Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork 4 Ways | Perfect for Meal Prep! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork 4 Ways | Perfect for Meal Prep! | A Sweet Pea Chef

February 27, 2020 10 By William Morgan


Hey, there. Lacey here with the “A Sweet Pea Chef,” and
welcome back. I hope you brought your appetite with you
today because we are gonna be making four different styles of pulled pork using an Instant
Pot. We’re gonna be using an Instant Pot because
we wanna make hours turn into minutes and we wanna be able to cook in bulk and just
have a bunch of shredded pork for meal prep for the week. So we’re gonna be doing four recipes. They’re all super unique, very flavorful,
and super tender, and just so, so, so yummy. So let’s get started. So let’s talk what type of pork we need. So pork comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. We’re looking for a roast of pork and that’s
gonna either be called a pork shoulder, a pork loin, or a pork roast, or a pork butt. Any of those will work. It can be bone-in or boneless. Bone in, usually will have more flavor, but
then you have to deal with the bone. Boneless is very easy to use. It’s really up to you. Then all we have to do is to divide it into
four equal pieces. This is gonna make it very easy to cook quickly
in our Instant Pot. Also, if you notice that your pork roast happens
to have a lot of fat around the edges, you can just trim it to as much as you can. We don’t need that fat. While it will add a lot of flavor, the pork
by itself without that much fat in it is still gonna be super flavorful. So go ahead and trim that if you have extra
fat on your pork loin. So like I said, we’re gonna be using an Instant
Pot today to make these four different pulled pork recipes and I’m doing that because I
really like how fast an Instant Pot cooks, plus you can sear and do all sorts of stuff
in an Instant Pot that you can’t do in a slow cooker and it all is done in the same pot,
so everything stays just to one thing, which means one pot to clean, which is really, really
awesome. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, I have
the link for one that I use down in the description below or you can click on this screen and
if you ever have any questions about Instant Pots, let me know. I own a bunch of them. I have made all the mistakes and I’m happy
to help you with any questions and walk you through anything because I know it can be
a little bit daunting. All right, let’s get started with our first
recipe. So up until this point, we’re gonna be doing
this same step for all four recipes. So we’re gonna wanna divide it into four pieces
and then we’re gonna add in extra flavors. So this first recipe is gonna be a pulled
pork recipe that is very simple, just some very mild flavors. And this is gonna be…if you’re gonna be
adding your pulled pork to another recipe and you don’t want a lot of strong flavors,
this is the one to go with. To make our spice rub, in a small mixing bowl,
we’re gonna combine some sea salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. And then we’re gonna stir to combine. Now, in a large mixing bowl, we’re gonna add
our four chunks of our pork loin and then we’re going to top our pork loin with our
seasoning mixture that we just made. Then use your hands or a fork or something,
we’re gonna toss that all to coat. We want the meat to be evenly coated. Now go ahead and turn your Instant Pot to
the Sauté function and allow it to get hot, then we’re gonna add in some olive oil. Once that’s nice and hot, we’re going to place
our seasoned pork into the Instant Pot. If you can make it all fit, awesome. If all of it does not touch the bottom of
the sauté pan, it’s totally fine. Just wait one step and then we can repeat
this and we’ll just do it in batches. We wanna make sure that everything is nice
and evenly hitting the bottom of the pot so that it gets nicely seared. So we’re gonna sear our seasoned pork on all
sides. It’s gonna take about three to five minutes
and once it’s golden brown and smelling delicious, we’re going to remove our pork. It’s okay that it’s not cooked yet, we will
be cooking more of it later. We’re gonna remove it from our Instant Pot
and set it aside. If you have any extra meat that didn’t fit
into the Instant Pot on the first time, now would be the time to add that back in and
sear on all of those sides. Now we’re gonna use a little bit of low sodium
chicken broth to deglaze the bottom of our Instant Pot. This is gonna allow us to basically scrape
up all of those extra flavors and particles on the bottom of the Instant Pot. This is gonna add more flavor to the final
pork product, but it’s also gonna help you clean the bottom so that there’s less to clean
later. So it is a double bonus. Once you have all those little bits and pieces
scraped off of the bottom of the pot, you can go ahead and add the remainder of our
low sodium chicken broth. And then we’re gonna add in our seared seasoned
pork that you just cooked, we’re gonna put it in there and get it all nice and cozy. Now go ahead and place the lid on the Instant
Pot and then turn it to close it. Make sure that the vent is set to Sealing
rather than Venting because we want a lot of pressure to build up, which is how the
Instant Pot works so fast. It has a lot of pressure at a high heat. Then we’re gonna set our Instant Pot to Manual
cook time at high pressure for 60 minutes. Then let it set for 60 minutes. Don’t bother it. After 60 minutes, the alarm’s gonna go off,
but you wanna let it go for another 20 minutes. It’s gonna start releasing its pressure naturally. Just let it be. You’ll notice that it starts to make a little
bit of noise at that point. For 20 minutes, let it be. Even if you tried to open it at this point,
it probably wouldn’t because it’s pretty tight in pressure in there, so you’d have to release
some of the pressure to even open it. So let it sit 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, what you’ll do is you will
take that vent and you’re gonna carefully twist it towards the venting function and
that’s gonna allow any excess steam or pressure to come out of the Instant Pot. Once you have that vented, go ahead and remove
the lid and you will open up to delicious smelling cooked pork. Our next step is to grab that cooked pork
using some tongs or a fork and then we’re gonna place that onto a cutting board. Let it cool for a couple of minutes so that
it is not just steaming hot. Then using a couple of forks, we’re gonna
use one fork to hold the pork in place and another fork to basically start shredding
the pork, and this is how you pull pork. You’ll see how easy it is because your pork
is gonna be super, super tender. Then just repeat with all the remaining pieces
and you have yourself some delicious, simple, and really, really, really easy pulled pork
to enjoy. So I hope you see just how simple and easy
it is to make pulled pork in an Instant Pot. This recipe is really great reheated later. So I like to put it into meal prep containers,
place them in the fridge, and just have them ready to grab. When you want them, put it in the microwave
for about two to three minutes until it’s heated through. It is gonna last for about seven days in your
fridge, if it even lasts that long, because I know you’re gonna eat it before if you’re
like me. So now we’re gonna add a little bit of southern
flair to our pulled pork and we’re gonna make some Barbecue Instant Pot pulled pork, which
is super yummy and really easy as well. So just like with our other recipes, we’re
going to divide our pork loin or shoulder into four equal pieces and then go ahead and
set those aside in a mixing bowl. Then we’re gonna make our spice mix. So go ahead and in a small mixing bowl, we’re
going to add in some sea salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder, and
then stir to combine. You’ll notice this recipe is very similar
to the spice rub that we used for our other recipe. That is intentional because that is a really
tasty recipe. The difference in this barbecue pulled pork
is that we’re gonna be making a homemade clean barbecue sauce, which is really, really easy
and so much better for you and tasting than the stuff that you would buy at a grocery
store, which is just loaded in like high fructose corn syrup and a bunch of artificial colors
and flavors that is just yuck. So we’re making our own clean barbecue sauce,
and let me show you how to do that. So to make our clean barbecue sauce, in a
mixing bowl, we’re gonna combine some tomato sauce, tomato paste, black strap molasses,
raw honey, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, granulated onion, sea salt, ground black pepper,
and then whisk this to combine. So if I were gonna be serving this clean barbecue
sauce, which is what I use all of the time for any barbecue, I would cook it on the stove
and I would let it reduce a little bit and have it be nice and flavorful. However, there’s no need to do that step today
because we’re gonna be adding it into the Instant Pot and it’s gonna cook along with
our pork. So go ahead and transfer our spice mixture
over to our cut pork and we’re going to coat all of this and toss it around and make sure
everything is very evenly coated. Now we’re gonna grab our Instant Pot and we
are going to set it to Sauté. Once that’s hot, add your oil, then we’re
going to add in our seasoned pork, and we’re gonna sear this for about three to five minutes
on all of our sides and then what we’re looking for is that it’s gonna be nice and golden
brown and has that delicious smell and sear to it. Then you can remove it from your Instant Pot
while we get our barbecue sauce going. So now that all of our pork has been seared,
you’ll notice that there are some bits and pieces that are stuck to the bottom of your
Instant Pot. We’re gonna use our low sodium chicken broth
and we’re gonna add a little bit in and deglaze the bottom. Make sure to scrape any of the pieces off
using like a rubber or a wooden spatula. Don’t use metal because you might scratch
it. Then we’re gonna add in our barbecue sauce
and we’re gonna stir it to combine. Then we can return our seared pork back into
our barbecue sauce mixture, get it all nestled in there and then we can go ahead and close
our lid. Make sure it closes all the way, set our vent
to Sealing and then we’re gonna set it to Manual and we’re gonna cook for 60 minutes. Once the 60 minutes are up, don’t worry about
opening it yet. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally start releasing
its pressure for 20 more minutes. After 20 minutes, if you need to allow anymore,
go ahead and turn the vent to Venting and that’s gonna allow any of that excess pressure
to come out through the form of steam. Then you can remove the lid and you have delicious
barbecue flavored pork. So to make it pulled pork, we’re going to
remove our pork from our Instant Pot and transfer it to a cutting board. Then using a couple of forks, go ahead and
just start to pull apart the pork using your forks as kind of fingers in there because
it’s too hot to use your fingers, and then you have delicious pulled pork, which is perfect
for any barbecue, is perfect on sandwiches with some coleslaw. Anytime you would have barbecue pork, this
delicious pork recipe is gonna be a really good fill-in. Plus, we have that clean barbecue sauce that
is so simple to make and so much better for you than what you could get at the stores. Again, I’m gonna be using my meal prep containers
that I love. They’re glass. They’re eco-friendly. They reheat in the microwave. They’re super awesome. I just grab them and I grab a little bit of
the pulled pork, put it in the microwave for about two to three minutes until it’s heated
through and I have delicious meal prep, Instant Pot barbecue pulled pork all week long, which
is so awesome. Next, we’re gonna be making what I think is
my absolute favorite pulled pork recipe, though I really like all of these, they’re really,
really tasty. So we’re gonna be making some Carnitas, which
are so easy, they require one extra step and it’s totally worth it, so it has a little
bit more texture and a little bit of extra deliciousness on top of the pulled pork. And I’ll show you how to do that after we
get our pork cooked in our Instant Pot. So in our mixing bowl, we’re gonna add in
our cut pre-portioned pork loin, then we’re gonna set that aside and then we’re gonna
make our spice rub. So in a small mixing bowl, we’re going to
add some coconut sugar, sea salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, and a little bit of
garlic powder, and then we’re gonna stir to combine. Then we’re gonna transfer our spice mixture
over to our pork chunks. We’re gonna toss that all together and make
sure everything is evenly coated. Now turn your Instant Pot to Sauté and allow
it to get nice and hot, and then we’re gonna add in our olive oil. Then go ahead and add in our seasoned pork
for our carnitas. And what we’re gonna do here is we’re gonna
sear it. Just like we have before, we want all of our
sides to get nice and golden brown. Be careful though because we do have coconut
sugar in this spice rub, so it might burn a little bit faster than your other recipes
would. Once you have all of the pork seared nicely,
go ahead and use some tongs or a fork and remove it from our Instant Pot. Then we’re gonna deglaze our Instant Pot with
a little bit of low sodium chicken broth. So go ahead and add that on in and you’re
gonna wanna use a spatula or spoon, not a metal one, use a rubber one, silicone, plastic,
wood, anything but metal, and we’re going to scrape up any of those extra pieces that
are on the bottom of our Instant Pot because that’s gonna add all sorts of extra flavor
and make it easier to clean later. Then add in the remainder of our low sodium
chicken broth and a little bit of freshly squeezed orange juice for a little bit of
extra sweetness and citrus to our mixture. Now return our seared pork into our Instant
Pot and then nestle it all around to make sure everything is evenly placed in there. Put the lid on our Instant Pot and lock it
and then set the vent over to Sealing so that it gets nice and high pressure inside the
Instant Pot. Speaking of high pressure, set it on Manual
to high pressure. We’re gonna cook for 60 minutes again and
we want it to have 20 minutes of natural time to release any steam. So once your 60 minutes are up, allow it 20
more minutes to continue to reduce any steam inside. And then after 20 minutes, if you need to
help it out a little bit, just twist that vent over from Sealing to Venting but make
sure to look out for any steam coming out of the Instant Pot. Now you can remove the lid and you can transfer
our cooked pork over to our cutting board where we’re going to start to shred it and
turn it into pulled pork. So using two forks, go ahead and just kinda
pull it apart until you have nice, evenly-sized pulled pork with all of that delicious pork. And here is the extra step. We’re gonna take this pulled pork and we’re
gonna put it out onto a rimmed baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper. At that same time, we’re gonna set our oven
to Broil so it gets nice and hot in there. We’re gonna take our pulled pork that’s on
our rimmed baking sheet and we’re gonna put a little bit of freshly squeezed lime juice
generously all over the top of it and a little bit extra sea salt. Then place it in the oven and we’re gonna
broil it for two to five minutes. Make sure you watch it so it doesn’t burn. What you’re looking for is for the edges of
the pork to become crispy and start to become golden. This means it’s getting that nice texture,
it’s gonna have a little bit more crunch to it and it’s gonna be so tasty. Then remove it from the broiler and then we’re
going to top it with a little bit of freshly chopped cilantro and it is so good, and that
is how you make carnitas. I absolutely love carnitas, in burritos, in
tacos, by themselves, on bowls. Just any way I can have carnitas, I enjoy
it. They’re so good. So much flavor, and texture, and just deliciousness. Really, really great way to have pulled pork. And I hope you like it too. Now we can just place our carnitas in the
refrigerator and let it set all week long in the fridge. You can just grab it as you need it and reheat
it for two to three minutes, and it is so tasty and just a great way to meal prep pork
in bulk. Next, let’s add a little bit more heat and
spice it up with some Carolina pulled pork using our Instant Pot that is so good and
so flavorful. And I think this one’s Dustin’s favorite,
but he likes them all as well. So just like before, we’re going to take our
pork and we’re gonna divide it into four even pieces and then set that aside into a mixing
bowl. Now we’re going to make our spice rub, and
this spice rub is a really great Carolina spice rub in case you ever wanna use it for
anything else and it makes perfect Carolina pulled pork. So this is gonna be tasty. So in a small mixing bowl, we’re gonna add
in some coconut sugar, onion powder, sea salt, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne
pepper, ground black pepper, dry mustard, and some cumin, and then stir to combine. Now we’re gonna take our Carolina spice rub
and we’re gonna pour it over our pork and we’re gonna basically toss this all to get
it nicely coated. Then we’re gonna set our Instant Pot to the
Sauté function and once that’s hot, add in the olive oil. Then we’re gonna add in our spiced Carolina
pork into our Instant Pot, and we’re gonna sear it on all sides. Remember that we do have coconut sugar in
our spice rub, so you do need to make sure that it’s not gonna burn, so make sure you
stay on top of turning it and flipping it because that coconut sugar will burn if cooked
too long. It’ll still be tasty, but it’ll be a little
burned. So once you have all of the pork seared, nicely
on all sides, it should take about three to five minutes per side. So once you have all that nicely seared, go
ahead and remove that from our Instant Pot. And into our Instant Pot, we’re gonna add
a little bit of low sodium chicken broth and we’re gonna scrape up any of those extra pieces
while we deglaze the pot because this is gonna really make a lot of flavor for later. Once you have all of the pieces scraped up,
add in the remainder of our low sodium chicken broth and we’re gonna add in some vinegar
because Carolina spice rubs have to go with some vinegar. So we’re gonna add some apple cider vinegar
and some white vinegar and then stir to combine. Return our seared Carolina spice rub pork
back into the Instant Pot and nestle all that in together. And then we are good to close our lid on our
Instant Pot, set our vent to Sealing rather than Venting. And we’re gonna set it on Manual for high
pressure for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, go ahead and allow the Instant
Pot to set for 20 more minutes during which time it’s gonna allow any more of that steam
to naturally release. After those 20 minutes are up, you can just
help it out and turn our dial from Sealing to Venting so that we allow any of that excess
steam to come out. Then using some tongs or a fork, remove our
cooked Carolina pork and place it on over on to a cutting board. Then using two forks, we’re going to pull
apart our pork so that it turns into delicious pulled Carolina spice pork and it’s gonna
be so tasty. This has a lot of good heat to it, but it’s
also a little bit of sweet and tangy, just all the flavors, all the goodness, really,
really yummy. All right, so I hope you can see just how
amazing an Instant Pot is for these pulled pork recipes and how it is gonna be so awesome
to up your meal prep game having all four delicious pulled pork recipes to pull from,
no pun intended, and it’s just such an easy way to add some flavor and some protein to
your meal. Plus, it’s so, so yummy. So I hope you enjoyed these recipes. Make sure to ask any questions about Instant
Pots or pulled pork or what type of pork to use. If you have any questions, let me know in
the comments below and let me know which one sounds the best to you. Are you a carnitas person or maybe some more
heat and spice with the Carolina rub, or do you just like it simple? Thanks so much for watching. Make sure to check out my recipe video on
slow cooker shredded chicken, which is another really great way to add some pulled protein
to your meals and it is really, really yummy. So check it out. I will see you next time and thanks so much
for hanging out with me. Bye-bye.