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Easy and Yummy Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Flavored with spices and wine, this easy instant pot pulled pork comes out so tender and tasty! It cooks in no time because it's all done in the pressure cooker - feeds a crowd!

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, USA
Keyword easy instant pot pulled pork recipe, instant pot barbecue pulled pork, instant pot pulled pork, instant pot pulled pork sweet baby rays, instant pot pulled pork tacos, pressure cooker pulled pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 10


  • 4-5 lbs boneless pork roast (pork shoulder or pork butt) or boneless country-style ribs, cut-up
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ½ cup red (or white) wine
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 cup favorite barbecue sauce (we use sweet Baby Rays)


  1. Slice the roast into 4-6 equal pieces. If using country-style ribs, they would have been pre-cut so you can slice them into 2 pieces, if desired.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the rub components - brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, cumin and salt. Rub the pork pieces all over.

  3. Into the instant pot or pressure cooker, pour in the apple juice, wine and ketchup. Stir to blend. Add the spiced-covered pork pieces.

  4. Secure the lid. Make sure knob is on sealing position. Select manual and cook at high pressure for 50 minutes. Allow natural release (15 minutes or so) once the cycle is finished.

  5. Transfer the pork to a platter and shred with a fork. Remove but 2 cups of the liquid remaining (use the 2 cup line on the instant pot for guidance). Alternately, you can also do a saute on the instant pot and allow the sauce to simmer until it reduces up to the 2 cup line. Whatever is easier!

  6. Return the shredded pork with the barbecue sauce, stirring to ensure the pork is well coated with the sauce. Saute just until the sauce and meat is fully heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired.

  7. Spoon just enough pulled pork onto the soft hamburger buns. Serve as is or add some coleslaw and cheese on top of the pulled pork.

Recipe Notes

Note: If you don't have or don't like wine, simply replace with white or rice vinegar.

Serve with humburger buns, coleslaw, shredded cheese plus extra barbecue sauce on the side, if desired.