Since I found a recipe for Pulled pork in the pressure cooker that we become kind of obsessed with it! So almost other week I buy a nice piece of pork shoulder, pull out my precious pressure cooker from the cupboard and begin the most easy recipe you could find. The problem is that I can’t remember from where I got it from so I do apologise for the original owner…
We all know that the perfect way to cook pulled pork is to slow cook it for several hours. I have actually found recipes that recommend 12 hours slow cooking time! Well, I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t wait that long to put a meal on the table. And unfortunately, I also don’t own a slow cooker so forget about getting the meat cooked while I’m at work!
Once again I have to thank my dear mother for my pressure cooker which turned out to be life safer in so many occasions. It’s a manual cooker so I haven’t gone all modern when it comes to this particular kitchen gadget. Maybe one day but at the moment I’m very happy. Some of the first recipes I’ve learned where on a manual pressure cooker and I learned how to use it with my grand mother. So it has a special place in my heart…
From pork shoulder to pulled pork!
From all the recipes I’ve read, I learned that pork shoulder is the perfect cut of meat to transform into succulent, delicious pulled pork. It has a layer of fat that will keep the moisture and the meat itself it’s not as dry as other parts of the pork. Oh, but it needs to be pork shoulder with bone in. I found out the worse way the boneless pork shoulder can become dry and that won’t make cook pulled pork. Don’t make the same mistake I made, other wise you won’t get juicy meet like this:
I don’t always make my own BBQ sauce… It can make a big difference in the flavour of the meat but unfortunately it’s all down to time. So I recommend you to buy the best BBQ sauce you can find and season the meat with different spices. Then get some burger buns, some salad leaves and enjoy your pulled pork in the pressure cooker!
Pulled pork in the pressure cooker
- 1,5 kg pork shoulder bone-in, cut into chunks
- 1 onion diced
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 1 cup of BBQ sauce
- 1 cup of water
- Olive oil as needed
- Garlic powder as needed
- Onion powder as needed
- Smoked paprika as needed
- Ground cummin as needed
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Season the pork with the spice rub.
- Add olive oil to the pressure cooker and brown each piece of meat on all sides.
- Set aside to rest.
- Add the onion and garlic to the juices in the pan and let it brown slightly.
- Add the meat, BBQ sauce and water.
- Mix well. The meat won't be covered by liquid which is ok.
- Close the lid and take to high heat on position 2 (medium).
- Let the pressure build and move to the lowest heat possible.
- Cook for 1 hour.
- When the time is up, remove from the heat and follow the natural release method.
- Open and remove the meat to a tray. Cover it with foil and let it rest for 5-10 mins.
- Shred the meat with the help of 2 forks.
- Add some of the leftover juices from the pressure cooker and mix well.
- You may also place the tray of meat under the broiler for a more roasted flavour.