Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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Super juicy and tender, fall-apart tender Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork with slow cooker option. Easy to make and totally delicious, this is the perfect year-round recipe for bbq pork lovers! 

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For some reason pulled pork just screams Summer to me, but honestly I make this easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork all year round, it’s SO GOOD.

Today I’m going to teach you how to make super juicy and tender bbq pulled pork in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. And I’ve even got instructions for you if you’re still loving on that slow cooker and haven’t made the leap to a pressure cooker just yet!

This recipe is so family-friendly, even the pickiest of eaters will down this ultra tender bbq pork. My toddlers even had some and that is saying something because I have the toughest time getting them to eat anything but mac and cheese some days!

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork easy main dish recipe |

First things first, the bbq sauce. The recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups of bbq sauce. Feel free to make your own bbq sauce from scratch (been there, done that, LOVE IT) if you’re feeling up to it.

But if you just want as quick and easy as possible, go ahead and use your favorite store bought bbq sauce. I do this all the time!

My favorite secret when using store bought bbq sauce in this pulled pork, is to choose two different, but complimenting bbq sauce flavors. Usually a sweet paired with smoky, spicy, or something tangy like a Carolina-style sauce. Using two kinds of bbq sauce really kicks up the flavor.

This recipe also calls for one can of Coca Cola. You can swap this out for Dr. Pepper, or Root Beer! Use your personal preference or whatever you’ve got on hand. The main purpose is to tenderize the pork and any of these will work great.

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How do you make pulled pork in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker?

  • Cut pork roast into 4 equal pieces. Combine in pressure cooker with Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper, or Root Beer.
  • Stir together bbq sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder and pour over pork.
  • Cover and set to pressure cook setting for 45 minutes. Use natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  • Uncover pressure cooker and shred pork. Transfer pork to a bowl, discard juices, and stir bbq sauce into pork.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.

Can I use frozen pork roast?

Yes! For results, use thawed pork that has been cut into four sections. If you want to use a frozen pork roast, you will need to increase cooking time by about forty minutes to yield really tender pork.

Can I use a slow cooker?

Absolutely! Instead of pressure cooking, you can slow cook the pork in a crockpot for 6-8 hours on low for really juicy, tender pork.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork easy main dish recipe |

I love to use this Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork in salads, tacos, wraps, and sandwiches!

For sandwiches, I like to use hamburger buns spread with mayo. You can take it to the next level by adding extra bbq sauce and topping the pork with a heap of prepared coleslaw – I love that crunch!

This is an easy recipe for bbq pulled pork, made super tender and juicy in your Instant Pot/pressure cooker, or even in your slow cooker. So full of flavor and easy to customize, this dish will satisfy your bbq cravings all year long without heating up your oven or dirtying a bunch of dishes.

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What people are saying about this Instant pot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

“WOW!! First, thank you so much for answering all my questions, even the stupid ones. I made this for dinner tonight and since I had a larger (5 LBS) pork shoulder i had to add more of everything. This was worth every minute that went into making it. Thank you for the amazing recipe, its been added to my IP cookbook.” – Holly

“Most excellent recipe! I followed as written and it turned out great! Will be making this many times to come. Thank you!” – Jennie


“Fantastic recipe! I cooked a 9lb butt with Dr. Pepper, but realized I didn’t have brown sugar, so I left it out (I used a sweet BBQ store bought sauce, so figured it was fine). It was amazing, my family and the neighbors loved it.” – Sarah 


Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork easy main dish recipe |

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Super juicy and tender, fall-apart tender Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork with slow cooker option. Easy to make and totally delicious, this is the perfect year-round recipe for bbq pork lovers! 
4.87 from 98 votes
Servings: 6 people


  • 3 pound pork shoulder cut into 4 large chunks
  • 1 can coca cola may sub dr pepper or root beer
  • 2 1/2 cups bbq sauce see note
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 hamburger buns for serving


Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker

  • Add pork to a lightly greased pressure cooker/instant pot. Pour coca cola over the pork. 
  • Stir together 2 cups bbq sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pour over pork. 
  • Place lid on the pressure cooker, sliding into the locked position. Set to pressure cook for 45 minutes. Do a natural release for 10 minutes, then turn valve to the vent position. Once float valve has dropped, remove lid.
  • Use two forks to shred pork into small chunks. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pork to a bowl (discard liquid from pressure cooker) and stir remaining 1/2 cup bbq sauce with shredded pork. 
  • Serve pulled pork on hamburger buns. Optional sandwich toppings to take your pulled pork to the next level: mayo, extra bbq sauce, and cole slaw. 

Slow Cooker

  • Follow the instructions for preparation for Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, but to use a slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours before shredding pork. 


My favorite tip for choosing bbq sauce is to pick two different flavors - like a sweet + smoky, or a sweet + spicy. I love the depth of flavor it adds to the pork when you use two different kinds of bbq sauce together.
If using frozen pork that has not been cut into four chunks, increase pressure cooking time to 1 hr 20 mins to yield fully cooked, very tender pork. 
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5 stars
Second time making this recipe. I have doubled it with an over 6-7 lb piece of pork and it just fits in my 8qt instant pot. This is delicious and so easy!

Can you make this without the bq sauce and serve it on the side? I prefer to give people choices on the sauce.

    Sure- you could probably make that work.

Did you use the high pressure cook setting on the instant pOt?

3 stars
This recipe was tasty but I have 2 issues. First is that the meat was dry and a bit tough. The other issue is that none of the flavors from the liquid and spices passed to the inside of the meat.

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