Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork and BBQ Sauce

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork and BBQ Sauce

Dave Palmer
The EASIEST and BEST pulled pork you will ever make in a pressure cooker… You won’t be disappointed!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 185 kcal


  • 4 lbs pork shoulder AKA: boston butt
  • garlic salt
  • black pepper
  • cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • chipotle powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large yellow onion quarter and sliced
  • 4 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 8 oz tomato paste


  • Remove the fat cap from the pork shoulder, then shake on and rub in however much you prefer of garlic salt, black pepper, cumin, smoked paprika (use a lot of it for a smoky flavor), and chipotle powder (use sparingly unless you like it spicy). Be sure to coat the whole pork shoulder... then let it sit at room temperature for 30 mins to dry brine. You can also dry brine in the refrigerator if you need to hold it longer before you cook.
  • Set your pressure cooker to the sauté setting, and add your oil. When it is hot, sear every side of the meat. This simulates the crust you would get if you smoked it. It's not the same, but it's adds to the texture. Once you complete the sear, set the meat aside for a moment.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the pot and deglaze with a spatula, scraping up all the brown bits. Then add onions and tomatoes to the liquid and place the seared pork on top of them. Lock down the lid and set the pressure cooker for 1 hour on high pressure.
  • Once it's finished, release the pressure, and set the pork aside to rest.
  • Now we are going to make the BBQ sauce. Set the pressure cooker back on sauté to keep the heat going in the liquid and veggies left behind. Dissolve the cornstarch in water and add to the mixture. Add mustard and tomato paste, and use an immersion blender to make a smooth sauce. If it's too thin, you may need to cook it a little longer stirring regularly.
  • Pull your pork with two forks or your favorite shredding device. Serve it up hot and fresh, slathered in BBQ sauce!


Serving: 0.25lbCalories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 19gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 263mgPotassium: 574mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 469IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg
Keyword barbeque, bbq, pressure cooker, pulled pork, southern
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AboutDave Palmer

Chef Dave Palmer was born in the Southeastern United States (AL), moved to Atlanta, GA as a kid, and rural Florida as an adult. After a successful six year run as owner/operator chef of Dave's Cafe & Gifts, his focus has shifted home to raise his four kids. Feeding them healthy whole foods, less processed junk, and sharing his kitchen creations so other can do the same have become his mantra. Let's get cooking!

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