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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4.41 from 32 votes
8 - 12 servings
4 Ingredient Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

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!

Calories: 476 kcal
  • 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
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Once cooked, let naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure.

  4. 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.

Recipe Notes

Prep time includes time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure and release the pressure.

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40 comments on “Instant Pot Pulled Pork (4 ingredients)”

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

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

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. I would eat this as a meal itself!

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

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

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

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

  14. What coleslaw recipe are you using?

  15. 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…

  16. LOVED IT!!!!

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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!

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

  23. 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!

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

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

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

  27. 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 🙂

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

  29. Such an easy recipe, and SO delicious!