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Barbacoa Pulle Pork - Instant Pot Recipe

Barbacoa Instant Pot Pulled Pork

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Make a batch of this tender and juice Instant Pot pulled pork to use up in multiple meals: tacos, burritos, salads, wraps, casseroles or serve with rice and salad. It’s a Barbacoa inspired recipe.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion,
  • 700 g / 1.5 lb diced pork (shoulder)
  • 56 garlic cloves, roughly diced
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili flakes (see notes above)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon allspice powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • A handful of fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  1. Press the Sauté key on the Instant Pot. Add the oil and once hot, add the onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Add the pork, stir and cook for 2 more minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and spices, stir and then add the rest of the ingredients. Cancel the Sauté function by pressing Keep Warm/Cancel button.
  3. Place and lock the lid, make sure the steam releasing handle is pointing to Sealing. Press Manual (High Pressure) and adjust to 20 minutes. After 3 beeps the pressure cooker will start going.
  4. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release for 3-4 minutes and then use the quick release method before opening the lid.
  5. Using a potato masher, press down the meat and flake it into shreds. You could do this with a fork, but I find that the masher works really well. Press Sauté key again and cook the shredded meat in its broth for 7-8 minutes, stirring a few times. This will evaporate some of the liquid and thicken the sauce.
  6. Serve the pork with extra lime wedges and fresh cilantro.


  • Serving Size: 150 g of meat
  • Calories: 319
  • Sugar: 6.7 g
  • Sodium: 767.1 mg
  • Fat: 10.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 42 g
  • Cholesterol: 106.8 mg

Keywords: Barbacoa, Tex Mex, Pork, Tacos, Meal Prep