I finally joined the Instant Pot club!!! I’ve been eyeing them for months and my husband surprised me with one for my birthday. And I’ve only made one meal so far and I’m hooked! This is the first one and it turned out a winner. Check out this tasty Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin – BBQ style.
If you’re on the fence about an Instant Pot, just do it!! I’m so glad I finally tried it. And I’ll admit, it’s a little daunting at first. It’s not like my slow cooker that you just take out of the box and use. There’s a tiny learning curve, but you’ll be so glad you tried.
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Pulled pork is delicious. But. We don’t have a smoker. And I don’t have hours and hours to smoke meat. So I was very skeptical about this one. I intended to buy a pork butt or pork roast, but on my shopping day, they were all sold out. But they did have huge pork tenderloins on sale. I got a 3.3 pound tenderloin for $9.81. I was wary about using a tenderloin for pulled pork, but it worked perfectly.
Since this is my first go around with an Instant Pot and this recipe, I’ve got nothing to compare it to. I also took the easy way out and used store bought dry rub and store bought sauce. Maybe one day I’ll make my own, but this is what I had for now.
So let’s get to it! I like pulled pork spicy with a vinegar type sauce. I used a Private Selection brand dry rub that is called “Memphis Inspired Seasoning Rub” and Johnny Harris BBQ Sauce.
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Ingredients
- 3 pounds or more of pork tenderloin
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- dry rub
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- BBQ sauce
- Olive oil for searing
How to Make Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot in One Hour!!
- Cut your pork tenderloin into 3 or 4 large pieces and coat each in dry rub. I had no clue how much to use so I just sprinkled it liberally all over and then added all the pieces to a zip lock bag and mashed it around some to get it all over the pork
- Let sit for about 45 minutes
- Plug in your pot
- Press Saute’
- Wait for the display to say “hot”
- Add two tablespoons of olive oil and let it heat up a few minutes – mine splattered some so I used a splatter screen over the top
- Use tongs to place the meat in the pot and sear on each side for 2 minutes including the edges. I had to do this 2 pieces at a time to give my pork room. Each time I covered it again with the splatter screen – this isn’t part of the Instant Pot – I already had one.
- When you’re done searing, remove all meat to a clean plate and you’re left with this:
- Don’t freak out. You can fix that right up in no time. Press “cancel” to turn off the pot. Add 1/2-1 cup of chicken stock to the pot and use a wooden flat ended utensil to scrape all those bits off. It took me a few minutes, but they all came off. Leave all of this in the pot. It adds tons of flavor.
- Now add around 3/4 cup of chicken stock, 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Stir together.
- Add the meat back to the pot in a single layer if possible. Close and lock the lid. Turn the knob on top to “sealing”.
- Press “Pressure Cook” and use the + sign to increase the minutes to one hour. And walk away and finish the rest of your meal prepping or whatever else because you’re pretty much done with this!
- When the timer goes off, leave the pot alone. It will release the pressure on its own. When it’s done, you’ll see the pressure valve go back down. It’s the little silver cylinder on the lid. Once the valve goes down, you can open your pot. Don’t open it before. You can manually release the pressure, but I haven’t done this yet. #instantpotnewbie
- Remove the pork and shred with two forks. My pork tenderloin just fell apart. I barely got it out of the pot without it tearing apart.
- I’ll be honest – you don’t even need sauce with this one. But add it if you like. I did try some of the leftover cooking liquid, but it was too greasy for my taste. I poured a bit of store bought BBQ sauce over it and it was amazing.
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Cost
I spent $9.81 on pork, $3 on buns, and $4 on BBQ sauce – the rest was in my pantry. But, this meal can feed an army. Eat it plain or serve on buns with a side salad. I’m using mine in my meal prep this week for lunches! I got these handy meal prep containers from Amazon! Ignore my messy counters, but meal prep day isn’t generally full of Instagram worthy pics!
I think my favorite part about this whole Instant Pot craze is clean up. All the removable parts are dishwasher safe. My pot looks brand new after washing. It’s seriously that easy. I was very nervous since I wasn’t using the traditional cut of pork that’s generally used in pulled pork. However, this one is a winner. It even got a huge seal of approval from my BBQ loving husband! It’s easy and quick and this $20 meal will make at least 12 meals if not more.
I know it’s only my first attempt, but so far this Instant Pot is a winner in my book. You’ll be seeing lots more in the coming weeks! Be sure to get on the list so you can learn right along with me!
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