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Easy Pulled Pork (Sweet & Savory)

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Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pulled Pork that is ready to eat in less than an hour!  This recipe is great for large crowds or barbecues!

Instant Pot Sweet Savory Pulled Pork
Instant Pot Sweet Savory Pulled Pork 1

Pork Sirloin Roast

I use sirloin roast in this recipe because it has less fat than butt roast or pork loin.  It also makes for less work to trim any extra fat from the meat.  For this recipe, I used a 3-pound pork sirloin roast and cut it into 4 large chunks.  It only takes 40 minutes in the Instant Pot to get juicy, flavorful, and fall apart pulled pork.

Dry Rub for the Pork

The flavor is really packed into this pork roast due to the dry rub.  I add the dry seasonings to a large bowl, cut my meat into 4 large chunks, and add the meat to the bowl.  I then add the dry rub to the meat and make sure it is fully covered.

I toss to coat the roast well and I let it sit for just a few minutes to allow the seasonings to stick.  While it sits, I slice the onions, mince the garlic, and put those ingredients into the Instant Pot.

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Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

I’ve used this pulled pork recipe for many years.  I would make it in my crockpot and it would take over 8 hours to be ready to eat.  By making it in the Instant Pot, it’s ready in less than an hour and the meat is really tender and flavorful!  I love “set and forget it” recipes and this is one of my favorites.

It makes enough to feed a larger amount of people and you can easily double the recipe and not increase the cooking time!

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Make it Spicy

This recipe makes for a sweet and savory blend of spices.  If you want a little more heat to your pulled pork, you adjust the spices to your liking.  You can also choose a more spicy barbecue sauce to add at the end.  I always make mine with a brown sugar variety but it can be changed to preference!

Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pulled Pork

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Yield: 6 people

Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pulled Pork (Slow Cooker Option)

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Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pulled Pork that is ready to eat in less than an hour! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Natural Release 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 lb sirloin pork roast, can also use butt roast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce, your preference

Toppings (optional)

  • coleslaw
  • pickles
  • onion rings

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin, and cinnamon. 
  2. Remove twine from pork if necessary and cut into 4 large chunks.
  3. Add meat to the large bowl and rub spices into chunks of meat. Tossing to cover completely.
  4. Lay sliced onions and garlic in the Instant Pot. 
  5. Add the chunks on top.
  6. Pour 1 cup of chicken broth in the Instant Pot and cover.
  7. Close vent and set to MANUAL for 40 minutes.
  8. Allow a Natural Release for 10 minutes before releasing all pressure and removing the lid.
  9. Remove meat from the Instant Pot and shred the pork.  I use a hand mixer, it's really quick!
  10. Strain the liquid from the Instant Pot and save the onions and garlic.
  11. Put meat back into the pot, turn on Saute and add in the barbecue sauce.
  12. Mix well and serve.

Slow Cooker Option

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin, and cinnamon. 
  2. Remove twine from pork if necessary.
  3. Add meat to the large bowl and rub spices into chunks of meat. Tossing to cover completely.
  4. Lay sliced onions and garlic in the slow cooker.
  5. Add the pork on top.
  6. Pour 1 cup of chicken broth into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  7. Cover and cook on 8-10 hours on low or 6-8 hours on high.
  8. Remove meat from the slow cooker and shred the pork.  I use a hand mixer.
  9. Put meat back into the slow cooker, stir the veggies with the meat and add the barbeque sauce.

Notes

TIP: If using frozen meat - increase the cook time by 10 minutes per pound

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 14.7gSaturated Fat: 5.1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 1778mgCarbohydrates: 27.2gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 18.7gProtein: 50.2g

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Erin

Sunday 21st of June 2020

40 minutes?! That's crazy fast. I so need to try this! It's been ages since I've had pork.

Erin

Sunday 16th of June 2019

I have a pork sirloin roast that is just under 6lbs. Do I need to increase my time or perhaps cut into smaller chunks?

Dana

Sunday 16th of June 2019

Cutting it into smaller chunks should work just fine!

Patti

Monday 27th of May 2019

I have a pork roast that is almost 4 pounds. Do I need to increase the cooking time to more the 40 minutes?

Dana

Monday 27th of May 2019

Increasing the time by 15 minutes should make it still shreddable. Hope that helps!

Sharon

Friday 3rd of May 2019

Do you place everything right onto the bottom of the IP or on the little metal insert thing? And how long do you sauté for at the end? Thanks! I plan to make this over the weekend and I’m looking forward to it!

Dana

Friday 3rd of May 2019

Hi Sharon!

I don't use the trivet for this recipe, I just place the pork on the bottom of the liner. As far as sauteing goes - I saute until some of the juices start to cook off and it begins to thicken, usually about 2-3 minutes for me. :) Hope that helps!

Anne

Saturday 9th of March 2019

Eating this now and it is delicious!

Dana

Sunday 10th of March 2019

Hi Anne!

I'm so glad that you enjoy it!

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