Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Pulled pork has become a go-to week night recipe in our house. You can make it in the Crock Pot or Instant Pot and you really get your bang for your buck with this one. We love it because it is pretty hands off and produces a quantity that is large enough for a crowd or for week night leftovers to put on top of salads, in tacos or just eat alone if you are lazy on a Thursday like we are! We have a few ways we like to season and make this dish but wanted to bring in a BBQ element to our Super Bowl party this year. The Instant Pot reduces the cooking time by hours making this recipe perfect for entertaining. You can be hands off while your guests are there and still serve a bad ass sandwich.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Makes: 8-10 servings

Active Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb pork butt/shoulder roast
  • 6 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 4 tbs salt
  • 4 tbs pepper
  • 4 tbs chili powder
  • 4 tbs garlic powder
  • 12 oz light beer (we used Blue Moon)
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce (pick your favorite kind!)

Directions:

  1. Trim off any excess fat from the pork shoulder. It doesn’t need to be perfect but will help ensure that your pulled pork isn’t completely saturated with oil when you are done.
  2. Create holes in the pork using a knife and insert the garlic cloves. Try your best to evenly distribute the garlic on all sides of the pork the best you can. We literally stick a knife straight into various parts of the shoulder to create the “pockets”.
  3. Season the pork with the salt, pepper, chili and garlic powder evenly on all sides. **
  4. Set the Instant Pot on saute and sear the pork on all sides until the sides are seared brown. You do not need oil at this point as the pork has enough fat naturally.
  5. Change the setting to pressure cook on high and add the beer. Cook on the high setting for 75 minutes. Release the pressure when done. Open the Instant Pot and flip the pork over, submerging the other side of the pork, and cook on the high setting for an additional 20 minutes.
  6. Release the pressure and using two forks, shred the pork. Be sure to discard any bones during this process which should only be the shoulder bone depending on the cut you purchased.
  7. Add the BBQ sauce and serve with buns, coleslaw, pickles and cheddar cheese!

**If you want to use a Crock Pot, sear the pork in a pan on the stove and transfer the pork to the CrockPot. Add the beer and set the Crock Pot to cook on High for 8 hours. Continue with Step 6 and enjoy!

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