Pulled Pork

Juicy pulled pork cooked in the instant pot and crazy easy to make. The pork shreds so easily and the flavor is off the charts.

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pulled pork


I have been making pulled pork in the instant pot for quite some time. So many folks over on the FlavCity Instagram and Facebook stories have been asking for the recipe, so now is the time.

All you need for this juicy pulled pork recipe is 4 ingredients, an instant pot, and a little patience. If you don’t have an instant pot, the recipe is almost exactly the same, I will break it down each way for you.

How To Make Pulled Pork In The Instant Pot

Start off with a 3.5-4.5 pound pork butt. A boneless pork butt is the perfect cut for making pulled pork, it will fall apart after being cooked under pressure in the instant pot.

Make a spice rub by adding the cumin, smoked paprika, chile powder, and other spices to a small bowl and mix well. Meanwhile, preheat the instant pot to saute high, or preheat a stove-top pressure cooker over medium-high heat.

Season the pork all over with the spice rub and a good dusting of salt. Add 3 tablespoons of avocado oil to the instant pot and add the pork butt. If using a stove-top, follow the same instructions.

Sear on all sides until dark brown and crusty. Add 1 cup of enchilada sauce and enough water to almost cover the pork butt.

Put the lid on the instant pot and pressure cook on high for 1 hour. If using stove-top pressure cooker, cook time begins once pressure has been achieved.

The most important part of this pulled pork recipe is to let the pot rest for at least 1 hour after the cook time is up. You can even let the pork rest in the pot without opening the lid for 3 hours. The pork butt needs time to relax and the muscle fibers will get super soft.

If using an instant pot, you can use the keep warm setting. For stove-top, if the temperature gets to low after you open the pot, just reheat until warm.

Shred the pork, serve with leftover sauce, and enjoy!

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How To Make Pulled Pork

What Cut Of Meat To Use For Pulled Pork?

Boston butt is the ideal cut of meat for making juicy pulled pork. I recommend buying a 3.5-4.5 pound of boneless pork butt and having the butcher cut it in half for you. When you cook a boneless pork butt in the instant pot undert pressure, the collagen and gelatin break down and the meat becomes insanely tender and flavorful.

Check out my other pork recipes:

Pork Meatball Soup

Pulled Pork Sliders



pulled pork

Pulled Pork

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, pork, pulled pork
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Bobby Parrish

Easy pulled pork recipe cooked in the instant pot



For the Pork

  • 3.5-4.5 pound boneless boston butt
  • Spice Rub
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce
  • Salt
  • Avocado oil
  • Water

For the spice rub

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Make the spice rub by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Cut the boston butt into two pieces and season well with spice rub and a generous amount of salt.
  2. Preheat instant pot to high or stove-top pressure cooker to medium-high with 3 tablespoons of avocado oil. Sear one piece of pork until dark and crusty all over, remove from pot and sear the other piece. Once both pieces are seared, add them both to the pot along with the enchilada sauce, and enough water to almost cover them.
  3. Put the lid on the instant pot and set cook time for 1 hour on pressure cook high. For stove-top, once the pressure has come up, cook for 1 hour. After 1 hour is complete, allow the pork to sit in the pot for 1-3 hours then open the lid. The meat will have completely relaxed and will fall apart when shredded.
  4. Shred the pork with two forks and skim the fat off the liquid inside the pot Use some of the liquid to keep the pork moist, it will also add loads of flavor. Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Pulled Pork”

    1. sear the pork and cook with lid on over a bare simmer for 3.5 hours. You can also cook with lid on in 250F oven for 3.5 hours.

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