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Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe by Feisty Tapas

Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Maria
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, British

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1.4 - 1.6 kg pork shoulder although you’re going to cut it in chunks so size does not matter (pork shoulder steaks work too and are less work)
  • 1 jar of Cirio Passata Rustica or 350 g of the passata you can get hold of
  • 200 ml water cold tap
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika this can be increased
  • 40 g liquid smoke (optional, please read above)
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • A few twists of the black pepper mill
  • 100 g of tomato purée (approx half a tube)

Instructions
 

  • Remove the rind from the pork shoulder, cut into big chunks, place in inner pot.
    Pork shoulder cut into chunks in inner pot for Feisty Tapas Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe
  • Add the passata then rinse the jar with 200 ml of water and add to the inner pot.
    Water from rinsing passata jar being poured into Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe by Feisty Tapas
  • Add the 1 tbsp paprika, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 40 g of liquid smoke and 1 teaspoon of sea salt with a few twists of the black pepper mill.
    Paprikas and salt being added to Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe by Feisty Tapas
  • Stir it all together to mix. Yes, stir (make sure your Instant Pot is in good shape and your sealing ring pressed down correctly to avoid problems, watch the videos on here). It will work well as long as you’ve done that properly. If in doubt, don’t stir.
  • Make sure the sealing ring is pressed down correctly into its rack, press down as you follow the circumference several times. Close the lid. Steam release handle pointing to sealing (unless you have one of the super cool self-sealing lids, in which case you don’t need to do anything).
  • Press Pressure Cook / Manual and programme 75 minutes / 1 hour and 15 minutes, high pressure (in the Duo Evo Plus I use Pressure Cook then select Pork and programe 1:15, one hour and 15 minutes). Let it do NPR for at least 15 minutes at the end.
    Time being programmed in Duo Evo Plus for Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe
  • Open the lid and remove some of the fatty liquid. Stir in half a tube of tomato purée, press Sauté, set to High and let it reduce with the lid off while you get the chunks of pork out and start shredding them with two forks then put the pulled pork back in the pot and give it a good stir to mix with the sauce.
  • My pork tends to be so tender that it just shreds beautifully but this will depend on the quality of the pork, if it’s not super tender do this final step if you have time: once all the pork is shredded / pulled and back in the inner pot with the sauce, pop the lid back on and press Pressure Cook / Manual and give it another 15 minutes, high pressure, NPR.
    Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe by Feisty Tapas

Notes

*Terminology
Quick pressure release (QPR, also called quick release or QR) means venting the steam as soon as the pressure cooking process finishes, i.e. moving the steam release handle from Sealing to Venting.
Natural pressure release (NPR, also called natural release or NR) means letting the float valve pop back down of its own accord, so basically you don’t need to do anything at the end and can keep your feet up. If it takes over 15 minutes, you're ok to release the rest of the steam (by turning the steam release handle to Venting) that may be left in order to unlock and open the lid. 
Sometimes you'll see me talk of a combination of NPR followed by a QPR. For example a recipe may have a 4 minute NPR followed by a QPR. You wait for 4 minutes at the end of the pressure cooking time and then do a QPR by moving the steam release handle from Sealing to Venting. 
Keyword BBQ, Instant Pot, Pork Shoulder, Pressure cooker, Pulled Pork