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North Carolina Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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This North Carolina Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe is flavorful, tangy, and delicious. Covered in a vinegar-based barbecue sauce and pressure cooked until it shreds beautifully.

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One of my favorite things about North Carolina is the bbq. Fact is, North Carolina has the BEST bbq… at least in my opinion. 

I’m a huge fan of vinegar based bbq and prefer it over other kinds of bbq. There’s just something about the tanginess of vinegar and pork that makes my taste buds dance.

I used to make this recipe by placing a huge bone in pork butt in my slow cooker and let it cook all day on low. But now, I use my Pressure Cooker. It cooks much faster without compromising on the same great flavor and the texture is just as amazing.

How to make North Carolina Instant Pot Pulled Pork?

I start by cutting 3 lbs of pork butt into 3 large pieces. I don’t use the bone when making it in the pressure cooker and cutting it allows my meat to cook a little quicker.

I then rub my pieces with a nice homemade bbq rub. You can follow that recipe or buy some from the store.

pork pieces covered in rub

Once my meat is fully covered, I set it aside and make my vinegar based bbq sauce. Vinegar based bbq sauce is very liquidy, so it’s the perfect sauce to use in your Instant Pot. Sauces that are too thick can cause the dreaded “Burn” signal in the Instant Pot. This sauce won’t do that.

Prepare the vinegar bbq sauce by whisking together apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper flakes, and water.

vinegar bbq sauce in glass

Place pork pieces in the Instant Pot insert and pour 1 ½ cups of the vinegar based bbq sauce over the pork, reserving the remainder of the sauce for later.

pork pieces in instant pot

Cover and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. Once done cooking, allow the Pressure Cooker to naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure. 

Remove pork from Instant Pot and serve. Pour reserved Vinegar Bbq sauce over meat for more flavor.

instant pot pulled pork on bread

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Enjoy 🙂

Looking for more Instant Pot Pork Recipes? Try this Instant Pot Pork Chops with Gravy Recipe.

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North Carolina Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Tangy and delicious vinegar based pulled pork recipe made right in the Instant Pot.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot pulled pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 393kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Vinegar Bbq sauce

Instructions

  • Whisk Vinegar Bbq sauce ingredients together, set aside.
  • Rub bbq rub over pork pieces, making sure all pieces are fully covered. Place pork in Instant Pot and pour 1 ½ cups of vinegar bbq sauce and liquid smoke in insert. Cover and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes.
  • After 60 minutes, allow Instant Pot to naturally release for 10-15 minutes. Quick release remaining pressure.
  • Remove pork pieces from Instant Pot and shred. Drizzle with remaining vinegar bbq sauce when serving. Enjoy 🙂

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Notes

Notes: This BBq pork has been prepared in the Instant Pot DUO . I have also used the Ninja Foodi to prepare it as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 961mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 5mg
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Mandi

Saturday 4th of April 2020

I have made this recipe several times now and love it because it's so simple and turns out delicious every time!

Tanya

Saturday 4th of April 2020

Thank you so much Mandi :)

Michael Charles Clark

Thursday 19th of March 2020

This is a great recipe. I suffered a stroke on February 28th 2020 and a lot has changes for me. But this recipe was si.ple enough for me to work my way through it but yet very tasty. I love me pressure cookers. Now more than ever. I look forward to trying some more of your recipes. P.s. as a southerner, it was a little sweeter then I am used too. Also I always add two small jars of Baby food peaches. Wow . Try it out Take care and God bless you

Donna B.

Sunday 8th of March 2020

This is a great Instant Pot recipe. I have a similar recipe I use to make NC BBQ in the slow cooker, so I used it with these cooking instruction. It turned out great!

Sandy

Thursday 7th of November 2019

this looks good...I'm new to instapot cooking...could this recipe be safely doubled? Thanks!

Tanya

Thursday 7th of November 2019

Yes, doubling it should be fine. I would keep the cook time the same. It’ll just take your pressure cooker a little longer to come to pressure.

Joey G

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Great recipes, however, technically the two styles of NC BBQ are Eastern (strictly vinegar based with spices, NOT SWEET) and Western or Lexington (vinegar, spices and ketchup). Our friends SOUTH of us are more known for the vinegar and mustard style. Please don't get me wrong...I like them all when prepared properly. Also, I like to put the pork in my smoker for about 1 - 1.5 hrs on low (225-250), then transfer to Instant Pot.

Tanya

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Hi Joey, I believe you are right. We've been able to get all three kinds here and it was my husband, a North Carolina native from birth, that explained it to me lol. We like them all as well.