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Pulled Pork with Coleslaw

Seasoned with a smoky, spicy rub plus barbecue sauce, and served up with fresh coleslaw, this easy recipe for pulled pork is a crowd favorite!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq pulled pork, instant pot pulled pork, pulled pork
Servings: 8
Calories: 410kcal


For the Pork:

  • 3 pounds pork loin roast, or pork shoulder roast
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce, plus more for serving

For the Dry Rub Seasoning Mix:

For the Coleslaw:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise, or salad dressing spread
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups packaged coleslaw mix, or shredded cabbage

For Serving:

  • BBQ sauce, for serving
  • Buns, for serving


To Make the Pulled Pork:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dry rub seasoning mix.
  • Place your pork roast on a baking sheet or large plate. Generously season the pork roast using all of the seasoning mixture, and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth and barbecue sauce. Set aside.
  • Place the pork roast in the bottom of the Instant Pot's inner pot. If the roast is very large, you may have to cut it into two or more pieces so it can fit.
    Pour the broth mixture in with the roast. Sprinkle the roast with the minced garlic.
  • Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Slide the valve to “sealed.” Press the Manual button, and set the timer for 90 minutes on High.
  • After the 90 minutes are up, slide the valve to Quick Release the pressure.
  • Remove the roast to a cutting board or large plate. Shred the meat with two forks.
  • Return the meat to the Instant Pot and stir around to soak up the cooking liquid.
  • Serve pulled pork on buns with coleslaw.

To Make the Coleslaw:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, pepper, and salt.
  • Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the coleslaw or cabbage, and stir to combine.


Pulled Pork Serving Ideas:

  • On a toasted bun, Memphis-style, with creamy coleslaw.
  • On a bed of fresh greens for a barbecue-style salad.
  • On a slice of Texas Toast or garlic toast with a dollop of barbecue sauce.
  • In tortillas or taco shells for a barbecue-inspired taco.


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 831mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1151IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg