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25 January 2016

Need pulled pork in a hurry? Here is a recipe to make super juicy, highly seasoned pulled pork in only a fraction of the time it takes with your slow cooker. We’re using our pressure cooker.

Game day quickly approaches! Are you hosting the big party? Got your menu figured out yet? If you’re the one hosting the big bash, this can be a stressful time of year. So busy busy! We’re crazy busy all the time, and if you’re like us, you might be on the lookout for ways to save a bit of time in the kitchen.


I love my pressure cooker. Talk about great food in a snap. OK, maybe not SNAP, but the pressure cooker will seriously reduce the time it takes to cook certain meals. I recently made Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings and wow! They were extremely tasty and very easy to crisp right up.

Since the chicken wings came out so stellar, I had to give pork shoulder a GO with the pressure cooker, and dang! I’m glad I did it. I usually cook pork shoulder LOW and SLOW, specifically in the crock pot, but maybe you don’t have all day to wait, or maybe you just don’t WANT to wait.

Maybe you’re like me and one day you think, “Hey! I want some pulled pork sandwiches! And I want them NOW!” This recipe will work for you.

You can use your pressure cooker to cook pork shoulder for pulled pork in 60 minutes. Take a look at how juicy it turned out.

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

You’re free to use your favorite recipe. Just do it in the pressure cooker. You still want to rub down the meat with your best seasonings. I used a blend of ancho powder, cumin, Mexican oregano, paprika, cayenne and garlic powder, but realistically, ANY rub will do. Cajun seasonings would be OUTSTANDING here.

Certainly a fave in our house. Add in water for your moisture, but you can also use chicken stock or even beer. I often use a Mexican style lager and love how that turns out.

Once you have the pork shoulder ready, shred it up with forks as you would normally do. Serve this with tortillas and fixings for pork tacos, or with buns, sauce and cheese for pulled pork sandwiches.

Barbecue style? Yes! Don’t forget the hot sauces! Everything benefits from a bit of hot sauce on the side.

See our Hot Sauce Recipes for ideas.

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Don’t have a pressure cooker? Here is a link below to the one I use. It’s electric and works GREAT for me. It’s a sponsored link, btw. Just so you know! But it is highly recommended by me! Thank me later. =) Enjoy!

Cuisinart CPC-600AMZ 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, Brushed Stainless and Matte Black

Try Some of These Recipes with Your Pulled Pork

Try Some of My Other Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 3 votes
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Use a pressure cooker to produce juicy, highly flavored pulled pork in a fraction of the time with this recipe. Need pulled pork in a hurry? Here is a recipe to make super juicy, highly seasoned pulled pork in only a fraction of the time it takes with your slow cooker. We're using our pressure cooker.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork, spicy
Servings: 8
Calories: 117 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder
  • Dry rub seasonings I used a mixture of ancho powder cumin, Mexican oregano, paprika, cayenne and garlic powder.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of water
  1. Pat dry your pork shoulder and cut it into four large chunks about a half pound each.
  2. Rub them down with your seasonings.
  3. Heat a cast iron pan to medium heat and add olive oil. Sear each side of the pork shoulder, about 5-6 minutes or so.
  4. Set them into the pressure cooker and add water. Pressure cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. Release steam.
  5. Shred the tender shoulder with forks and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 235mg7%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 5 stars
    trying to find a good recipe for steak fajitas in the instant pot. I am using london broil for the meat and only want to cook the meat in teh pot. Should I slice the meat before I cook it or can I sear it and cook it whole and then slice it when its done? Also, I have it marinated in a fajita marinade so how much water would I add to teh pot? Thanks so much!!

    REPLY: Paula, yes, you should cut and season the meat, then brown it in the cooker first. You only need maybe a half cup of liquid or so, perhaps a bit more. Let me know how it turns out for you. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  2. 5 stars
    So I have always bought a sauce packet that I always added to the crockpot with the meat in the beginning. Nothing else was supposed to be added. Trying to switch this to a pressure cooker that I got for Christmas. How would that work?!? Or are the sauce packets not gonna work with the pressure cooker?? I’ve made 2 meals so far and one was good and the other was a major fail!! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but everyone is raving about their pressure cookers. I tried potato soup that turned out good. Then tried ribs that were HORRIBLE!! Followed the recipe online exactly and they were supposed to be fall of the bone tender. They were hard as rocks and I had to pitch it all!! ? We can’t afford to keep waisting food trying to figure this out!! Please help!! I usually cook 2-3lbs of pork and use Campbell’s slow cooker Apple bourbon pulled pork sauce!

    REPLY: Teresa, so sorry to hear. You CAN use your sauce packet, but you’ll need to also make sure you use enough liquid in the pot, as that is what helps build the pressure within and cook the food. Maybe you can cook the food in the pressure cooker with enough liquid, then finish it off by draining the liquid and heating the food (ribs or pulled pork) in a pan with your sauce. I just made both pulled pork and ribs and they turned out great for me. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  3. Kirk Doherty

    5 stars
    Can frozen pork cushion meat be used as a substitute for pork butt?

    REPLY: Kirk, yes, you surely can. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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