What do you do when you want slow-cooked pulled pork barbecue for dinner, but it’s already late afternoon? Well, you could order out ~ or you could have fantastic pressure cooker pulled pork in about an hour ~ yes, you can! That’s what we did one recent Saturday. From what would usually take many hours in an oven or smoker, to about an hour on the countertop ~ and it’s good! Check out this Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork ~~~
Now y’all know how I feel about barbecue, so I’ll just say here, I have very specific requirements. Bluwaterguy loves trying new things in the pressure cooker, but the first time he suggested trying pulled pork, I said, “ummm, I don’t think so.” My barbecue lovin’ soul could not accept anything not cooked low and slow.
Well, I was wrong ~ I admit it! This is good barbecue, and one of the easiest things you can do for a casual meal. The Cuisinart pressure cooker will hold a big cut, so you can do a little or a lot, depending on the size of your pork cut. This Saturday we did a small 4lb. piece ~ a very nice bone-in half picnic shoulder cut I found in the case at Publix ~ and had just the right amount for 4 good servings
We’ve varied the ingredients and technique a little each time to try different things ~ making our own sauce, using different cuts of pork, different seasonings ~ all good, but this is the easiest and it tastes good too. Here’s a link to a basic recipe that is similar. I prefer a bone-in cut, and we changed up the liquid and seasonings, as you’ll see below. Just sharing the link for reference, if you want to learn more.
Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork ~~~
1 ~ We used a small 4lb. bone-in pork half picnic shoulder, removing the outer layer of skin and some of the fat. You could also use a Boston Butt roast, which is easier to find in the meat case.
2 ~ Sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper.
3 ~ Bluwaterguy’s secret ingredient – Smoked Spanish Paprika ~ sprinkle roughly the same amount as the black pepper.
4 ~ Saute 1 small yellow onion until soft ~ in the bottom of the pressure cooker pot ~ remove and set aside.
5 ~ Prepped ingredients ~ sauted onions, 1/2 cup of beer for cooking liquid, 1/2 cup of your favorite sauce to pour over the meat.
6 ~ Sear the meat for browning ~ in the bottom of the pressure cooker pot.
7 ~ Add 1/2 cup beer as cooking liquid ~ yes, the cook gets to drink the rest of the bottle. 🙂
8 ~ Add the sauted onions and 1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce. Cover and pressurize as directed for your unit to cook for 60 minutes.
9 ~ Here’s what we got after 60 minutes of cooking ~ ready to shred ~ which turned out 4 good servings from the 4lb. pork cut.
Bluwaterguy loves the Cusinart electric pressure cooker, and that’s what we use all the time. Follow the manufacturers directions for whatever type of cooker you use for your recipe. Each one is different, and you want to know how to pressurize and release pressure safely and correctly for your machine. Like most things, it’s easy if you do it properly. 🙂
This could easily hold an 8lb. cut and feed a crowd. I personally don’t like to freeze pulled pork ~ as mentioned, I am very particular about my barbecue ~ so we cooked just for this one meal. But hey, cooking it on the counter while we chilled on the sofa with the tv and iPads, was a relaxed want to get Saturday supper together!
So if you are new to pressure cooking, this is an easy way to start. If you love barbecue, but time and outdoor weather is an obstacle to your usual low and slow cooking method, this is a great alternative. Or if you just want a great weekend meal, we’ve got you covered with this Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork. Cheers y’all ~~~