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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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ, instant pot, paleo, whole 30
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 339kcal
Author Sara


  • 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: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg