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This is a super easy mouth-watering BBQ pulled pork recipe that is made in the instant pot and is full of tenderness. After cooking for 65 minutes, this pulled pork is so tender and full of juicy flavors.

(Last Updated On: July 9, 2022)

This flavorful BBQ pulled pork for sliders is made in the instant pot and is smothered in a delicious dry rub seasoning mix and a liquid sauce mix that give the pork its savory taste. To make the BBQ pulled pork super tender, we must cook it in the instant pot for 65 minutes.

Sliders are a great way to server this pulled pork using Hawaiian rolls. At our house, we call them pulled pork sandwiches. But first, the pulled pork must be made, and this recipe will guide you through it all.

BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe Instant Pot

🧂 What’s in this BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe?

There are lots of seasonings in this pulled pork recipe. There are dry ingredients and liquid ingredients:

The dry rub ingredients are brown sugar that is mixed together with chili powder, onion powder, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, cumin powder, fennel seeds, and cayenne pepper.

The liquid seasoning sauce is mixed together with barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth, and liquid smoke. Then, the dry ingredients and the liquid ingredients are stirred together and poured over the pulled pork in the instant pot.

Barbeque Pulled pork instant pot over a bun on a plate.

👩‍🍳 Key Ingredients for This Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

Pork

  • 3-5 pounds of boneless pork shoulder or butt roast

Dry Rub Seasoning Spices

  • 2 tablespoons of packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
Dry rub seasoning ingredients for pulled pork instant pot.
Dry rub seasoning ingredients for pulled pork.

Liquid Seasoning Sauce Ingredients

  • One cup of barbecue sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • One cup chicken broth (water is okay for less sodium content)
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke
Liquid seasoning sauce ingredients.
Liquid seasoning sauce ingredients.

🥣 How to Make BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe (Step-By-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

Step 1. Cut up the Pork

This recipe uses approximately 3 to 5 pounds of pork shoulder roast; however, you can choose any of your favorite cuts of meat (like pork butt), whichever you prefer. Then, cut the pork roast into large chunks.

Chunks of pork on a cutting board.
The pork roast is cut into large chunks.

Step 2. Mix the Dry Rub Seasoning Spices

In a medium-sized bowl mix all of the dry rub seasoning spices together – the brown sugar together with the chili powder, onion powder, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, cumin powder, cayenne pepper, and the fennel seeds.

Dry rub seasoning spices added together.
Add the dry rub seasoning spices together in a bowl and stir.

Step 3. Rub the Pork

Rub each pork roast chunk with the dry rub seasoning spices on the front, then fold it over and do the back, sides, and underneath. Save any leftover dry rub seasoning spices for later. We will add the leftover dry rub to the liquid seasoning sauce explained in step 7 below.

Dry seasoning rubbed on pork chunks.
Rub the dry ingredients on the pork chunks.

Step 4. Add Olive Oil to the Instant Pot

After that, get the instant pot ready by adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the bottom of the instant pot.

One tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the bottom of the instant pot.

Step 5. Turn Instant Pot on Sauté

Then, set the instant pot on sauté.

Instant pot set on saute.
Set the instant pot on saute.

Step 6. Put the Seasoned Pork into the Instant Pot

Place the pork chunks with the dry rub spices on them in the instant pot. Brown the pork chunks on sauté for about 5 minutes. Brown on all sides of the pork, turning as they are browning, but some pink left in the pork is okay.

Seasoned pork added to the instant pot.
Pork roast chunks sauteing in the instant pot.

The pulled pork has browned for about 5 minutes with the dry rub seasoning spices on it. In the next step below, we will make the liquid seasoning sauce.

Pork browned in the instant pot on saute.
Pulled pork browned with dry rub seasoning spices.

Step 7. Mix the Liquid Seasoning Sauce

Mix the liquid seasoning sauce ingredients in a bowl – 1 cup of Barbecue sauce together with 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup of Chicken broth (or water to cut sodium content), and 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke.

As mentioned above, if there is any dry rub seasoning spices leftover, add the extra dry ingredients together with the liquid seasoning sauce now. We certainly don’t want to throw any good spices away!

Liquid seasoning sauce blended together.
Liquid seasoning sauce.

Step 8. Add Liquid Seasoning to Instant Pot

Pour the liquid seasoning sauce over the browned pork roast chunks in the instant pot. Lift each piece of pork roast so the liquid seasoning sauce gets underneath all of the pork chunks.

Liquid seasoning sauce added to the pork in the instant pot.
Pour the liquid seasoning sauce over the pork roast.

Step 9. Set the Instant Pot to Manual

Set the instant pot to manual and set the time for 65 minutes. After 65 minutes, let the instant pot release naturally, which takes about 20 minutes.

Instant pot set on manual for sixty-five minutes.
Set instant pot to manual for 65 minutes.

The photo below shows what the pork roast chunks look like after it has been cooked in the instant pot for 65 minutes and then slow released for 20 minutes.

Pork after cooking for sixty-five minutes in the instant pot.
Pork roast chunks after cooking for 65 minutes.

Step 10. Pull the BBQ Pulled Pork Apart

Then, take 2 forks and gently pull apart and separate the tender pulled pork in the instant pot. You don’t have to pull every single piece of pork apart though; just so it is the right size to put on a slider.

Pork is pulled apart with a fork.
Pull apart pork chunks with a fork.

💡 Final Thoughts for This Flavorful BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

It is time to eat this easy pulled pork recipe! If you are not ready to serve dinner yet, you can put the lid back on the instant pot and press the “slow cook” button until you are ready for dinner. If you followed the directions in this post, you should have some tender made pulled pork ready to serve on sliders. Cooking this recipe is simple and quick. The longest part is just waiting for the instant pot to do the cooking.

Finished BBQ pulled pork in the instant pot.
The pulled pork is done cooking in the instant pot and ready to serve.

Serve this pulled pork on rolls for sliders or bigger buns for sandwiches. They taste great on Hawaiian rolls. Also, some side dishes can be Caesar salad, potato salad, French fries, or anything else that sounds good to you. Finally, if you have leftover pulled pork, try making this delicious pulled pork nacho recipe.

BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe in Instant Pot

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Flavorful BBQ Pulled Pork for Sliders (Instant Pot)

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This is a super easy mouth-watering BBQ pulled pork recipe that is made in the instant pot and is full of tenderness. After cooking for 65 minutes, this pulled pork is so tender and full of juicy flavors.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $15
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings 12 people

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3-5 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (or butt roast)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Dry Rub Seasoning Spices

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Liquid Seasoning Sauce

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (any brand)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (water is okay for less sodium content)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (any brand)
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (any brand)

Instructions
 

  • Cut the pork roast into large chunks.
  • In a bowl, prepare the dry rub seasoning spices.
  • Rub the dry rub seasoning spices all over the chunks of pork. Add any extra dry rub seasoning spices to the liquid seasoning sauce that will be made in the instructions below.
  • Add the olive oil to the bottom of the instant pot.
  • Set the instant pot on sauté.
  • Put the pork in the instant pot and brown on all sides for about 5 minutes. Some pink showing is okay.
  • In a bowl, prepare the liquid seasoning sauce. Mix 1 cup of barbecue sauce, any brand will do, 1 cup of chicken broth (or water for less sodium), 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke. Stir this together.
  • Pour the liquid seasoning sauce all over the browned pork, underneath it too.
  • Cook pork roast chunks in the instant pot on manual for 65 minutes. After 65 minutes, let the instant pot release naturally, which takes about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the instant pot lid and use 2 forks to pull apart the pork chunks.

Recipe Notes

  • Pulled pork can be served over rolls, especially Hawaiian rolls.
  • Some suggested side dishes can be Caesar salad, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, French fries, or your favorite chips.
  • If you have any leftover pulled pork and want to make something different for dinner the next night, try some easy-to-make pulled pork nachos.
  • You can substitute out the chicken broth and use water instead if you want less sodium content.
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