Instant Pot Pulled Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulders are a great batch cooking option for protein. We’ve long been fans of pulled pork, and we even have a couple of different sauces for you to consider (option #1 and option #2). That said, good pulled pork hasn’t always been a quick process. Quite the contrary, it has been a half-day or more of slow stewing or roasting.

Now, with the magic of the Instant Pot (which, honestly, has always been around for years by way of pressure cooker), this can be done very quickly. We think you’ll love this preparation as well as how quickly it is assembled. Plus, you get to make a homemade rib rub, great for pork shoulder as well as ribs. You’ll thank us later.

Ingredients
2 Tbsp coconut oil
7-lb boneless pork shoulder
5-6 Tbsp homemade rib rub
1 medium onion, thickly sliced
6 cloves garlic, smashed
6 C water
1/2 Tbsp liquid smoke
1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

homemade rib rub
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4 cup mild chili powder (use medium or hot to kick up the heat)
1 Tbsp chipotle chili powder
1 Tbsp Chinese five spice
1 Tbsp celery salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground black pepper

Method

Heat oil on sauté mode in the Instant Pot.

Season the entire boneless pork shoulder with rib rub.

Sear sides of pork shoulder for 3-4 minutes per side, starting with the fattiest side.

Remove shoulder and place sliced onions at the bottom of the pot.

Return pork shoulder. Add water, pressed garlic, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke.

Seal Instant Pot and set to meat/stew setting on high pressure for 60 minutes.

Remove pork from broth and shred easily with a fork.

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Shoulder

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Time: 75 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients
2 Tbsp coconut oil 
7 lb boneless pork shoulder
5-6 Tbsp homemade rib rub
1 medium onion, thickly sliced
6 cloves garlic, smashed
6 C water
1/2 Tbsp liquid smoke
1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

homemade rib rub
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4 cup mild chili powder (use medium or hot to kick up the heat)
1 Tbsp chipotle chili powder
1 Tbsp Chinese five spice
1 Tbsp celery salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground black pepper

Method

Heat oil on sauté mode in the Instant Pot.

Season the entire boneless pork shoulder with rib rub.

Sear sides of pork shoulder for 3-4 minutes per side, starting with the fattiest side.

Remove shoulder and place sliced onions at the bottom of the pot.

Return pork shoulder. Add water, pressed garlic, apple cider vinegar, and liquid smoke.

Seal Instant Pot and set to meat/stew setting on high pressure for 60 minutes.

Remove pork from broth and shred easily with a fork. 

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