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Carolina Pulled Pork

A little spicy, a little sweet, but most importantly delicious, this Carolina Pulled Pork is one of the best BBQ pulled pork recipe I ever tried.
Categories Clean Eating, Easy Weeknight Dinner, Instant Pot
Difficulty Easy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Release pressure 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 472 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 4 lbs pork loin boneless or bone-in
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar


  1. Trim fat from pork roast and cut into 4 same size chunks.
  2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together. Add pork chunks to rub mix and coat well.

  3. Add 2 tbs olive oil to Instant Pot and set to sauté. Once it indicates hot, add the pork, but do not crowd.

  4. Sear on each side for about 2 minutes each. Remove pork and set aside on a plate. Repeat with remaining pork pieces.
  5. Once pork is seared and removed from pot, press cancel and add 1/2 cup chicken broth. Use a wooden spoon and deglaze the bottom of the pot. Make sure to scrape up all the bits. Then add remaining chicken broth and vinegars.
  6. Place pork chunks directly into the liquid in the pot, spacing out as best possible. Secure lid and make sure vent is set to sealing. Pressure cook/manual on high pressure for 60 minutes.Then let pressure release naturally for 20 minutes or until pin drops.
  7. Remove pork to a large bowl and shred with 2 forks.

Nutrition Facts
Carolina Pulled Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 953mg40%
Potassium 1201mg34%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 69g138%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.