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Can I Make "Instant Pot Pulled Pork"?

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

Instant Pots are everywhere and they seemed really convenient, but usually people use them to make a ton of food for several portions and I cook for myself, so I was hesitant to get one. But I found myself in a kick of wanting to eat -- pulled pork and Adobo, and it would take me hours to get it to the texture I wanted, so I decided to get one. :)

I found this Pin from createkidsclub.com and it had really good instructions on using the Instant Pot, so I decided to try it! Her recipe for pulled pork sounded good too.



Since I was making a lot for myself -- a couple pounds, I decided to divide it up and do different recipes for smaller portions. Check out the quick post -- about making multiple recipes from 1 batch and saving them for later!

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Attempt #1:

What I used:

- ~2.5 or 3 lbs. Pork shoulder

(** I didn't cut it into pieces - I just cooked it for longer to get it soft.)

This is for 6 lbs. of meat -- I did a fraction for the smaller portion of meat.

  • 2 tbsp. cumin

  • 2 tbsp. chili powder

  • 2 tbsp. onion powder

  • 2 tbsp. granulated garlic

  • 2 tbsp. paprika

  • 1 tbsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. pepper

Garlic powder, cumin, salt & pepper not shown.


First, I put it on saute and I was surprised that it really was sauteing like on the stove!

You can see nice brown crust there.

Then I followed her directions and put it on the pressure cooking! The real test! You add about a cup of water to the instant pot to help it pressurize. (Tip: After cooking, you can use these juices as soup or broth later.)

Since I was making different recipes for different portions, I didn't add the spices in when I was pressure cooking the meat.

I was surprised at how easy it was. One really nice thing is that you basically set it and forget it -- as opposed to when I'm cooking it on the stove or oven and I have to check it and add water etc. After an hour, it beeped and it was fun to release the pressure after it beeped. It wasn't as soft as I wanted, so I put it on for another 30 min.

Photos: Left - About 1 hour and Right - After 1 hour, 30 min. - tender and easily made into pulled pork.

RESULT: Success! :)

We are good at this! It was much easier than I thought after following the good instructions from createkidsclub.com and her recipe was tasty too.

As noted above, since I was making different kinds of recipes with portions of the pork I made, I added in the spices at the end to this small portion. Perhaps, it didn't penetrate the same as if I had added it in while it was pressure cooking, but it was still tasty.

Oops! Forgot to take a photo of the finished product. You can take my word for it that it was still tasty!

Give it a try! We are good at this!

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