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Instant Pot Pulled Pork - Whole30 + Paleo Recipe

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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Pulled pork is one of the staple foods we make a few times a month and eat leftovers for days on end. It’s affordable, easy and can be paired with basically any side at any time of the day. Making Instant Pot pulled pork is a super easy weekend prep dish for your weekly meal plan. This recipe uses a Carolina Style BBQ Sauce – aka vinegar based – and its zingy kick pairs so well with a creamy coleslaw, you’d think you were at a Ribfest!


The pork shoulder cooks for 65 minutes under high pressure in a braise of apple cider, apple cider vinegar and the secret ingredient for achieving Ribfest smoke in your Instant Pot, the natural liquid hickory smoke. Shredding the pork is really simple, I use two forks to pull apart the pork easily into shreds, but if you need to bring in the big guns, there are ‘shredder claws’ you can purchase to really amp up the kitchen wolverine in you.

Most pulled pork recipes are drenched in a sweet thick sauce so  I wanted to prove that a healthier pulled pork is an option by using natural ketchup like Tessemaes (or homemade!) paired with vinegar and spices to make a flavourful Carolina style pulled pork without all the sugar. If a thicker saucier pulled pork is more your style, try one of the many paleo BBQ sauces available, like the WellBee’s BBQ Sauce,  Honey Bunny Amazing Dad’s BBQ Sauce or Tessemaes All Natural Organic Matty’s BBQ Sauce.


It’s likely you will have leftover pulled pork, so it’s good to meal prep sides that also keep well in the fridge. Creamy coleslaw is a classic pairing with pulled pork and I’d also recommend my Potato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette because it easily lasts for days as leftovers.

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Instant Pot Pulled Pork - Whole30 + Paleo Recipe
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Rating: 5
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 65 minutes
Passive Time 65 minutes
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Ingredients
Dry Rub
Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 65 minutes
Passive Time 65 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Dry Rub
Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sauce
Instant Pot Pulled Pork - Whole30 + Paleo Recipe
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Cut pork into two or three pieces to fit into your Instant Pot. Prepare the dry rub in a small bowl and rub on all sides of the pork. Add liquid smoke, apple cider and apple cider vinegar to the Instant Pot and place pork in the liquid.
  2. Cook on High Pressure for 65 minutes or until pork pulls easily apart.
  3. While pork is cooking make the Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sauce by combining all the ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat. Once at a simmer, turn down to low until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Set aside until pork is fully cooked.
  4. Once pork is fully cooked, quick release the Instant Pot and pull the large pieces of pork out and into a medium sized bowl. Discard the fatty cooking liquid. Using two forks, shred all the pork. Place back into the Instant Pot bowl, add sauce and fully coat all the shredded pork. Taste for seasoning and add kosher salt, if needed.
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25 comments

  1. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says:

    So yummy!!! My husband loves pulled pork, it’s one of his favorites and I love how easy this is to make in the IP!

  2. Judy Purcell says:

    Really appreciate the recommendations for healthier bbq sauces, sometimes I don’t have time to make my own and it’s handy to know which brands to look for. Your homemade sauce recipe sounds great too!

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