This is such an easy, healthy Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe! You’re going to love it! Slightly spicy, moist, juicy and delicious! Sometimes you just need a quick and easy pork recipe. I created this the week before my trip to China because I needed some quick and easy meals for my son to reheat while I was gone. While it’s similar to my Kalua Pig in simplicity, this one has a totally different flavor.
Of course I think it tastes best with my homemade Instant Pot BBQ Sauce, but if you don’t have time to make that, just grab a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. If you’re watching calories, look for a low sugar one like Annie’s Original BBQ Sauce.
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Whole pork shoulder is the best cut of meat for pulled pork. If you can’t find it, use Boston Butt or Picnic Shoulder. If you have to buy it in a huge quantity, measure out 3-5 pounds and freeze them into portions for later.
Can I use a slow cooker or crock pot instead of an Instant Pot?
Definitely! Brown the pork in a skillet first, then add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker or crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Can I freeze pulled pork?
Yes you can! I like to use vacuum sealed bags and portion the meat into 1 or 2 cup portions. That way when I need a quick meal for lunch or dinner I have it. I just take out the number of portions I need and thaw.
How is this bbq pulled pork recipe healthier than other recipes?
You trim the visible fat before you cook it. When the pork is done, you then pour all the fat juices into a fat separator. After the fat has separated, pour some of the liquid back into the pot and mix with the homemade low calorie bbq sauce (or store-bought sauce) and serve. Other recipes serve the pork with all of the fat.
This is such an easy healthy Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe! You’re going to love it! Slightly spicy, moist, juicy and delicious! Sometimes you just need a quick and easy pork recipe that makes a lot and pleases everyone!
3 lb pork shoulder roast, Boston Butt or Picnic Shoulder
Add some of the liquid (without fat) back into Instant Pot, only if needed for moisture. Add shredded pork. Add in the remaining bbq sauce (8 T.)
Serve with additional bbq sauce if desired.
If you have the same fat separator as I do, take off the colander top and pour that sauce back into Instant Pot with shredded pork. I hate to waste the sauce on top and the fat has already slipped through the colander.
If you want to do 5 lbs at a time, cook for about 90 minutes in the Instant Pot. You may want to add a few more tablespoons of bbq sauce at the end as well.
Because my family enjoys foods spicy, I like to add a chipotle pepper in 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce. I only use one pepper, sometimes two chipotle peppers in adobo sauce – definitely not the whole can!