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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Sandwich
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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

The BEST Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe and How to Make Pulled Pork in your Instant Pot! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Natural Pressure Release20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Instant Pot, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Servings: 8 people
Author: Marianne


  • 12 ounces beer brown ale or lager
  • 4 lb boston butt ( pork shoulder ) boneless
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teapoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar


  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Pour in the beer.  Let the beer sit in the pot on Sauté mode for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the beer is reducing in the pot, cut the boneless pork shoulder into roughly ½ pound chunks.
    Combine all of the spices and sugar and rub them on all sides of the meat chunks.
  • Place the meat chunks into the simmering beer in the Instant Pot.  Add any leftover spice rub and the apple cider vinegar as well.
    Lock the lid onto the pot and set the vent to Sealing.
  • Press cancel to turn off the Sauté function, and then hit Pressure Cook / Manual.  Set the timer for 60 minutes.
    After 60 minutes, let the pot naturally release for 20 minutes ( this means just let it sit and the timer on the pot will go from counting down to counting up. )  Once the timer hits 20 minutes, release the rest of the pressure by carefully opening the sealing valve.
  • Once the pin drops and the pressure is released, open the lid and shred the pork in the pot with the juices with two forks.  Let the pork sit in the juices until ready to serve.


If serving later, you can let the pork cool off in the pot, and then store covered in the fridge.  Before reheating, remove any fat that as accumulated in the dish.