Instant Pot Pulled Pork (4 ingredients)

The most incredibly tender Instant Pot Pulled Pork, made with just 4 simple ingredients! Plus meal hacks to show you how to make it once, eat it 3+ times throughout the week!

Perfect for those summer BBQ’s or a casual weekday dinner, this pulled pork recipe is made with just 4 ingredients, and is ready in about an hour, instead of taking all day in the slow cooker!

This post is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council. All opinions are my own.

The most incredibly tender pulled pork, made easily in an hour in the Instant Pot!  With just 4 ingredients, it's perfect to throw together for dinner with minimal effort!

Here in Ohio the weather is starting to warm up, and I’m trying not to get my hopes up (it is Ohio after all – we regularly get snow in March)… but it’s so hard!  As soon as the temperatures rise and the sun comes out, all I can think about is my favorite food-time of year… cookout season!

Do you call them cookouts?  BBQ’s?  Whatever you call them, you know they are so fun.  All that great outdoor party food like macaroni/pasta salad, baked beans, strawberry pie, and of course, pulled pork!

Shredded pulled pork recipe in instant pot

Up until this year, I always made slow cooker pulled pork, which takes about 8 hours, depending on the size and cut of your pork.  But I recently picked up an Instant Pot and am blown away by how easy, and quick, it is to make pulled pork now!

Despite the name… it’s not “instant”, and you do have to wait for it to come up to pressure, and release the pressure after cooking, but it’s still a good 6.5 hours quicker than a slow cooker.

Bowl of instant pot pulled pork


You can use a pork shoulder, pork butt, or pork loin.  Loin is readily available in my grocery store, and usually at a pretty good price!   I buy them when they’re on sale, then freeze them.


Yep!  When you have some left over (and aren’t using my meal hacks detailed later in the post), portion it out into plastic freezer bags.  To reheat, I like to set the frozen bags in the refrigerator overnight, then take the meat out of the bag, wrap in foil and reheat in a 225 F degree oven until hot.

Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw


That’s the quintessential question… especially for a party!  A good rule of thumb is 6 oz of cooked pulled pork per person (which can go up or down depending on the person’s appetite, but 6 oz is average).  Notice I said “cooked pulled pork per person”, not pork.  As you cook pork (or any meat), it loses weight as the water is released and cooked away.  Basically you want to double the amount of cooked pork, and that’s how much raw pork you need.  Also, know your guests… 10 hungry adults or athletes are going to eat more than 10 kids 🙂

So for a party of 10 people, 10 people x 6 oz = 60 oz of cooked pulled pork.  60 oz x 2 = 120 oz of raw pork meat.  So you’d need to pick up 7 1/2 lbs of pork loin/shoulder/butt for your party.  Make sense?

Pulled pork on baked potato


I LOVE to make a big batch of pulled pork, then either meal prep or use the leftovers to make different dinners all week long.  I call them “meal hacks”, and they’re super fun to whip up!

Here are some of my favorite ideas:

  • Top a baked potato with a pat of butter and bbq pulled pork to have pulled pork potatoes!
  • Char some tortillas, add pulled pork and some slaw to have pulled pork tacos!
  • Jazz up breakfast by scrambling some eggs, adding pulled pork and cheese!
  • Add some pulled pork to macaroni and cheese (or get crazy and make these fried Mac and cheese bites with pulled pork!)
  • Top a burger with pulled pork… the sky is the limit!

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I know it may seem weird… but trust me on this one.  The meat doesn’t taste like pop or soda at all, I promise.  The reason I like to use it is it contains great caramelized sugar flavors, and it has acidity which is great for flavor balance and keeps the meat nice and tender.  The chipotles I think add a nice kick, and the smokiness is fabulous with anything “pulled”, like pulled pork, pulled beef, or pulled chicken.

I REALLY hope you give this awesome Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe a try soon!


  • Instant Pot – I have this one and I LOVE it!  I can’t wait to share more Instant Pot recipes with you all, so grab one today.
  • Chipotles in adobo sauce – This is the brand I usually buy.

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4 Ingredient Instant Pot Pulled Pork

The most incredibly tender Instant Pot Pulled Pork, made with just 4 simple ingredients! Plus meal hacks to show you how to make it once, eat it 3+ times throughout the week!
4.2 from 104 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 8 - 12 servings
Calories 476


  • 4 lb boneless pork loin or boneless pork shoulder/butt
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 12 oz Dr Pepper soda
  • your favorite bbq sauce


  • Slice pork into 4 pieces and season with salt and pepper.  Place pork in instant pot insert and top with minced chipotle peppers.  Pour Dr Pepper around the pork.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and seal.  Press manual and set for 45 minutes.  Instant Pot will start counting down once it comes up to pressure, which is usually 15 minutes or so.
  • Once cooked, let naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully remove pork to a large mixing bowl (it will be so tender it may start to fall apart during the transfer).  Shred using two forks and add bbq sauce to your tastes.



Prep time includes time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure and release the pressure.
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110 comments on “Instant Pot Pulled Pork (4 ingredients)”

  1. This recipe is SO GOOD! I added a bit of smoked paprika and garlic powder to the pork loins before putting them in the pot, but they hardly made a difference given the delicious flavor of the unchanged recipe. My fiancé and I have been chowing down on the leftovers for 2 days now and we’re not even close to tired of it! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Great recipe! Thanks!

  3. I had 8 ibs of pork butt then slow cooked8hrs in pressure cooker meat came out soggy ??

  4. I’d like to add kidney beans. How much water would I need to add for a pound of dry beans?  If you haven’t tried it, what would you guess?

  5. I have a 2.25 pound pork shoulder roast boneless how long would I cook it for in instant pot?

  6. All I can say is YUM!!!! So easy and delish This is was the first thing I made with my instant pot and really helped me realize that it was a great tool. Thanks for this great recipe. Absolutely my 4th of July go to

  7. This is amazing!! My husband usually helps me with the Instant Pot, but he’s gonna be late tomorrow night and the instant pot kind of freaks me out could I do it in the crockpot instead? 

  8. Omg! I’m from the Memphis area and this weekend it’s Memphis in May bbq so I tried this recipe! I’m telling you it’s incredibly moist and Felicia and so easy! Thanks for helping me to avoid madness!!

  9. I have a 9 lb pork shoulder (butt), bone-in. I plan to cut it into some smaller pieces and remove the bone. Should i add 2 cans of dr. Pepper instead?

    I have an 8 qt. Instant pot.

  10. Yikes! I only have Diet Dr. Pepper…do you think it would really make a difference?

  11. I added 1 tsp paprika & 1 tablespoon minced garlic! I’m super excited for it to finish cooking!

  12. This was the best pulled pork recipe I’ve found. My husband loved it, my son loved it. Absolutely delicious!! I put mine on a baked potato with a little coleslaw and it was soooo good.

  13. This. Is a keeper!!  I. Made this last night and it was a fabulous hit for my husband and friends.  There was no Dr. Pepper on hand so I used a 50/50 mix of spiced apple cider and water with a tsp of liquid smoke.  I’ll up the liquid smoke next time.  Oh, and I saved the balance of the cooking liquid, defatted it this morning and will add it to my chicken chili today.  

  14. Attempting this this today…ive never used carbonated liquid in my pot… Very nervous!! Fingers crossed it comes out well. We love pulled pork!! It’s the only reason I’ve been holding onto my crockpot

  15. How much water do you put in the Instant pot to cook the pork? I am new to instant pot so i am not quite sure how much water to put for everything. Thanks! 

  16. Hi there! Was this made in a 6 or 8  instant pot? I’m using a 6 and just curious if I need to adjust anything. Thanks! 

  17. Is this low or high pressure? I don’t have the “manual” setting on my instant pot. I’m new to instant pot so maybe i’m missing something.

  18. If the pork butt s frozen how long do you cook it

    • I haven’t tested this recipe with frozen pork, so I can’t say for certain.

    • Cook it for 65-70 minutes on high pressure. Let it release on it’s own. I once took a whole chicken straight out of the freezer, pulled the plastic wrap off of it and cooked it for 65 minutes and it was fall off the bone, so I would bet the pork would be the same, Especially if it’s a loin as it’s more tender than a shoulder or butt (I think anyway). You could always try that time and if it’s not enough, pop the lid back on for another 15 minutes. I’ve done that before for a roast.

  19. Can I use hatch peppers instead of chipotle? 

  20. Made these tonight and they were so delicious, my husband loved them and so did my picky children! 

  21. Im fairly sure dr pepper has more than 4 ingredients.

    • Clearly… but Dr. Pepper is ONE of the ingredients used here.

    • I’m fairly sure I’ve never seen a recipe that listed all the ingredients of all the prepared ingredients. Mustard is ONE ingredient, not Vinegar, Water, #1 Grade Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric, Paprika, Spice, Natural Flavors and Garlic Powder. There’s no pleasing some people ha

  22. This is the best. I’m Going to try 1T of liquid smoke next time.

  23. Made this with a bone in pork picnic shoulder for 60 mins on high, and it is super delicious and tender. So easy to do, thanks!

  24. Would ginger ale work?

  25. If I double this recipe, how do I adjust the time?

  26. Can I use a bone-in pork shoulder?

  27. I’m planning to give your recipe a try to make pulled pork sliders for a party of 16 people. I’m going to use about 7 pounds of pork loin. Do I need to increase the cooking time? Thanks, your recipe sounds great!

    • I’ve never tested it with that much pork, so I can’t say for certain. I’d cook it as directed and see if it easily shreds. If it does, it’s perfect. If it’s still tough, you’ll need to cook it a little longer 🙂

  28. Love this recipe; pork is usually dry and tasteless but this is wonderful and so full of flavor. I have a mini instant pot so I use a 2 pound pork loin and it is perfect for the two of us. Thanks for a great recipe.

  29. How bad is the clean up with all that sugar from the DP?

  30. Is this meant for pork tenderloin? I have a pork loin, will it work? Most pulled pork recipes I see use pork butt…

  31. Can you use coke if you don’t like Dr pepper?

  32. Hello 👋🏻 

    I am very eager to try this recipe but I only have a 2.6 lb pork shoulder blade roast instead of 4 lbs. Will this still work with the recipe ? Thank you ! 

  33. This was not tender (couldn’t pull apart) for a 3 lb pork loin after 45 minutes. I put it back in set for 20 min. Still not tender. I’m new to instant pot, what’s wrong? I cook pork loin in my crock pot and it turns out great. Any help is appreciated. 

    • Was your pork loin boneless? Did you let it naturally fully come up to pressure beforehand? Did you do a natural release for the full 15 minutes after cooking? It’s so hard to say exactly what went wrong, as there are so many variables :/

    • Pork loin only takes 35 min in the oven…i think you may have overcooked it being this is a pressure cooker … especially a pork loin that very little fat on it

  34. made this as my first Instapot recipe and used a tenderloin- omg it was amazing! Fork tender in 44 minutes and tasty but not overly spicy! Thank you!!

  35. Can’t wait to try this recipe! It sounds amazing. Could pork tenderloin be used instead?

  36. Such an easy recipe, and SO delicious!  

  37. This looks great. Would Coca Cola work as well as Dr. Pepper? It’s what I have on hand.

  38. This recipe is great! Kids love it. Just wondering what brand of peppers in adobo sauce you use? We got embasa brand and it actually had a meal worm in it! Gross! Also, I noticed other pulled pork recipes cook for 60-90 minutes with a 10 natural release. Is there a reason this recipe cooks much faster? Not complaining because ours has turned out fine every time, was just sort of wondering if you knew! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Hi Desi 🙂 I’m so glad the kids love it!! I usually buy San Marcos brand chipotles in adobo sauce (it has a blue label). Oh no, a mealworm?!! Yikes! This one cooks faster since a lot of people are using the boneless pork loin which is leaner than a fatty shoulder 🙂

  39. This looks so good! Can’t wait to try it tonight for game night.

  40. Made this today. It was a hit….put 3 chipotle peppers in it and it had a bit of heat. Thanks for the recipe.

  41. I was wondering when you said 1-2chipotile peppers in adobo sauce…..was cans or just 1-2 peppers out if the can?

  42. Omg. I just made this and it was incredibly good. Simple and tasty. Thank you for this recipe. I just got my instant pot and wanted to test it out with pulled pork. I found your recipe and it is now my family’s favorite! Thank you!

  43. can this be doubled? will the timing remain the same?

  44. Made this for my daughters birthday. I backed off the peppers because we didn’t want it too spicy for the little kids in attendance, but I may have been too conservative. Will make it again and stick closer to the amount suggested. anyway it was a HUGE hit. People like it better than the other option we had from a local BBQ place. I added a half bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s gold/mustard based sauce at the end and WOW! Love this recipe. Thanks!

  45. Do you use a trivet to put the pork roast on?  How many ounces of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce do you use?

    • Hi Susie 🙂 I don’t use a trivet, and the entire can is about 7 oz, but I only add 1 or two of the peppers inside (they’re pretty big, and also pretty spicy). Feel free to adjust that amount to your tastes though 🙂

  46. Can I just tell you this is THE best pulled pork I have ever eaten?!?! Even all 4 of our kids loved it! Do you even know how hard it is to please yourself, hubby and ALL 4 kids?? Our 17 year old boy ate 3 sandwiches! Sooo easy and soooooooo good! I’m excited to see what else you have in your recipe book! Consider me a fan!

  47. This was ❤️AMAZING.  So easy.  Delicious.  This is the first recipe I used to teach my sister how to use her new Instant Pot.  Flawless – so she’s a fan now.  thank you for a beautiful recipe.

  48. Made this tonight! Omgoodness!! Absolutely delicious and so easy!! This is a new favorite at my house!!

  49. LOVED IT!!!!

  50. Have you every tried making this starting with your port frozen? One of the things I love about my instant pot is not having to remember to defrost meat – because I’m the worst at that. But I haven’t done it with a pork roast so I don’t know how that would affect the time…

  51. What coleslaw recipe are you using?

  52. Love that this is so easy to make! And I love using chipotle in adobo! Mmmm!

  53. This looks so good! I want it today! And and instant pot can make that happen!

  54. I absolutely love this!! I can’t wait to make it for my family!!

  55. I can’t believe how simple this is.

  56. I would eat this as a meal itself!

  57. Wow this looks so good and I love using my IP!

  58. I love easy dinner recipes with just a few ingredients. This instant pot pulled pork looks absolutely delicious!

  59. I don’t have an Instant Pot….BUT…I do have a pressure cooker. I LOVE pulled pork….and YES you can eat this throughout the week….yum….I am counting the ways right now.

  60. This looks and sounds insanely good. I just got an Instant Pot a couple of weeks ago and it literally has not cooled down since, can’t wait to try this, just need to grab some Dr Pepper!

  61. This looks amazing…wish I had an instant pot now!

  62. Oh, yum! I am really loving the idea of making this so quickly and having a huge batch. Love the idea of using it to top baked potatoes, too!

  63. Now this looks comforting! Glad to have one more Instant Pot recipe!

  64. I absolutely love pulled pork but have never made it in the Instant Pot, can’t wait to try it next time!