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This Instant Pot pulled pork is out of this world delicious and tender. The recipe is super easy and hands-off, thanks to the Instant Pot pressure cooker, and uses only THREE ingredients. This is the most tender, flavorful pulled pork we’ve ever had. And we’re from Memphis!

close up image of Instant Pot pulled pork with barbecue sauce, pickles, and coleslaw on bun.

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • This pulled pork is SO tender and easy to make!
  • There are Whole30, paleo, low-carb, and keto options for this recipe.
  • It’s perfect for entertainment purposes. Hello, BBQ parties.
  • This pulled pork made in the IP is perfect for some classic barbecue sandwiches or nachos, too.

Whole30 and Paleo Options

This recipe can be made Whole30 or paleo compliant by using a barbecue sauce that has no sugar added, like this one.

For Keto or Low-Carb

Use a sugar-free BBQ sauce! I have an AMAZING barbecue sauce here.

Chef’s Tips

  • This recipe works best if you shred with two forks. Trust me, I tried with a hand mixer. Can we say messy? Oh, yeah.
  • It is super important to cook the pork WITH the barbecue sauce in the IP. Tender flavors all the way!
  • Serve with our healthy coleslaw recipe, toasted hamburger buns, and homemade pickles which can be found here.
close up image of Instant Pot pulled pork served on hamburger bun with pickles, coleslaw, and barbecue sauce.

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
3.50 from 2 votes

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Prep 15 minutes
Cook 55 minutes
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
This pulled pork made in the IP is crazy tender and filled with the most delicious flavors! A native from Memphis, we LOVE this recipe! Super easy to make, and it can be made Whole30, too!
8 people


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt according to taste
  • 4 pounds pork shoulder roast cut into 4 equal pieces (we used a steak ready boneless pork shoulder cut, and we cut 4 lb off the bone (small bone) and saved the rest)
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups barbecue sauce 2 for really saucy

To Serve

  • 8 hamburger buns split and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons butter or as needed
  • coleslaw


  • Heat oil in Instant Pot over sauté mode. Add pork and brown on each side, turning. Top pork with salt and barbecue sauce.
  • Cover the ingredients and secure IP lid into the locking position. Cook on Manual High 40 minutes. Let the steam naturally release for ten minutes, then open the lid and shred (way easier to shred with two forks).
  • Turn on sauté mode to absorb barbecue sauce. Serve as desired! We served this pulled pork with hamburger buns, coleslaw, and butter. Toast buns in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about five minutes or until they have a nice golden color.
  • Be sure to cut the roast into 4 pieces. 
  • Shred the pulled pork with two forks. 
  • For Whole30, keto, paleo, or low-carb options, use compliant barbecue sauce.
Recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Nutritional values shown reflect information for 1 serving. Nutrition info shown does not include hamburger buns, butter, or coleslaw. Macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands of ingredients used.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 312calProtein: 27gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1528mgPotassium: 596mgTotal Carbs: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gNet Carbs: 21gVitamin A: 128IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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  1. Avatar Zach Wheeler says:

    Followed your directions to a T but getting the burn reading on the IP.
    4lbs of meat and 2 cups of BBQ sauce. What am I doing wrong?2 stars

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Hey Zach, we’re sorry your pork shoulder burned in your Instant Pot. Every appliance is different, so that could be part of the issue. You also need to make sure you add the oil and preheat it before adding the pork. Hope this helps!5 stars

  2. Avatar Jennifer S Clement says:

    Can I use pork tenderloin for this? It is what I have onhand. 🙂

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