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Perfect Instapot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Before fall ends and winter officially sets in in Michigan, I wanted to share one of our favorite fall recipes.

However, since the lines here between our seasons tend to blur in the Midwest, I think you’ll find my Instapot Pulled Pork Sandwiches with homemade barbecue sauce is great for any of the colder months.

We also love to serve this at parties. We’ve made it for both kids’ baptisms back in Chicago when everyone was over the summer hotdogs and Italian beef sandwiches. And, it’s so easy to make pulled pork in big batches! It’s great for New Year’s Eve or sliders for holiday appetizers and could even work well for the super bowl.
Perfect Instapot Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Perfect Instapot Pulled Pork
I also like to cheat a bit when making it in the fall and winter because it doesn’t require me to slow roast it on the grill for hours and hours. We make it in our pressure cooker or Slow cooked for a very hands-off and perfect-for-a-busy-day kind of recipe.
This batch I whipped together in the Instapot and you can see how in the video below.

When cooking it in the pressure cooker, the meat comes out juicy, tender and full of flavor (as long as it’s flavored well before going in). It’s perfect for these sandwiches and leftovers make a great taco too.
And while the tender meat may be the star of this recipe, the co-star is my homemade barbecue sauce. It’s bold, sweet and tangy with a taste that will leave you wanting to slather it on everything. You can find the recipe below, save it and make it next summer. I promise, you’ll want to! It’s a showstopper.
We also like to top off our pulled pork with this gorgeous, crunchy Apple Coleslaw. You can find the recipe for that here and you’re going to want to book mark that one too.
Get the full recipe for the pulled pork below! For more recipes, click here.
Perfect Instapot Pulled Pork Perfect Instapot Pulled Pork
Perfect Instapot Pulled Pork

Instapot Pulled Prok

This Instapot Pulled Pork will be an insta favorite for your family. Homemade, fast and easy it's perfect for week nights and parties. 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, instapot pulled pork
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Venting: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

Pulled Pork Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1/2 - 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 5 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • Chop your onion and add it to the pressure cooker. 
  • Season your pork with salt and pepper. Season it heavily. It will help to flavor the meat when its done. 
  • Add pork shoulder to the pressure cooker.
  • Add barbecue sauce and water. 
  • Close your pressure cooker and make sure it's sealed. Follow the directions on your cooker for doing so. 
  • Set time to 60-75 minutes and start. 
  • Once it's done, let the pressure cooker vent or feel free to vent it manually. 
  • Open the lid and shred the meat with a fork. 
  • Add more barbecue sauce to top and serve on a bun or alone with some delicious side dishes. 

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Steps

  • Add all your ingredients to a large bowl. 
  • Whisk together vigorously until smooth. 
  • Serve! 

Perfect Instapot Pulled Pork

Perfect Instapot Pulled Pork

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24 Comments

  1. Becky

    Oh my. These look sooo delicious. Need to try this recipe!

  2. Tara Pittman

    My family would love this for Sunday lunch. I need to try this in my slow cooker.

  3. Brianne Tursi Manz


    Your pulled pork sandwiches look amazingly delicious! I have to make this and that yummy apple coleslaw!

  4. Such a yummy sandwich idea, I need to try it

  5. Erin

    My husband loves pulled pork! Will definitely have to add to my recipe list!

  6. Amy

    These make me very hungry! They look amazing! I love sweet and savory meats!

  7. Monica

    I love how versatile pulled pork is. It’s good any time of year! I also have never thought to put shredded apple in coleslaw. Yum!!!

  8. Kileen

    I love pulled pork sandwiches and these amazing! I’m going to have to try and make these!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  9. Lisa Joy Thompson

    I never know what to make with pork shoulder. I will definitely be trying this recipe! I’m always on the lookout for food that will feed a crowd.

  10. Catalina


    This could be a great idea for dinner tonight! Looks so mouthwatering and everyone in my family will love it!

  11. Shayla Marie

    These look lovely and yummy! Well done!!

  12. krystal

    Love bringing out my instant pot! so easy for fast meals.

  13. Anne Marie

    This looks fantastic! Pulled pork is a favorite with our family. Easy to prepare and a crowd pleaser

  14. Jill Nunn


    You had me when you added the coleslaw on top! YUMMY, this looks mouth-watering!

  15. Steph

    YUM. I really need to get an instapot!

  16. Claudia Krusch


    They look amazing! My husband loves pulled pork! I can wait to try it!

  17. Jennifer

    We love making this recipe in our Instantpot. I serve it with my homemade coleslaw and homemade fries. It is one of the most delicious dishes we make.

  18. Maria Yakimchuk

    Sounds really good. I don’t eat pork but I can see chicken being a great substitute as well. Need to break out my Instapot.

  19. Cyndi Buchanan

    Oh my goodness! These look so delicious! I’ll definitely be trying this recipe.

  20. Heather

    Yumm! I’m drooling. These looks so good.

  21. Emily

    I’ve been looking for a good instapot pulled pork recipe! I can’t wait to try this one out!

  22. Aditi Wardhan Singh


    I love my instant pot. So amazing with so many differnt recipes so easily made. This is just another great addition. Works great for chicken too right ? This recipe?

  23. Flossie McCowald

    Oh my gosh this looks incredible! I love a good pulled pork sandwich!

  24. Valerie

    Totally trying pork in the instapot now. Ty


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