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oval white casserole dish with bbq pulled pork and a large stainless steel serving spoon

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork (AIP, paleo, crockpot)


This AIP Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork recipe is a true delight. It can also be made in a Crockpot for the most tender, flavorful and delicious pulled pork that’s completely gluten free, night-shade free and refined sugar free.


  • 22.5 lb pork shoulder sliced into 34 pieces
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 TBSP olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

BBQ sauce

  • 2 TBSP honey 
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic power
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP unsulphered blackstrap molasses
  • 2 TBSP coconut aminos


  1. Cut the pork shoulder into 3-4 pieces and sprinkle with 2 tsp sea salt. 
  2. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode and add 2 TBSP olive oil. Sear the pieces of pork in the oil, approximately 1.5 minutes per side.
  3. Add water, onions and garlic to pot and place lid on the Instant Pot. 
  4. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.*
  5. Once the pork is done, quick-release the pressure by pressing/turning the valve to “venting” 
  6. Once the pressure is released, remove the lid.
  7. Meat will be incredibly tender. Transfer to a large bowl and shred pork using two forks.
  8. Return the Instant Pot to the sauté function to make the bbq sauce.* *Add honey, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, molasses and coconut aminos and allow the sauce to reduce to desired consistency.
  9. Taste and adjust for salt accordingly. 
  10. Turn Instant Pot off and add pork back into the pot, stirring to combine with the sauce. 
  11. Serve hot. 


*If using a crockpot or Instant Pot, cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours or until the pork shreds easily. Proceed as directed from step 7.

**If your slow cooker doesn’t have a sauté function, transfer the pork juices to a pot on the stovetop and bring to a simmer, before adding the sauce ingredients. Allow to boil until it reduces to desired consistency.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Mains

Keywords: aip, paleo, slow cooker, crockpot, instant pot, instant pot pulled pork, bbq pulled pork, fall dinners, crockpot dinners