I love easy dinner recipes I can throw it in my Instant Pot and this Smokey BBQ Pulled Pork 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 should you 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 Smoky BBQ pulled pork in the 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.
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How to make BBQ 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 Smoky BBQ 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:
- Using two forks
- Using your fingers
- Using Bear Claws
- Using an electric mixer or Kitchen Aid
Side Dishes That Go With A Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich:
Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad
Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad
Check out our other BBQ pulled pork recipes:
- Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork
- BBQ Pulled Pork to Feed Over 50 People
- BBQ Bacon Pulled Pork
- Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Coleslaw
- Instant Pot Sweet and Sticky Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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How to turn this into a freezer meal:
Place roast, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, liquid smoke, and BBQ sauce into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Place freezer bag into freezer and it will last up to 60 days.
When ready to use, dump ingredients from bag into Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup of beef broth or water in with the frozen food.
Place the lid on top, move the valve to SEALING, and press the MANUAL button. Set timer for 90-100 minutes (or about 30 minutes per pound of your roast).
Do a NATURAL RELEASE when the timer is done – I even like to let it sit in the Instant Pot for a few hours so that it falls apart so easily. Follow the rest of the instructions as written.
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Instant Pot Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe
- 3 pounds pork roast
- 3 Tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅓ cup liquid smoke
- 18 ounces BBQ Sauce one bottle, any variety
- ½ cup water
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- Plug in Instant Pot and turn on.
- Add pork roast to bottom of Instant Pot, then add paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, liquid smoke, barbeque sauce, and water.
- Twist lid on and turn lid knob to “sealing” not “venting.”
- Click “Manual” and set timer for 60 minutes.
- Let release for at least 10 minutes, then remove lid.
- If pork is too tough to shred, twist lid back on and cook longer as needed.
- Pick roast up with forks, shred, and serve on buns.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- 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.)
- Add 1/2 cup of water or broth right before you close the lid. This allows for steam to happen so the meat doesn’t dry out.
How to turn this into a freezer meal:Place roast, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, liquid smoke, and BBQ sauce into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Place freezer bag into freezer and it will last up to 60 days. When ready to use, dump ingredients from bag into Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup of beef broth or water in with the frozen food. Place the lid on top, move the valve to SEALING, and press the MANUAL button. Set timer for 90-100 minutes (or about 30 minutes per pound of your roast). Do a NATURAL RELEASE when the timer is done – I even like to let it sit in the Instant Pot for a few hours so that it falls apart so easily. Follow the rest of the instructions as written.
- Instant Pot
- Bear Claws
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