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pressure cooked pulled pork and onions on a cream oval plate

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is one of the easiest and most versatile meats. Make this pressure cooker pulled pork into a pulled pork sandwich with rainbow coleslaw and pineapple to make a truly delicious summer entertaining meal. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Author Rebecca


  • Instant Pot
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • tongs


  • cooking spray
  • 2-3 pounds pork shoulder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ whole white onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water


  • Cut a 2 lb pork shoulder into 2-3 pieces. Spray bottom of Instant Pot bowl with cooking spray. Place pork pieces in pressure cooker bowl, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add ½ whole white onion (ends chopped off) and 2 cloves of garlic then add 1 cup of water to bowl.
  • Cover with lid, and set to MEAT/STEW setting and set timer to 40 minutes
  • When timer goes off, open valve to quick release steam. Once steam is done releasing, open lid.
  • Transfer meat to a bowl to shred. You can turn the Instant Pot back onto SAUTEE to reduce the sauce, and add to shredded meat.
  • Refrigerate meat or add to a dish to eat immediately.


  • Wipe oil around pressure cooker bowl if you don't use cooking spray.
  • Don't brown meat before cooking. I've tried it both ways and didn't notice a difference in the final product.
  • Check doneness of meat by shredding with a fork. If meat breaks apart easily, it's done, if not. Reseal lid and cook for another 10+ minutes.