This Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe makes incredibly flavorful pulled pork that is so good you won’t believe how easy it is to make.
You might be wondering what to do with this pork shoulder once you’ve made it, but I’m telling you pulled pork shoulder makes a delicious addition to just about any salad, soup, or main dish.
Pork shoulder is not only deliciously addictive, it’s also a huge time-saver when it comes to meal preparation. Make a large pork shoulder at the beginning of the week and you can use it all week long in various dishes.
With the Instant Pot, in just over an hour you can have dinner on the table, plus leftovers for lunch the next day. For my husband and I, a 2.5 lb pork shoulder equals at least 4 meals. It saves a ton of time.
One of the things I purchase with nearly every one of my grocery orders is a 2 lb pork shoulder. It take only about one hour to make in the Instant Pot and it turns out perfectly fork tender and incredibly moist and delicious.
I use what we need for the dish I’m making that night, then I save the rest for adding to meals throughout the week. It saves so much time not having to make something new for each meal, and the pork is so versatile that it can be added to nearly anything.
How to Make Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot
The best part about the Instant Pot is that you can cut the time it takes to make this pulled pork shoulder to just over an hour. On the stove top or slow cooker, it would take 5-6 hours.
The two most important parts of making great pork shoulder are the rub and browning the meat before cooking.
Cut the pork shoulder into large chunks. Then rub the seasoning all over. There’s no need to let the meat sit and marinade.
Using the saute mode on the Instant Pot, brown the meat on all sides. Remove the pork from the pot when done and add the hot stock. The Instant Pot requires at least 1 cup of liquid to cook properly.
Whisk up the brown bits on the bottom. Make sure you get it all, or the machine can sometimes think the food is burning and shut off.
Add back in the pork and the other vegetables and sprinkle with brown sugar. You don’t have to add the sugar, but I think it adds a tremendous amount of flavor to the pork. Whenever I leave it out, I wish I hadn’t.
Set to Pressure Cook for 45 minutes. After the time is up, allow it to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes. You can then release the rest of the pressure, if you’re in a hurry, or let it finish on its own.
How to Serve Pulled Pork
Here are a few examples of dishes I use left-over pulled pork in:
- Pulled Pork Burrito Bowl with Cauliflower Rice
- King Ranch Casserole with Pulled Pork
- Pulled Pork Shephard’s Pie
- Keto BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
To crisp the meant, add no more than two servings at a time to a hot skillet with cooking oil. For the best results, don’t move the meat until it is crispy on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip and do the same on the other side.
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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Shoulder
- Instant Pot
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary crushed
- 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper optional
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 2.5 lb boneless pork shoulder
- 1 cup hot beef or pork stock
- 1/2 small onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic smashed
- 1 stalk celery cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Combine the salt, pepper, cumin, rosemary and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Cut the pork shoulder into several large chunks. Rub the seasoning onto each piece of pork.
- Heat the Instant Pot on Saute mode and add the cooking oil. When hot, sear the pork chunks on all sides until browned (about 2 mins per side). Remove from the pot.
- Add the hot stock to the pot and whisk rapidly to scrap all the browned bits off the bottom. Add back in the pork, along with the onion, garlic, and celery. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top.
- Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
- Select the Pressure Cook button and set to 40 minutes. When finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then manually release.
- Remove the meat and shred it, then return it to the Instant Pot to meld with the juices. Drain and serve as you like.