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I have been working very hard to bring you an EPIC episode of the greatest Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork recipe that you may ever have! In this episode, I show you from beginning to end how to make the most amazing Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. I have also worked very hard on capturing on video amazing suggestions on how to maximize our deliciousness for our pork!
In this episode:
- We use 4-5lb of Boston Butt (Pork Shoulder). Feel free to use a boneless Boston Butt.
- A delicious universal Rub is created that everyone is sure to love and it adds deliciousness to our braising liquid (Chicken broth and Rub).
- Demo on how to butcher and trim the pork in preparation. Please note: You can always use a boneless Boston Butt.
- I will show you the searing / browning / caramelization process also known as the Maillard Reaction (3 minutes on all sides)
- We then braised to perfection in the Instant Pot 7 in 1 Pressure Cooker for 90 minutes and leave on low for 10 min. We remove the tasty pork and we break them down effortlessly with a fork and we serve.
- Tasty suggestion for your Pulled Pork including:
- BBQ – Sliders and Burgers with pulled pork.
- We travel to Maui Hawaii for Maui Wowie Sweet and Sour Pulled Pork over lime cilantro rice and served in a pineapple.
- We also visit my Italian Kitchen for my pulled pork over sautéed spinach and topped with Vodka sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.
Photo Gallery of Highlights:
Note for anyone who does not have an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker ( You can still follow along !!! )
- All pressure cookers users can still follow these times.
- If you do not have a pressure cooker you can apply the same Rub and Meat technique, but use 5-8 lbs Boston Butt, leave the fat on the Pork ( do not trim so it can self-bast during the cooking process ) and slow and low in an 275 degree oven for 8-10 hours in Braising liquid covered in tin foil !!! Then try my amazing suggestion for pulled pork !!!
FULL LENGTH VIDEO (Highlights are above)!!!
Recipes and Directions:
The Rub (this is a universal rub which everyone is sure to enjoy and allows for maximum caramelization):
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbls – Sweet Paprika
- 1 tsp – Onion Salt
- 1 tsp – Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp – Ground Mustard
- 1 tsp – celery seed
- 1 tsp – Dry Thyme
We use 4 to 5 pound Bone-IN Boston Butt – if you purchased a larger Boston bought trim about a quarter off so it becomes 4 – 5 pounds. You can also get the bone removed by your butcher or you can always use a boneless Boston Butt (Pork Shoulder). Remove the top layer of fat and cut the pork into half or make thick slices / chunks.
- Mix all spice ingredients together and Rub all over the Meat !
COOKING TIME: Pressure cook for 90 minute, Allow additional 10 on warming/low mode and remove.
- Turn the Instant Pot on to Sauté; allow the readout to read HOT, pour-in sauté oil ( a light olive oil) Enough to coat the bottom of the pot allow oil to get hot (10 seconds).
- Add the chunks of pork butt to the pot to begin the searing process.
- Sear each side for three minutes to allow caramelization to occur.
- After all sides are caramelized, you can remove all chunks of pork to an empty plate and then pour in chicken broth to deglaze ( soak up and mix with all of the rub that has been caramelized in the pot).
- Add the chunks of pork that to the pot and keep adding chicken broth until the chicken broth comes up to almost 80% covering the pork.
- Close the lid on the Pressure cooker, Set the Release Valve to the Sealing position.
- Turn the Instant Pot to the Meat/Stew preset and increase the time to 90 min. Allow the meat to cook for 90 min and then the Instant pot will go to the Low/Warming mode. Natural Release for 10 min, release the remainder of the pressure. Open lid and remove the meat.
- Break up the super soft pork chunks with 2 forks and watch the chunks of meat turn to beautiful pulled pork !!!
Click Here for the Super Scooper Hand Strainer \ Colander on Amazon that I remove contents from the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker with!!!
Pulled Pork Serving Suggestions:
Basic Slider – Bun, Pulled Pork, BBQ Sauce
Kicked up Slider – Bun, Pulled Pork, delicious creamy coleslaw and BBQ sauce
Burgers and Pulled Pork
Burger with Pulled Pork – Bun, Burger with Swiss & Provolone, Pulled Pork , BBQ Sauce – add creamy coleslaw if you want to take it to the next level.
WE TRAVEL TO HAWAII !!!
We go to Hawaii to make my Maui Wowie Sweet and Sour Pulled Pork served in a Pineapple and finished with Pineapple and Cherrie garnish over a bed of Lime Cilantro Rice ( Recipe Below) . I also show you the Effects of Eating my Maui Wowie Pork !!! Its Hilarious!
To make the Maui Wowie sweet-and-sour pork served in a pineapple: We take a full pineapple cut it in half, hollow out the center of our have pineapple With either a paring knife or small my found that a 45° angle and work your way around the outside to remove the center. Fill it with a bed of lime cilantro rice and in place pulled pork on top finish it with sweet-and-sour sauce. And garnish it with chunks of pineapple and cherry on a toothpick as garnish. Note: Plain white rice or brown rice is absolutely fine to use : )
If you do not have access to a pineapple, no problem !!! Just put down your favorite rice or the lime cilantro rice on a plate and place the pork on top, finish it sweet-and-sour sauce and garnish with fresh fruit.
THEN …. We visit My Italian Kitchen
In my Italian kitchen we see the amazing Pulled Pork over Sautéed Spinach, and topped with Vodka Sauce and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese Sandwich which is a rustic Italian sandwich – Super easy to make and you will know exactly how special it is when you actually eat it.
To make the pulled pork over sautéed spinach and topped with vodka sauce: Get fresh seeded Italian bread And cut it in half, Add sauteed spinach, pile on your pulled pork, and finish with a nice coating of vodka sauce and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top. Its amazing !!! Try This !!!
Note: Sautéed spinach directions are below.
Other recipes for food seen in the video:
Lime Cilantro Rice:
- 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro
- 1 cup white basmati rice
- 2 cup water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 lime
1. Add rice, salt and lime juice to the pressure cooker (on Instant Pot use the Rice setting (12 min). If you do not have a pressure cooker, simmer your rice until tender and remove in a stove top pot.
2. Add the fresh chopped cilantro and serve
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small shallot, chopped
- 10 ounce package baby spinach
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions: Heat a large skillet. Melt the butter, then add the olive oil and chopped shallot. Cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. Serve warm.
Guacamole – For GreatChowJay Burger #1 or for anything else you wish : )
- 2 Haas avocados halved then pitted with a spoon
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 2 vine tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Directions – In a large bowl place the scooped avocado and lime juice, mix together (folding) to coat. Mix in the salt, cumin, and mash together. Add in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and fold together.
Thank you for joining me on our Pulled Pork Adventure, I had a great time making this amazing episode. The food, photography and new video techniques were so much fun to work with. I truly hope you enjoy this episode, If you do… Let me know !!!
Thank you so much and see you soon for our next food adventure : ))
~Jason ( Great Chow Jay !!! )