Instant Pot Pulled Pork


Pulled pork is a classic southern American BBQ dish that consists of juicy and flavorful shredded pork. With this recipe, you can make a keto pulled pork in the instant pot. The instant pot is a foolproof way to make delicious pulled pork in half the time it would take in a slow cooker!

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Keto Instant Pot Pulled Pork Ingredients

  • 1 (5 pounds) bone-in pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free golden sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup low carb bbq saucer

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Directions

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Keto pulled pork in the instant pot

shredded pulled pork in the liner of an instant pot

This instant pot pulled pork recipe makes the juiciest and most tender pulled pork. The secret ingredient of this instant pot pulled pork is brown sugar-free sweetener, making this recipe keto-friendly while maintaining that sweet and delicious pulled pork flavor. With bone-in pork shoulder, olive oil, pepper, paprika, onion, powder, chicken broth, and some of your favorite low carb barbecue sauce, this dish is packed with aromatic flavors. This keto pulled pork is easy to make and easy to love. What you are left with is a delicious pork recipe to put in pulled pork sandwiches.

tongs holding juicy pulled pork

Benefits of cooking pulled pork in an instant pot

Whether you opt to cook bbq pulled pork in on the grill, instant pot or a slow cooker, the general taste, and tenderness of the meat will be relatively the same. But if you are looking for a way to cut down the cooking time, instant pot pulled pork is the way to go. By cooking your keto pulled pork in an instant pot, the meat will only take 80 minutes to cook rather than a full 3-5 hours. The instant pot pulled pork makes it so that you don’t have to plan too far in advance when you are craving pulled pork.

The dry rub

The rub seasoning is used to seal the natural flavoring of the meat while also adding additional flavor to the meat. This keto pulled pork recipe uses a rub made with a mix of salt, pepper, paprika, sugar free brown sweetener, and onion powder. The spice flavors can be adjusted based on what flavors you want to come through more strongly in your instant pot pulled pork.

juicy pork shreds in a casserole dish

Sear the pork shoulder

One of the most important steps to cooking pulled pork, or even just meat in general is the sear. The sear locks in all of the flavor and juices before being cooked for hours and caramelizes the fat and sugars creating a rich and intensified flavor. Definitely don’t forget to sear your meat!

Best cut of pork for pulled pork

The best cut of pork for pulled pork is pork shoulder. Pork shoulder has the perfect ratio of fat to meat to create a juicy and easy-to-pull apart texture. While some people say that the bone-in pork shoulder is better since it keeps the meat moister, boneless pork shoulder is more common in grocery stores. For your Instant Pot pulled pork, you can either choose a bone-in pork shoulder or a boneless piece for a relatively similar taste, tenderness, and fat content.

Another option for cut to use in this pork recipe, is the pork butt. It will work well for making pulled pork in the pressure cooker just as well; however, pork shoulder can be easier to find over pork butt.

Low carb BBQ sauce

For the best tangy, low carb BBQ sauce, homemade is the way to go. It’s a less expensive route. This recipe calls for simple, everyday seasonings such as apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce (lowest carbohydrate variety), low carb ketchup, golden monk fruit, smoked paprika, ground cumin, black pepper, and salt. Within less than 10 minutes, you can have a smoky and tangy keto bbq sauce ready for your pulled pork.

As for store-bought keto BBQ sauces, Lillie’s Q is a popular favorite. Lillie’s Q bbq sauce is made of high-quality ingredients that come together to make an authentic Southern bbq taste. This bbq sauce is sugar-free, does not contain GMOs, and is gluten and dairy-free as well.

Primal Kitchen is another great low-sugar bbq sauce. This recipe boasts bold, smokey flavors and is great for anyone on a paleo diet, keto diet, or just someone who is looking for a delicious barbeque sauce.

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Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 570
Fat 35.9g
Protein 56.4g
Total Carbs 1.4g
Net Carbs 1.3g

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  1. The mallaird reaction is what happens during browning. This reaction occurs automatically during pressure cooking. So no browning needed! See for a vid about this.

  2. Hi Annie! I seldom use my InstantPot, so I’m not good on figuring out timing yet. If i have a 4.5 – 5 lb *boneless* shoulder roast, should I adjust the time or just follow the recipe? Thanks in advance!

  3. Annie, I’m not very well-versed in the InstantPot. Any idea how long I should cook a 4.5 lb BONELESS shoulder roast for? I’m not even sure if the boneless would add time or shorten the time! Help if you can, please. Thanks!

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