Monday, January 3, 2022

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot pulled pork sliders are incredibly tender thanks to a secret ingredient - root beer! Top with coleslaw and pickles for extra crunch!

While this recipe is simple, it is still packed with a ton of flavor that everyone will love. Make pulled pork sliders for dinner or for your next potluck - they’ll be a hit no matter what!

I also have a chipotle honey and a Hawaiian BBQ version of this recipe. One is sweet and smoky, while the other is tangy with a sensational pineapple BBQ sauce.

Instant Pot recipes are always my go-to when life becomes a little more hectic. Especially because there’s fewer dishes to wash afterwards!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork sandwich

Instant Pot Pulled Pork - Tips and Tricks

  • Make it your own. Adjust the amount of spices and brown sugar and the type of BBQ sauce so it tastes just right!
  • For extra tenderness and flavor: Add a splash of root beer to your sauce mixture! Dr. Pepper, regular cola, and chicken stock are great alternatives for this as well.
  • Kick up the heat. Adding cayenne pepper or some spicy BBQ sauce will give your pressure cooker pulled pork some extra spice.
  • Won’t fit? If your roast is too large for your pressure cooker, simply cut it into 3 or 4 pieces first.
  • Add some crunch! A spoonful of coleslaw and a few dill pickles on top of the meat gives these sliders extra texture and a little extra zing.

pressure cooker pulled pork ingredients

Serving Suggestions

Serve these pulled pork sliders with extra BBQ sauce, onions, or jalapenos! The coleslaw topping makes them more than enough on their own, or you can add any of your favorite sides.

Baked beans and potato salad are perfect for any cookout, while some mac and cheese or cornbread make the meal a little more comforting.

instant pot pulled pork seasoned

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Instant Pot - This is the one I use.
  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Whisk - These have held up for over 10 years and are still as good as the day I bought them. 
  • Tongs - I love how well these grip! They are so handy and are perfect for serving.

instant pot pulled pork cooked ready for shredding

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

How can I shred the meat quickly?

Luckily, pressure cooker pulled pork is so tender that it should fall apart with ease!

You can use two forks, meat claws, or even your hands to separate the roast into shreds and smaller pieces in minutes.

What is the difference between pork butt and shoulder roast?

While they both come from the shoulder, these cuts are not quite the same. The butt roast, also known as Boston Butt, sits a bit higher and has more marbling than a shoulder roast.

The extra fat creates more tender, flavorful bites, but either cut will work wonderfully for this recipe.

pressure cooker pulled pork saucy

How do I store leftover instant pot pulled pork?

Once cooled, transfer the meat to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.

Reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stove until warmed through. If frozen, thaw the meat in the refrigerator first.


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Instant Pot Pulled Pork on a plate

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Author: Donna Elick
Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot pulled pork sliders are incredibly tender thanks to a secret ingredient - root beer! Top with coleslaw and pickles for extra crunch!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 60 MinTotal time: 1 H & 4 M


  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3-4 pound pork shoulder roast (pork butt roast)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 7.5 ounce can root beer
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 Buns
  • Dill pickle chips and coleslaw for serving (optional)


  1. Combine salt, chili powder, black pepper, garlic salt, dry mustard, and onion powder in a small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the top, bottom, and sides of the pork roast and rub into the roast.
  3. In the pot of an Instant Pot pressure cooker, heat the oil using the saute setting. Brown the roast on all sides in the oil. (If the roast does not fit into the instant pot, it can be cut into 3-4 larger pieces).
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together 1 cup of BBQ sauce, brown sugar, root beer and pickle juice or vinegar. Pour sauce over the browned roast in the instant pot.
  5. Secure the lid of the instant pot and cook on the manual setting for 60 minutes (additional time required for the pot to pressurize).
  6. Carefully release the pressure from the instant pot and remove the lid.
  7. Lift the roast from the liquid in the pot. Shred the meat of the roast (it should fall apart easily) using two forks. If there are large pieces of fat, discard them.
  8. Remove oil/fat and about half of the liquid from the instant pot. Add the remaining cup of BBQ sauce.
  9. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water. Turn the instant pot back on to the saute setting and bring the liquid to a simmer. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce in the pot and continue cooking and whisking until the sauce thickens.
  10. Return the shredded meat to the thickened sauce.
  11. Mound meat onto slider buns. Top with a large scoop of coleslaw and dill pickles.
  12. Serve immediately
  1. The root beer helps to tenderize the meat and adds a little bit of flavor - you can substitute regular cola, Dr. Pepper or chicken stock instead.
  2. Spices, amount of brown sugar, and the type of BBQ sauce can all be customized to your preference. As written, this pulled pork is mild and a little bit sweet. You can add cayenne pepper or a spicy BBQ sauce to kick up the heat.
  3. Serve with additional BBQ sauce, onions, jalapenos, etc.
  4. The coleslaw adds some nice crunch and a little zing.
  5. Leftover pulled pork can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork closeup

Originally published January 2022

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