Four Ingredient Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Sisters Under Pressure Instant Pot Pulled Pork
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I am a very busy person. I am an orchestra teacher by day, and a whatever I can get my hands into person by night. Be it dance lessons with my husband, playing with my dogs Treble and Mozart, running/walking with the Hogwarts Running Club, playing with essential oils, cleaning, dancing to Hamilton, or playing with my Instant Pot – there just never seem to be enough hours in the day. This is why Instant Pot Pulled Pork is one of my favorite recipes! I used to make this in my crock pot, but it would take EIGHT HOURS on the low setting. I could get away with four on high, but it was never the same.

The Notes

I’ve made this recipe on several occasions, and it’s also my goto for get togethers. I made two packs of 2lb boneless country ribs this past summer for my birthday, and it easily fed 8 people. We had SO much left over!

This recipe will leave a scent on the silicone sealing ring, so I use my “savory” one. I rotate two rings – one is for savory dishes, and one for sweet ones like cheesecake.

I have tried making this recipe with various times – 45 minutes and 60 minutes primarily. I’ve also tried it with at QR (quick release). QR is usually a bad move with meat, but I did that back in the day when I was an Instant Pot newbie (gotta learn somehow!! 🙂 ). Using a QR with most meats will generally produce a tough finished dish because the pressure releases rapidly and sucks all of the goodliness out of the meat – ick, blech, ain’t nobody got time for that! Part of the reason I use my Instant Pot so much is that meats are tender, moist, and absolutely delicious! Regarding the times – 60 minutes was okay, but 90 was definitely super duper fork tender and amazingly pull-apart-able. I come home from work anywhere between 3:30 and 4:30 depending on the day, so this is perfect for me. This recipe is also easy enough for my husband to toss everything together before I get home – winning!


The photo below also shows that I did a 52 minute natural release. It does NOT take 52 minutes. I was just ummm…. well… my husband and I left the house to play Pokémon Go for a little bit (it’s become a guilty pleasure). But when we got back we had a delicious dinner. The only thing that would have been better would have been if Treble and Mozart could have had it ready on the table for us!

The Recipe

Sister Under Pressure Instant Pot Pulled Pork


Four Ingredient Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours


  • 2lb pork shoulder
  • 3-4 slices of uncooked bacon
  • 8 oz Not Your Father's Root Beer (non-alcoholic Root Beer could also be used)
  • 1 cup Barbeque Sauce (more or less to taste)
  • Toasted hamburger buns (optional)


  1. Place pork in the Instant Pot insert.
  2. Lay 3-4 slices of uncooked bacon over the pork.
  3. Add approximately half a bottle of Not Your Father's Root Beer, or 8 oz of non-alcoholic root beer to the insert.
  4. Lock the lid, move valve to "sealing," select "Manual," and adjust time to 90 minutes.
  5. When finished, use a natural release (NR) to allow the pressure to come down on its own.
  6. After the pin has dropped (pressure has fully released), drain the pork and shred with a fork.
  7. Add your favorite barbeque sauce, and enjoy on a toasted hamburger bun, or dig right in!


Time to come up to pressure was only 7 minutes. A natural release should be anywhere from 10 minutes - 20 minutes which is factored into the total time.

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    • Hi Sandy! I think that would be delicious! 🙂 For chicken breasts – 20 minutes on high pressure with a natural release should make them shreddable, unless they are super thick (then try 25 minutes).

  1. This is absolutely delicious! I could not find a small pork shoulder so I used a boneless Boston butt roast. Also, for the root beer, I ended up using a store brand, because I did not want a soda made with high fructose corn syrup so I used the store brand that was made with sugar. Super easy and so delicious! Will probably make it often, and freeze in single portions for a super quick sandwich. Thank you!

    • Hi Miranda! I don’t like root beer at all – it can’t be tasted in this recipe (I even just confirmed with my husband 🙂 ). You could likely replace it with any carbonated pop/soda (coke, Dr. Pepper, etc). Let us know how it turns out 🙂

  2. When I make pulled pork, I will add about 1 tsp to 1 tbsp liquid smoke to the IP along with the other ingredients. A sliced onion also is nice in the bottom of the pot (sauteed of course)!

    • Hi Doug! I just did pork this week with the liquid smoke – what a great tip!!!!! I didn’t cook it long enough to make pulled pork, but we had some great boneless country ribs instead! 🙂

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