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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

A delicious and juicy pressure cooker pulled pork recipe that makes shredded pork the way you want it: tender and flavorful. Ready in under 2 hours.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 Servings
Calories: 464kcal
Author: Scott G


  • 8 LBS Bone-In Pork Shoulder quartered and fat scored
  • 2 TBSP Bacon Fat Or Ghee, Lard etc.
  • 1 TSP Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Cracked Black Pepper
  • 8 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Onion thickly sliced, Spanish
  • 2 Cups Beef or Chicken Stock
  • 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar I use Braggs


  • Quarter the pulled pork shoulder (working around the bone as best you can). Score the fatty layer with your knife. If you cut into the meat, don't worry about it! Liberally apply salt and pepper to all sides of each quarter.
  • Warm your pressure cooker over high heat. Add in the bacon fat or other cooking oil. When it is shimmering in the pan, add in the first quarter of shoulder, fat side down. Brown nicely for about 2 minutes. If you want, brown the other sides as well. Remove from the pan and set aside when browned. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-high and add in the sliced onion with a pinch of kosher salt. The onion will start to release its liquid and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring well, for five to six minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Turn the heat back to high. Add in the stock and fully deglaze the bottom of the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Add the pork back in and secure the lid of the pressure cooker. When the pressure has built (on mine a little yellow button pops up), turn the heat down gradually until it continues to hold the pressure.
  • Cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Release the pressure (however appropriate with your pressure cooker).
  • When the pressure has fully released, remove the lid and remove the pork pieces with some tongs. Lay them on a rimmed baking sheet or something where you can use forks to shred the meat. Start shredding the meat. Make sure you taste some as you go- it's yummy.
  • Now we need to defat the pan juices. You can use a gravy separator to do this or wait until the juices cool a bit and the fat rises to the top. When the fat has risen, use a ladle to skim off as much as you can.
  • Turn the heat back on under the pressure cooker at medium-high. Reduce the liquid by half. When it has reduced, add in the apple cider vinegar. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Pour the pan juice over the shredded pork. When the pork has absorbed as much as it will hold, it's ready to eat. Keep any extra pan juice on the side if you decide to reheat leftovers!
  • Serve hot and happy eating!


Calories: 464kcal