Who doesn’t like barbecue pork? The complex charred flavors, the juicy texture of the meat, the fall off the bone texture, everything about barbecue pork makes it one of the most loved dishes of everybody. However, the long cooking time involved in preparing this super tender and super delicious pork dish makes most people wary of making this recipe at home. In some recipes, the meat is smoked for 12 to 16 hours, to achieve the signature tenderness of pulled pork. But what if I told you that there is one very common household item, using which you can make this amazing dish in just about one hour? Yes, you’ve read that right, and that item is your very own pressure cooker. Using an everyday pressure cooker, you can cook your BBQ Pork to perfection in a lot less time, and trust me, it will turn out to be as amazing as a traditionally cooked pulled pork.
INGREDIENTS THAT YOU WILL NEED
1: Pork butt/shoulder (cut into chunks if needed) – 3-4 lbs2: Onion powder – 1 tbs 3: Garlic powder – 1/2 tbs 4: Paprika powder – 1/2 tbs 5: BBQ sauce – 2 cups [devided]6: cayenne powder – to taste7: Salt – to taste8: Pepper – to taste9: Water – 1 cup10: Oil – as required
*OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS*(MIX AND USE THESE INSTEAD OF WATER IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR PORK SUPER FLAVORFUL AND TASTY)
i: Apple juice – 1/2 cup ii:Liquid smoke – 3-4 tbs iii: Honey – 1/2 tbs iv: Water – 1/2 cup
Now that your ingredients are all sorted out, it is time for the actual cooking. Cooking this Pressure Cooked Barbeque Pork is extremely simple. You just need to follow the following 6 steps, and you will end up with the most tender and delicious meat you have ever tasted.
STEP 1: SEASON AND BROWN THE MEAT
First of all, season your meat with all the dry spices and let it marinade for 15 to 20 minutes. The longer the pork marinates, the more flavorful it will be. Then, heat a little bit of oil in the pressure cooker, and add your meat. Make sure all the sides of the meat develops a nice brown color in order to make your dish rich in flavor.
STEP 2: ADD IN THE WET INGREDIENTS
Now it is time to add in 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and the water (or the optional ingredients if you want the super smokey flavor). Make sure you deglaze the bottom of the pan by scraping it thoroughly.
STEP 3: IT’S TIME TO PRESSURE COOK
Now close the lid of the pressure cooker. Bring pressure to 15 psi and turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible maintaining pressure. Cook it for 60 minutes.
STEP 4: OPENING UP THE LID AND REMOVING THE MEAT
After one hour, turn the heat off, and use natural pressure release method to release pressure. After the valve drops completely, open the lid of the pressure cooker, and remove the pieces of meat from the pressure cooker, and let it rest for a little while. Strain and reserve about 1 cup of cooking liquid from the pressure cooker.
STEP 5: SHRED AND FINISH THE MEAT
After the cooked pork had rested for about 5 minutes, shred the meat using two forks. Then add the shredded meat to a pan, mix in 1 cup of barbecue sauce which was reserved, and stir well. Add in the strained cooking liquid as needed to achieve the preferred consistency.
STEP 6: SERVE AND ENJOY
Serve this delicious pressure cooked barbecue pork on toasted rolls, or in tortillas with additional barbecue sauce, and enjoy.
This Pressure Cooked Barbeque Pork will turn out to be so great, that everybody will confuse you with a master chef. It is so easy and so convenient, that anyone can cook this, at any time. And if you want to go that extra mile, make sure you use the liquid smoke. The pork will turn out to be so smokey and flavorful, that no one will believe that it hasn’t been cooked in a smoker. So what are you waiting for? Take your pressure cooker out, and surprise everyone!