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Easy Instapot Pulled Pork (Whole 30, Paleo)

(Last Updated On: August 12, 2020)

Easy Instapot Pulled Pork

This Easy Instapot Pulled Pork recipe has become a staple in our house. I don’t know about you guys, but I love “set and forget” and recipes, and this is just that. It’s Whole 30, Paleo & friendly. The best part about cooking in the instapot? There is only a single pan to clean afterward. I know that a lot of us might not have all the ingredients we need, so I put plenty of substitutions in the “Tips, Recs, and Subs” section below.

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Current Updates

Well, it’s official, two more weeks of stay at home ordered for us here in NY. I’ve been giving daily updates on how we are dealing with the Coronavirus here in NYC. Honestly, how I feel is moment to moment these days. At times I am grateful for all the good things we have, our health, a decent-sized (for NYC), and clean living space, each other, supportive family and friends. Then I think about all the people we love who might be affected. I worry about our financial futures, and wedding planning (more on that in the days/weeks to come), and I start to panic a little bit. So much uncertainty.

But all in and all, I am trying to make the best of it. At what other point in my life, would I be allowed to simply stay inside for weeks? When would I be given all this time to focus on my hobby of food blogging? Sometimes Dave and I are both so busy at the end of the week; we feel like we haven’t even seen each other. We are face timing our parents and friends and loved ones, sometimes multiple times a day! Trying to take a shitty situation, and keep looking at the positives. There is nothing we can do about having at LEAST 2 more weeks of this, so why not try and enjoy at least some parts? How are you dealing with this situation? I’d love to hear your thoughts, let me know in the comment section below!

Tips, Recs, & Subs

  • Don’t have an instapot? You can use your slow cooker, you won’t be able to get that nice sear on the pork. You’ll also need to cook it for much longer. Four hours on high or six hours on low.
  • Ketchup – Make sure it is Whole 30/Paleo compliant (I love true made foods brand), if that is a dietary restriction of yours. If not, you can use any brand of ketchup, and in a pinch, you can use BBQ sauce.
  • Coconut Aminos – Coconut aminos are the perfect substitute for soy sauce when staying Whole 30/Paleo/Gluten-Free. You can’t even taste the difference. However, if you don’t have any restrictions regular soy sauce or worschester sauce can be used. Tamari is a great option for those who are gluten-free, but is not Paleo/Whole 30.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – The primary purpose of this is to bring some acidity to the dish, in a real pinch, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 
pulled pork two forks shredded meat
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Easy Instapot Pulled Pork

Easy instapot pulled pork, is a great set and forget recipe. WIthout the traditional brown sugar used in pulled pork, this recipe is whole 30, paleo friendly. In just 30 minutes cook time you have delicious, juicy meat that shreds with just 2 forks.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine paleo, whole 30
Servings 4 people


  • Instapot


  • 2.5-3 Lbs Pork Loin or Shoulder

Quick Marinade

  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup Make sure you use Paleo/Whole 30 compliant if following those restrictions
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Aminos (Can use soy sauce if not gluten free)

Remaining Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Bone Broth or Stock
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cidear Vinegar
  • 1 Small Onion Sliced


  • In a bowl whisk marinade ingredients. Generously Salt & pepper pork, then add pork to bowl so it is well coated. Remove pork from bowl, and add broth and apple cidar vinegar to remaining marinade, whisk together.
  • Turn instapot onto saute mode. Once it is heated, sear pork for a minute or two on each side.
  • Add broth that has been combined with remaining marinade to the pan, and the sliced onion to the instapot.
  • Cover instapot, make sure vent is set to "sealing" mode. Turn on manual pressure on high for 30 minutes.
  • Once it is done, let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes or so, use the quick release valve to carefully realeas any addiitional pressure.
  • Shred with two forks. Top with desired toppings, like my red cabbage slaw, cheese, or pickles. Serve on its own or as a sandwich.
    pulled pork two forks shredded meat


See above section “Tips, Recs, and Subs” for ways to cook with substitutions. 
Keyword keto, low carb, paleo, pork, refinded sugar free, whole 30

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  1. Hi! I’m trying to find your recipe for the red cabbage slaw, do you have a link to that? Thanks!

    • I never posted that recipe. But tonight I am making a pulled chicken and making a really easy red cabbage slaw with it. I’ll try and post it by next week! Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out. Hope that helps! Once I post it I’ll add it to this comment. Best, Danielle.

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