Barbacoa Pulle Pork - Instant Pot Recipe

Barbacoa Inspired Pulled Pork – Instant Pot Recipe

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Entrée
  • Method: Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Barbacoa is a method of slow-cooking meat such as beef, pork or lamb over an open fire, or more traditionally, in a hole dug in the ground covered with special maguey leaves. These days, barbacoa meat is often steamed until tender or slow-cooked in a crock pot or over a barbecue.



  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 brown onion,
  • 700 g diced pork (shoulder)
  • 56 garlic cloves, roughly diced
  • 1 large bay leaf or 2 small ones
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili flakes (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Handful of fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  1. Press the Sauté key on the Instant Pot (it should say Normal, 30 mins). Add coconut oil and once hot, add the onion and cooke 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.

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