Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork: A Crowd-Pleaser


For the Pork:

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4-5 pounds boneless pork loin or pork shoulder/butt, cut into 3 chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium beef or chicken broth, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Prepare the Pork: Mix the spices and rub them over the pork.
  2. Brown the Pork: Heat the oil in the Instant Pot and brown the pork on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. Deglaze the Pot: Add half the broth and scrape up any stuck-on bits. Add the remaining broth and onion.
  4. Cook the Pork: Return the pork to the pot, seal, and cook on HIGH pressure for 40 minutes (pork loin) or 1 hour (pork shoulder/butt). Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes.
  5. Prepare the Sauce:

    Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE and whisk in the sauce ingredients. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Shred the Pork: Remove the pork and shred it.
  7. Combine the Pork and Sauce: Stir the shredded pork, onions, and any juices into the sauce. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  8. Serve: Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.


  • Don’t release the pressure too quickly, as this can toughen the meat.

  • Use pork shoulder or butt for the most moist pulled pork.
  • If you don’t have homemade barbecue sauce, you can use your favorite store-bought sauce.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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