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Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce (Video)

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com

On Father’s Day I always miss my wonderful father so much, but I’m also grateful to have such a huge extended family where I get to watch good parenting carried on to a new generation of fathers and kids. And I hope all the fathers who read my blog are having a wonderful day, eating good food and being surrounded by people who love you.

And this new recipe for Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce seems like a pretty dad-friendly dish to post on Father’s Day. It’s an Instant Pot version of the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce that’s been such a popular recipe on the blog for years, so if you prefer the slow cooker just make that one instead.

Both my slow cooker and my Instant Pot pulled pork have a low-sugar barbecue sauce that I think is really good. I used to make it with a small amount of brown sugar combined with Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener for my low-sugar sauce, but now that I’ve discovered Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) I make this with all sweetener and no brown sugar. I’m not a fan of sweet barbecue sauce, most of them just taste too sweet to me. But if you’d like a version of pulled pork with lots of savory undertones and just a touch of sweetness, try my version and see what you think.


Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce

How to Make Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Even though I made my slow cooker pulled pork with a lean pork loin roast, I was going to try the boneless pork shoulder that’s usually recommended for my Instant Pot version. But when I looked for pork shoulder roast, I went to three stores and only found enormous packages that were at least three times as much pork roast as I needed. So I decided I’d just test out the recipe using two of those Pork Sirloin Roasts that are such a good buy at Costco. I honestly thought I’d make the recipe again with a pork shoulder roast, but the pulled pork was absolutely delicious using the leaner pork. Of course, take your choice on what type of pork to use.
  2. Whether you use pork sirloin roast or more marbled pork shoulder roast, the cut pork against the grain into pieces and brown well in the Instant Pot. (Browning adds flavor; please don’t skip this step.)
  3. Then whisk together low-sugar ketchup, tomato paste, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), Worcestershire Sauce (gluten-free if needed), and  Liquid Smoke (affiliate link) to make the sauce.
  4. Once the pork is browned well (in two batches if needed) arrange it in the Instant Pot and pour over 3/4 of the sauce mixture and 3/4 cup chicken stock.
  5. Lock the lid and set the Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 60 minutes.
  6. When the pressure cooking time is up, let it NATURAL RELEASE for about 25 minutes, then release the pressure if there is still pressure.
  7. Remove the meat to a cutting board and strain the sauce if you think it needs it.
  8. Add the other 1/4 of the sauce you reserved to the liquid/sauce in the Instant Pot. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, HIGH HEAT, and let the sauce reduce until it’s as thick as you prefer. This will probably only take a few minutes, but watch to make sure the sauce doesn’t burn.
  9. While sauce reduces, shred the meat apart with two forks.
  10. When the sauce has thickened, add meat back to the Instant Pot and stir until it’s coated with sauce. Serve hot.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal:

The Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce in this photo was served with Spicy Mexican Slaw, which I thought was a great combination!

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This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com

Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce

Yield 10 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

I'm not a big barbecue sauce fan, but I love this Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce that features my low-sugar sauce with lots of savory undertones and just a touch of sweetness.

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. pork sirloin tip roast or pork shoulder roast, fat trimmed as much as you prefer (see notes)
  • 1 T Penzey's Pork Chop Seasoning (or any seasoning blend that's good on pork)
  • 2 T olive oil (more or less, depending on how much fat is in the pork.)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup reduced-sugar ketchup (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 C Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, or more to taste (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard (not Dijon)
  • 4 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 T Worcestershire Sauce (Be sure to use Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce if needed.)
  • 3/4 tsp. Liquid Smoke (probably optional, but recommended)

Instructions

  1. Trim the pork sirloin roast or pork shoulder roast if there is a lot of visible fat on the outside. The cut the pork roast into thick slices around 2 inches thick.
  2. Rub the pork on both sides with the Penzey's Pork Chop Seasoning (affiliate link) or use another seasoning blend that's good on pork.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot to SAUTE, HIGH HEAT, add one tablespoon of the olive oil, and brown the slices of pork on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. (You will probably need to do this in two batches, adding the other tablespoon of olive oil as needed when you brown the second batch, or just brown all the pork in a large pan on the stove if you prefer.)
  4. Whisk together low-sugar ketchup, tomato paste, sweetener of your choice, apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), Worcestershire Sauce (use Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link) if needed) and Liquid Smoke (affiliate link) to make the sauce.
  5. Put all the browned pork slices into the Instant Pot and pour over 3/4 of the sauce mixture and 3/4 cup chicken stock.
  6. Lock lid and set the Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 60 minutes.
  7. When the pressure cooking time is up, let it NATURAL RELEASE for about 25 minutes, then release the pressure if there is still pressure.
  8. Remove the meat to a cutting board and let it cool, until it's just cool enough to handle.
  9. Strain the sauce if you think it needs it.
  10. Add the other 1/4 of the sauce you reserved to the liquid/sauce in the Instant Pot. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, HIGH HEAT, and let the sauce reduce until it's as thick as you prefer. This will probably only take a few minutes, but watch to make sure the sauce doesn't burn.
  11. While sauce reduces, shred the meat apart with two forks.
  12. When the sauce has thickened, add meat back to the Instant Pot and stir until it's coated with sauce.
  13. Serve hot. This will keep well in the refrigerator for quite a few days and can also be frozen.

Notes

I originally made this recipe with a mixture of sweetener and brown sugar, but now that I've discovered Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) I would use all sweetener and omit the brown sugar. Start with the amount I recommend, then taste the uncooked sauce to see if you want it a bit sweeter. I use either Heinz Low-Sugar Ketchup (affiliate link) or G. Hughes Sugar-Free Ketchup (affiliate link) for this recipe.

I used a 6-Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for this recipe.

This recipe created by Kalyn, as an Instant Pot version of her Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 431Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5.4gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 57g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce is made with low-sugar ketchup and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener to make it lower in carbs than traditional barbecue sauce. However a sauce with any type of ketchup and tomato sauce will always have some carbs, so this might not be suitable for the strictest low-carb eating plans or Phase One of the South Beach Diet.

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    6 Comments on “Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce (Video)”

  1. What slaw recipe did you use with this in the photo?

  2. I made this recipe today with leftover cooked pork roast. I used Splenda Brown Sugar blend for both sweetners. It turned out wonderful! Even my hubby loved it. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly but without the Tabasco. Thanks …great dinner and I froze the leftovers for another meal.

  3. This looks delicious Kalyn! I love that you lightened up a heavy, sugary sauce.