Pulled Pork Sandwiches are a no-brainer, people-pleaser, all-weather main dish. I used to cook the pork in the crock pot and I may again someday, but since the Man-in-Plaid got me an Instant Pot for Christmas as per requested, I’ve now made this recipe twice in a quarter of the time. Yes, this is not your mother’s pressure cooker. Mom’s pressure cooker was not for the faint of heart. Nor was this Ultra Deluxe top-of-the-line computerized wonder when I first looked at all the bells and whistles (yes, there are those.)
I went online because I’m unskilled in understanding directions that come in the box. It doesn’t matter which box nor which directions. Greek to me and I recently went to Greece. No help at all. Thankfully, I found this helpful blog with step-by-step directions with pictures! I love pictures! I felt like hugging her neck. Maybe I will someday.
So here you go:
- 1 4 lb boneless pork roast
- 3 T. brown sugar
- 2 T. chili powder
- 2 T. paprika
- 1 t. cumin
- 1 t. kosher salt
- ½ t. pepper
- ¾ c. apple juice or water
- ½ c. apple cider vinegar
- ½ c. ketchup
- 6-8 soft buns (I used steak rolls)
- Cut the roast into four pieces
- Combine next 6 ingredients in a small bowl and rub on all sides of the pork
- Add apple juice, vinegar, and ketchup into the instant pot
- Add spice -rubbed pork and secure lid
- Select pressure cook at high pressure for 45 minutes
- Select cancel, and use natural release (about 15 minutes) (I was out shopping so it released a good 30 minutes - no harm done)
- Transfer the pork, cool slightly and shred with forks
- Skim the fat off the juice and place on Saute to simmer sauce for 20 - add lid (I forgot last night and almost cooked it all away! "Fresh cook!" as my mother always said!)
- Add salt and pepper if needed
- Add half sauce to pork and stir to combine
- Serve on warmed buns and serve extra sauce on the side
I love serving pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw on the side or in the sandwich!
Here’s the pork all rubbed up and ready to cook.
Set it for 45 min and pushed Start and went on errands. I came home to this tenderized pork and shredded it while I sautéed the sauce.
Darn! As so often happens, we got distracted by the deliciousness of it and I didn’t take pictures. One lonely half was left for Mark’s lunch.
I’d invited Josie for dinner and she finally was able to make it. Josie is my neighbor and a TREASURE. She works fulltime as an oncology nurse and LOVES her patients. She feels called to this job like I feel called to all things chocolate.
Did I tell you our oven/microwave unit DIED two weeks ago? No baking or roasting for two weeks. So I pulled out the Java Chip Ice Cream for Josie’s dessert and forgot to serve it! I ate some later in her honor. Oven gets fixed tomorrow! Part was under warranty. Not the labor. What’s up with that? I may need more Java Chip just thinking about it.