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Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Tender and juicy pulled pork is prepared in a fraction of the time by utilizing the convenience of your Instant Pot!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 1 minute
Time to reach pressure and NPR 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 26 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) Boston butt boneless pork roast
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups root beer or cola or Dr Pepper
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce adjust amount to your personal preference


  • Cut pork into 4 pieces (as evenly as possible).  Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour oil into your Instant Pot and set to saute. When the oil is heated, add 2 pieces of the pork and sear until browned on all sides, using tongs to turn (approximately 1 minute on each side). Transfer to a clean plate. Repeat with the remaining 2 pieces of pork.
  • Turn off the saute setting by pressing "cancel". Return the 2 pieces of pork on the plate to the Instant Pot, along with any juices.
  • Pour the root beer over the pork.
  • Place the lid on your pressure cooker and lock. Steam release knob should be on "sealing". Cook on manual setting (high pressure) for 45 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Using tongs, carefully transfer the pork to a large bowl. Shred using 2 forks. Remove and discard any fat while shredding.
  • Pour sauce over pork and toss to coat evenly using tongs.


  • Cook time includes browning pork and high pressure time.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days .
  • Once completely cooled, freeze in a resealable freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months (squeeze out excess air to help prevent freezer burn).
  • This recipe was tested using an Instant Pot 6 quart Duo.