How to Make Pulled Pork in a Pressure Cooker

Written by g.k. bayne
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Making pulled pork in a pressure cooker is a way to have a family favourite on the table in about an hour instead of cooking all day long. Pressure cookers, because they cook in a vacuum, cook meat much faster than traditional cooking methods. Small, 4-quart pressure cookers can be found at most super centres and anywhere pots and pans can be purchased.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pressure cooker
  • Boneless pork shoulder roast
  • Jar of barbecue sauce

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  1. 1

    Place the meat rack into the bottom of the pressure cooker. This is the small, lipped metal plate that came with the cooker.

  2. 2

    Add 1/2 cup of water.

  3. 3

    Place the boneless pork roast into the cooker.

  4. 4

    Pour the contents of one jar of your favourite barbecue sauce over the roast.

  5. 5

    Secure the lid on the pressure cooker.

  6. 6

    Place the pressure cooker on the stove and turn the heat to medium high.

  7. 7

    Listen for the pressure cap on the top of the lid to begin to jiggle. When it jiggles several times a minute, turn the heat down to medium low.

  8. 8

    Cook the meat for 45 to 50 minutes.

  9. 9

    Remove the cooker from the heat and allow the pressure to dissipate naturally. Alternatively, you can place the cooker in the sink and run cool water over the pot.

  10. 10

    Remove the cover and lift the meat out onto a cutting board.

  11. 11

    Use two forks to pull the meat into small strips.

Tips and warnings

  • Dry rubs can also be used on the pork. Simply increase the water in the pot to 1 cup.
  • Beef can be cooked in the same way as pork in the pressure cooker.
  • Pork steaks can be substituted for the shoulder roast. Since they are thinner, cut the cooking time to 30 minutes.
  • Never attempt to remove the lid from a pressure cooker until the pressure has been relieved. Severe burns can occur from the pressurised steam if the lid is removed early.

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