Pulled pork in white bowl.

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork with Chinese Five Spice

This pulled pork is perfectly seasoned with Chinese five spice - a mix of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, and fennel seeds.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 168 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 4 lb. Boston Butt Pork Roast
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Chinese five spice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider


  1. Season pork with salt and Chinese five spice.

  2. Using sauté setting – once hot, add oil and sear roast on all sides (2-3 minutes on each side). Remove roast and set aside.

  3. Add aromatics to pot (cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, and fennel seeds) and toast for about 1 minute.

  4. Add apple cider to pot, along with trivet.

  5. Return roast to pot, placing on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 90 minutes at high pressure.

  6. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (will take about 15 minutes).

  7. Transfer pork roast to a serving dish and pull apart into bite-size pieces using two forks. Remove most of the fat.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

We prefer to eat this without sauce, though we do add some of the jus from the bottom of the pot. If adding BBQ sauce, I recommend a mustard-based sauce with this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork with Chinese Five Spice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 415mg 17%
Potassium 478mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.