Instant Pot Pulled Pork


  • 5-8 lb pork butt
  • ¼ C of your choice of BBQ sauce

Dry rub:

  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1½ T salt
  • 1 T pepper
  • 2 t cayenne pepper
  • 2 t dry mustard
  • 1 T cumin
  • ½ C dark brown sugar


  • 4 C water
  • 4 C apple cider juice
  • ½ C salt
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 3 T dry rub
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 t red pepper flakes


  1. Cut pork butt into 4 semi-equal pieces.
  2. Mix together all of the dry rub ingredients and set aside 2 T and 3 T in plastic bags.
  3. In 1 large pot, or two medium pots/bowls, whisk together brine ingredients, including 3 T of set aside dry rub. Place the 4 chunks of pork in the brine, fat-slab side up. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Remove pork from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Apply dry rub generously to all chunks of pork and massage thoroughly. Place pieces into your Instant Pot and after placing the lid on top, double check that your knob is turned to “sealing.” Manually program your pressure cooker to 95 minutes.
  5. Once finished cooking, use a long utensil to adjust the knob to release steam. Remove pork from pot, into a deep dish pan and shred with two forks. Add the remaining 2 T of dry rub and mix well.
  6. In a small glass bowl, heat ¼ C of BBQ sauce and pour onto shredded pork.
  7. Serve on jalapeno, cheddar, cornbread!

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