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Instant Pot Sweet and Sticky Pulled Pork Recipe

Instant Pot sweet and sticky pulled pork will make for the best budget-friendly dinner recipe this summer.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Natural Release20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget-friendly dinner recipe, Instant pot pork recipe, Sticky pulled pork recipe, Sweet bbq pork recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 456kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Forks or Hand Mixer
  • Serving Spoon


  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast
  • ½ cup chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • cups apricot preserves
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ounce dry onion soup mix (1 packet)
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 8 hamburger buns


  • Place pork shoulder roast in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Pour 1/2 cup chicken broth (or water) in with the roast.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine bbq sauce, apricot preserves, dry onion soup mix, Dijon mustard, and soy sauce.
  • Pour sauce on top of roast.
  • Place the lid on top of the Instant Pot and move the valve to SEALING. Press the MANUAL (PRESSURE COOK) button and set timer for 60 minutes (or 20 minutes per pound, depending on the size of your roast).
  • When the timer is done, let the pressure do a NATURAL RELEASE (it will take at least 20 minutes, but I even prefer to let the roast sit in there for a couple hours to make sure it is super tender).
  • Remove the lid and shred the roast with 2 forks.
  • Place the shredded meat back into the sauce and mix together so that all of the meat is covered.
  • Place meat on hamburger buns or rolls and serve.


  • We have used both a pork loin roast and a pork shoulder. The pork shoulder tends to have more fat, making it more juicy and tender.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1058mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg