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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Looking for a quick way to make BBQ pulled pork? The Instant Pot is the answer! You can have Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork on the table in just over an hour. Made gluten-free, you can use this tender pork for sandwiches, nachos, salads, and more!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Megan


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 lbs boneless pork shoulder (cut into 8 pieces)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups bbq sauce (divided)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


  • Add the brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and sea salt to a small bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Cover every part of the cubed pork in the spice rub.
  • Set Instant Pot to the sauté setting and add the oil. Once hot, add the pork and sear on each side, about 3 minutes per side. You will probably need to do this in 2-3 batches. Place pork on a clean plate after browned. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  • With a wooden spoon, scrape off the browned bits. You can add a tablespoon of water or two to help scrape up the browned bits if needed.
  • Whisk together 1 cup of the BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, and orange juice.
  • Set the Instant Pot to the High Pressure Cooking setting. Add the browned meat to the pressure cooker. Pour the BBQ sauce mixture over the top. Stir to make sure the pork is completely covered by the sauce.
  • Twist on the top and make sure the valve is at "sealed." Cook on high pressure for 55 minutes.
  • Let naturally release for 10 minutes, and then put the valve on quick release.
  • Turn pressure cooker off and carefully remove the top.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove the pork to a large bowl, leaving the liquid behind.
  • Either shred the pork or chop into smaller chunks.
  • Mix with the remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce. Serve!


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 939mg | Potassium: 819mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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