It’s August 26th which means it’s basically almost fall, right? My fave season of all time! Let all things pumpkin & apple commence, starting with this super easy Instant Pot Cider Pulled Pork. You could technically enjoy this during any season, but the apples make me think fall.
Whenever I make pork, carnitas is usually my go-to. But every now and then it’s nice to switch up the flavors! The recipe is tangy and slightly sweet and can be served with pretty much any sides you want. It would be great on top of a big scoop of mashed potatoes with some of the juices drizzled over top, or even inside tacos!
I ended up using Butcher Box boneless pork chops when I made this because that’s what I had in my freezer, but you can really use any cut of pork that you want. Loin, butt, shoulder, etc. Just make sure it equals about 3-4 lbs.
If you do pork chops, you also have the option to NOT shred them and just serve them as-is.
And for anyone who doesn’t have an Instant Pot (which I highly recommend getting if you’re on the fence!), this recipe will work in a crock pot/slow cooker – just throw everything in and set it on low for 7-8 hours. This is the Instant Pot that I have:
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Instant Pot Cider Pulled Pork
- 3-4 lbs pork loin, chops, or shoulder cut into 4 pieces
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider look for no sugar added
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Place onions in the bottom of the Instant Pot (or slow cooker). Place pork on top of the onions. Whisk remaining ingredients together and pour over the pork.
- Set your Instant Pot to "manual" 55 mins on high pressure. Let it slow release for about 10-15 minutes, then release the steam. (If using a slow cooker, set on low for 7-8 hours.)
- Shred the pork using 2 forks. If there is too much juice, hit the "saute" button and let it simmer until some cooks off. Enjoy!