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Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Paleo Instant Pot Pulled Pork made with only a few simple ingredients! This easy recipe includes a recipe for paleo barbecue sauce, but you can easily use your favorite store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce of choice.

Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - a cleaner, refined sugar-free version of BBQ pulled pork made easily in the instant pot |


Instant Pot recipe #2 comin atcha! If you all checked out my Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki, you know I’m an Instant Pot newbie.

True to my addictive form, I dove right into the lovely world o’ Instant Pot and have been making up for lost time by preparing meal after meal in the thing.

I have even learned some Instant Pot dos and don’ts, which you probably already encountered 17,000 years ago. #progress.

At any rate, this Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork was an instant (buhdumching) favorite.

Of course, it was probably one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made so that factor in addition to it being completely mouth-wateringly tasty makes it a home run in my book.

Shall we talk BBQ sauce?

I should have qualified my aforementioned statement about this being easy with the fact that if you make your own BBQ sauce, this suddenly becomes not the easiest recipe to ever hit the ‘webs…however, using store-bought sauce is what makes it a cinch.

Because I have multiple thoughts, feelings, and opinions about my BBQ sauce, I prefer using homemade.  I included my go-to paleo-friendly BBQ sauce recipe in this post. It is very similar to the Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce recipe I posted several years ago. You can use your favorite homemade or store-bought Q. Paleo people: there are even purchase-able paleo options for BBQ sauce now, so there is that.

How to Make Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork:

1.) Acquire a 3 to 4-pound pork shoulder roast and chop it into cubes.

2.) Pour broth and BBQ sauce into the instant pot, add the pork cubes and stir. Set the Instant Pot to the high pressure cook setting and cook for 60 minutes.

3.) Once the Instant Pot naturally releases its pressure/steam (which takes about 10 minutes), you can open the lid and transfer the cubed pork to a cutting board.

Instant Pot BBQ Pork - how to make Paleo pulled pork in an Instant Pot

4.) Use two forks to shred the pork. The pork should be so tender that you can just mash it with a fork to shred it.

Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

5.) Place the shredded pork back into the Instant Pot and cover with the lid (the Instant Pot should be powered off or on the Keep Warm setting at this point) so that it absorbs the juices and becomes more flavorful. I usually allow the meat to sit for a minimum of 1 hour (preferably longer), but you can widdle this down to 10 minutes if necessary.

Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - a cleaner, refined sugar-free version of BBQ pulled pork made easily in the instant pot |

6.) When you’re ready, serve it up how you’d like!

Let’s talk serving options.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork SandwichYou can absolutely serve your BBQ pulled pork as a sandwich; however, BBQ pulled pork is AMAZING in bowls…of every kind. It’s awesome with rice, quinoa, roasted vegetables…heck, it’s even great on salads.

Use any leftovers to make BBQ Pulled Pork Enchiladas!

BBQ Pulled Pork Enchiladas

One of my go-to eating methods for this round of BBQ pulled pork was on top of spaghetti squash with fresh dill pickles and an additional drizzle of BBQ sauce.

Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - a cleaner, refined sugar-free version of BBQ pulled pork made easily in the instant pot |

The point is, you can get creative with your serving options.

This is how leftovers suddenly become interesting to those who like no repetition. This is how a single recipe can become a staple when it fits so easily into your diet and lifestyle.

If you’re familiar with the lovely world of slow cooking and Instant Potting, you already know this, but I thought it worth mentioning that this Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork is even better the next day (and days 3-7). It just soaks up so much flavor for that ultra YUM tender meat experience.

Now go get it!

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Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - a cleaner, refined sugar-free version of BBQ pulled pork made easily in the instant pot |

Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

The easiest barbecue pulled pork recipe made in the pressure cooker results in incredibly tender and flavorful shredded pork!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
8 to 10 servings


Paleo BBQ Sauce:

BBQ Pulled Pork

  • 1 4-pound pork shoulder roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups Paleo BBQ Sauce, recipe above
  • 1 tsp sea salt, to taste


Prepare the BBQ Sauce:

  • Add all ingredients except for the whiskey to a large saucepan. Whisk to combine and heat over medium. Bring to a full (but controlled) boil. Reduce the heat and allow sauce to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes, until thick.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and allow it to cool. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Transfer sauce to a sealable container and refrigerate until ready to use. Sauce will keep for up to 3 weeks.

Prepare the Pulled Pork:

  • Remove the webbing from the pork shoulder roast and place on a cutting board. Chop the roast into 2-inch cubes and trim off any excess fat.
  • Add 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and the broth to the Instant Pot and stir well. Add the cubed pork and stir until pork is well-coated. Sprinkle with sea salt. 
  • Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the vent lid to "sealing" Turn the Instant Pot on the High Pressure Cook setting for 60 minutes. Once the time is up, allow the vent to naturally release. 
  • Open the lid and using a slotted spoon, transfer the pork meat to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the meat, then transfer it back to the Instant Pot. Secure the lid (turn the Instant Pot off or put it on Keep Warm) and stir well. Let meat sit for at least 10 minutes (up to 2 hours) to allow the meat to absorb the juices. 
  • Serve pulled pork as a sandwich, bowl-style with your favorite ingredients, or on top of a green salad. 


Serving: 1grams
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free recipes, easy healthy recipes, gluten free recipes, gut healthy recipes, healthy recipe
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Author: Julia
Paleo Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - a cleaner, refined sugar-free version of BBQ pulled pork made easily in the instant pot |
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Sunday 1st of September 2019

Just made this recipe and it is fantastic! I didn't have a 15 oz can of tomato sauce so I used 8oz tomato sauce and a frozen portion of a really flavorful spaghetti sauce. I used a 2.5 lb pork shoulder but kept the broth and BBQ sauce ratios the same. I've never left a comment on a recipe before--Will definitely make again!


Wednesday 4th of September 2019

Thanks, Rebecca!! I'm so happy you enjoyed it!! xo

Alice Darter

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

The pulled pork recipe mentions whiskey but not how much or when to add it. ???


Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Any response with whiskey? Making it right now!

Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite

Saturday 18th of August 2018

Pulled pork is honestly one of my favorite meals! So many serving ideas too :)


Wednesday 15th of August 2018

I definitely prefer homemade BBQ sauce -- there are too many ingredients that I can't pronounce in store bought, not to mention all the sugar. Yours sounds perfect and yay for Instant Pot recipes! I'm loving mine and this recipe is definitely one that we'd love day in and out!

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

Wednesday 15th of August 2018

Girl you are the QUEEN of delicious looking bowl food. Definitely inspiring me to whip up something similar once I have a kitchen again!

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