Instant Pot Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This simple Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe is so easy to throw together but tastes like something you would order from a BBQ restaurant. The bbq pulled pork seriously falls apart when it's done cooking.

I love easy dinner recipes I can throw it in my Instant Pot and this is one of my all-time favorites. The combination of the savory and sweet coming together for a hearty meal is AMAZING!

There are so many recipes for pulled pork out on the internet, but this one really is one of the best. Instant Pot pulled pork is easy and delicious. If you are nervous to add the liquid smoke, DON’T BE! It has so much flavor just in that little bottle.

Pulled pork RECIPE for a crowd

A common question people ask, is how much pulled pork will serve a crowd.

From our research and understanding, we have found that you should expect to prepare a half pound of meat per person. The meat shrinks as it cooks and the fat also cooks off the meat, so there is a lot of shrinkage.

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Why You should make pulled pork in the instant pot

I love my slow cooker, but I have only used it a handful of times since I’ve gotten my Instant Pot.

If you have an Instant Pot, this is one of the easiest recipes you can make in it. It is what I like to call, a dump and go recipe. You throw everything in, set it and walk away.

How to Make pulled pork In Instant Pot

Converting this crock pot pulled pork Recipe into an Instant Pot Recipe isn’t that difficult. Here are the things that you are going to do differently:

  • Follow the exact directions as you would on the slow cooker recipe, but before you close the lid, add 1/2 cup of water or broth. This allows for steam to happen so the meat doesn’t dry out.
  • Close the lid, set it to sealing, then push manual. Set your timer for 30 minutes.
  • When the time is up, let it release on its own and then shred your pork and serve on your rolls.
  • Don’t rush it. Let it finish doing it’s thing and I promise you will get the best results.

If you want more help converting this recipe into an instant pot recipe, check out our YouTube channel and the video below! Subscribe to our channel here!

how to make pulled pork in the slow cooker. Low and slow is the way to go.

All good things take time… this includes slow cooking your pork. That’s why crock pot pulled pork is so good!

The key thing to remember when working with meat are the words: low and slow. Be patient with your meat and let it cook on low for a longer amount of time.

This will keep your meat from drying out and/or burning. The longer you have to cook this meat at a low temperature, the better when cooking it in the slow cooker. Find the slow cooker recipe HERE

How to shred pulled pork

When the bbq pulled pork is finished cooking in the slow cooker, move the meat to a large mixing bowl. You can shred it the following ways:

Side Dishes That Go With A Pulled Pork Sandwich

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad
Caprese Salad
Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

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Instant Pot Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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  • 3-4 pound pork roast
  • 3 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup liquid smoke
  • 1 jar barbecue sauce, any variety
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Plug in Instant Pot and turn on.
  2. Add pork roast to bottom of Instant Pot, then add paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, liquid smoke, barbeque sauce, and water.
  3. Twist lid on and turn lid knob to “sealing” not “venting.”
  4. Click “Manual” and set timer for 60 minutes.
  5. Let release for at least 10 minutes, then remove lid.
  6. If pork is too tough to shred, twist lid back on and cook longer as needed.
  7. Pick roast up with forks, shred, and serve on buns.
  8. Slow cooker:
  9. Add ingredients to slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours. (You do not need to add ½ cup water to the slow cooker.)


gluten free
dairy free
egg free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



2362 cal


116 g


23 g


295 g
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9 Responses to “Instant Pot Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches”

  1. Ashley R
    NOT HAPPY. Ruined my piece of meat trying to use this recipe. Over 2 hours later and my pork never got tender. It turned to rubber. It's the same brand and cut (loin) I have used on pulled pork in the past. I don't reccomend cooking pulled pork in the pressure cooker ever. Stick to a slow cooker. I ordered pizza at 8:30 pm after finally giving up and throwing everything away.

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