This easy pulled pork recipe has just the right amount of sweet & spice. A crowd pleaser for sure! Can also be done in a slow cooker.


This easy pulled pork recipe has just the right amount of sweet and heat. A crowd-pleaser for sure! Can be done in a pressure cooker or slow cooker. No marinating necessary.

Good for: Feeding a small crowd after a game of beach volleyball, an Air B&B vacation when you want high-impact, low maintenance meal, or on a weeknight where you have an hour to prepare the meat and use a pressure cooker!


  • 3 lb pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (we use a gluten free teriyaki sauce found at Whole Foods)
  • 2 Tbs Sriracha
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 6 buns for serving

Cube pork into 2” cubes. Over medium-high heat in a stovetop pressure cooker, Instapot (sauté setting), or wide pan, sear pork cubes over in batches in high-temperature oil for 2-3 minutes per side until browned. Remove cubes to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb the oil. Salt and pepper the cubes.

Meanwhile, while the pork is searing, mix together the sauce in a bowl the teriyaki sauce, sriracha, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. Divide the sauce in half.

Turn off the heat momentarily to drain the pan of any oil and liquid (drain to a trash can or bowl to discard later). Return the cubes back to the pressure cooker, Instapot or into a slow cooker. Add half the sauce to the pork and give it a good stir. Then seal your pressure cooker, Instapot, or put a lid on your slow cooker.

Pressure Cooker and InstaPot Cooking Method

Cook on manual high pressure for 40 minutes. Once the cooking time is finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.

Slow Cooker Method

Cook on low for about 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Monitor towards the end of cooking and test to see if the meat will fall apart when shredded.

The pork should reach an internal temperature of 205F to have fall-apart, shreddable meat. Yes, use a thermometer. Remove the meat to a cutting board or large plate, and shred with two forks. Stir in the remaining sauce to the shredded meat. Then serve meat on buns with a slaw, pineapple spears, or even more sriracha. Have fun, tell silly jokes and spread some aloha!