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Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork Recipe

A very easy recipe to make BBQ pulled pork using your Instant Pot using pork butt or pork shoulder.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Pork Recipes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • Instant Pot


  • 4 to 5 lb pork butt (or pork shoulder), cut into 3 chunks
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 orange, juiced (optional)
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce


  • Take out the pork out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Trim off any excess fat. Cut into three large chunks (so that it will be able to fit in the Instant Pot)
    Season with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Using the "Saute" function of the Instant Pot, heat the oil until it's very hot. Sear all sides of the pork. (You will need to work in batches.) Remove the seared meat when it's nicely browned on the outside.
  • Add the beef broth and the juice of one orange (optional). Add all the seared meat back into the Instant Pot. Cook on Manual - High Pressure for 75 minutes.
  • Quick release and open the Instant Pot. Remove the cooked pork to a plate and shred using a fork. Add the barbecue sauce and mix until it's well-combined.
    You can add even more barbecue sauce, if desired.
  • Enjoy the barbecue pulled pork on sandwich buns.