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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork – Perfectly & Unusually Spiced

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Perfectly & Unusually Spiced

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

I have spent my entire cooking life using the crock pot for pulled pork. Well, that is now a thing of the past. Pressure cooker pulled pork is the way to go! Hear me now, believe me later. This recipe will give you a result that is as tender and moist as any pulled pork you’ve ever had.

What’s So Special About This Recipe?

I feel like at least 90% of pulled pork recipes are the just variations of each other. Barbecue sauce, chili powder, cumin, chipotle powder, brown sugar – the usual suspects. I must say, I’ve been doing it that way for years. But I wanted something different. So I went into my spice drawer and just started pulling things out. That’s what being a chef is all about!

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork | The Foodie Eats

You Can Probably Guess What I’m Going To Say Next…

That’s right. The broken record continues. You need an instant pot in your life. I simply can’t get enough of the versatility of this kitchen tool. When it stops being awesome, I’ll stop talking about it.

Oh, I used this too. But it’s optional.

As I’ve stated before, nothing on Earth will give you a sear like that of a cast iron skillet. So for this method, before we fire up the Instant Pot, we sear the meat. This will do two things – give it an amazing color (so your meat doesn’t look sad and gray) and lock in the juices.

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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
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  • 4 lb. Boston Butt Roast
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. allspice berries
  • 1 tsp. cardamon seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. grape seed oil (or other high temp oil)
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  1. Bring pork roast to room temperature (at least 10 minutes) then season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. Turn on sauté setting on Instant Pot (or heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.) Once hot, add oil. Sear roast on all sides - 60 seconds each side.
  3. Once seared, move roast to Instant Pot - fat side up. Then add all other ingredients.
  4. Close lid and set manual setting to 75 minutes.
  5. Once complete, allow pressure to release naturally (about 20 minutes).
  6. Carefully remove roast, then use knife to cut away fat layer. Then use 2 forks to pull meat apart.
  7. For the remaining liquid in pot - pour through a fine mesh strainer into separate container. Add some to pork, if desired.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Once pork is pulled apart, you can also mix with your favorite BBQ sauce. I prefer a mustard-based sauce with this recipe.


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  • Reply
    Tamara Stoebe
    March 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

    If you use the Saute option in the IP – do you then drain the fat before adding all other items? I’m not a great cook, but am enjoying using the IP and sometimes I just really don’t know the answer. I appreciate your response as this looks really good and I am using my IP primarily as my cooking source in my RV. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      March 24, 2017 at 11:37 am

      I don’t think that’s necessary. It’s only 2 Tbsp and the pork will make more fat already. Just be sure to remove the layer of fat from the meat (if there is one in your cut) before pulling it. I hope you enjoy it!

      Add some mustard BBQ sauce! Mmmmm.

      • Reply
        Tamara Stoebe
        March 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

        Thank you

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