This easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork recipe gives you tender BBQ pulled pork in half the time!
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So I have to ask, do any of you have a pressure cooker? I got one a year or two ago and I was all gung-ho about it for several months and then I ran out of recipes to try with it and eventually I put it away never to be look at again. It was a shame really because pressure cookers are pretty darn awesome for making quick versions of recipes that usually take hours, like this delicious Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork.
Pressure cookers are making a comeback right now and there are so many awesome recipes out there. I pulled mine back out of the cabinet and I’ve been using it weekly. For those of you who aren’t familiar with a pressure cooker it’s kind of a like a slow cooker on super fast forward. You put your ingredients in the pot, fasten the lid on tight, and wait. The pressure cooker heats up and the trapped steam increases the internal pressure and allows the temperature to rise. In a fraction of the time you have beautifully cooked recipes and you find yourself wondering why you don’t do this more often ;).
Pulled pork in a slow cooker usually takes about 4 hours, maybe more, but I made this pressure cooker pulled pork in an hour and a half. Pretty awesome right? Now, before we get to the recipe I want to start by saying I use an electric pressure cooker. In general these are a little less powerful than a stove top pressure cooker. An electric pressure cooker usually reaches about 9 PSI (pressure per square inch) on high and a stove top pressure cooker usually reaches about 15 PSI on high so the times I am going to give you are for an electric pressure cooker and you might want to adjust your times if you are using a stove top version. To make this pressure cooker pulled pork I cut a 2 lb pork shoulder in half and placed it in my slow cooker with onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, BBQ sauce, water and a little salt and pepper.
I cooked everything on high for 1 hour and then I did a natural release which means I let the pressure cooker cool until the pressure dissipated and I was able to open it. The meat was so tender and full of flavor!! I drained off the extra liquid and then shredded it right in the pot. Guys, I’m telling you it was good enough to eat right then but I did add a little more BBQ sauce because my gang loves saucy pulled pork!
Serve this with a little coleslaw on the side, or on a bun with coleslaw on top. I’ve even used it for awesome pulled pork sliders for game day! However you eat it I know you’re going to love it and you’re going to love how easy your pressure cooker makes it to get dinner on the table!
- 2 lbs Pork Shoulder
- 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp Mustard Powder
- 2 tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
- ½ c BBQ sauce + more sauce to taste
- ½ c Water
- Cut pork shoulder in half so you have two 1lb pieces.
- Mix all of the dry ingredients together and rub them on to the pork.
- Place pork into the pressure cooker and add BBQ sauce and water.
- Fasten the lid in place and cook on high for 1 hour.
- When the hour is up let the pressure cooker do a natural release (15 - 20 minutes).
- Remove the meat from the pressure cooker and shred the pork. Add more BBQ sauce to the meat if desired.