heat avocado oil in a large cast iron skillet over med/high heat and brown meat on all sides 
  • Add the browned meat to the slow cooker along with the chicken broth, apple juice and apple cider vinegar
  • Close the lid and set time for 8 hours on low 


Calories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 37gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 606mgPotassium: 710mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 591IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 3mg
Keyword BBQ, instant pot, paleo, whole 30
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  1. What do you do with the liquid in the bottom of the instant pot when it is done cooking? Do you discard it? Or mix it with the shredded chicken?

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