Instant Pot BBQ Pork Tacos {Slow Cooker Variation Included}

These Instant Pot BBQ pork tacos are flavorful, tender and so easy (load ’em with toppings!). Slow cooker variation included in the recipe.

taco made from instant pot bbq pork taco meat and pickled onions and drizzled with bbq sauce

Well, hallelujah for easy meals that make you look like a rock star. 

These Instant Pot (or whatever electric pressure cooker you have) BBQ pork tacos are insanely flavorful. And insanely simple. And insanely yummy.

And don’t worry, faithful slow cooker fans. I’ve got you. Slow cooker variation included below in the recipe notes. 

shredded pork drizzled with bbq sauce

These BBQ pork tacos are faintly reminiscent of this super popular copycat sweet pork recipe. But they are simpler, a bit more streamlined, and they definitely have a lovely BBQ flair that is really delicious. 

The flavors are smoky and sweet. Warm and tangy. 

The key to building flavor is using a simple pantry-friendly seasoning lineup. 

  • oregano
  • paprika (smoked paprika is terrific here)
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • s + p

spice blend for instant pot bba pork tacos

Pork Roasts, Let’s Talk

My favorite cut of pork to use in recipes like this is a sirloin pork roast (I buy the 4-packs at Costco). They are leaner than a pork shoulder/butt roast but cook up more tender than, say, a pork loin roast (which can often be dry). 

If you can’t easily find pork sirloin roasts, I’d recommend using a boneless shoulder or butt roast. 

I cut the roast into several large pieces and season all sides with the homemade spice blend. 

pork roast rubbed with spice blend

Nestle the seasoned pork roast pieces into the pressure cooker with the broth + root beer + BBQ sauce. 

You can probably sub in your fave cola-type soda for the root beer, but I like root beer and we usually have it around. #pizzanight 

BBQ Sauce

Nothing beats homemade BBQ sauce, unless you have a real life with real responsibilities and real chaos, and sometimes real, live, homemade BBQ sauce just isn’t happening. 

My favorite store bought brands are Sweet Baby Rays and Kinders. All three options are delicious here. 

seasoned pork roast in instant pot for bbq pork tacos

Cook that pork on high pressure for about 50-60 minutes until it is fall apart tender. 

It’s going to be pretty liquidy after cooking. I discard all but 1-2 cups of the liquid. And then I add a bit more of the seasoning mixture (that was reserved at the beginning) AND an extra touch of BBQ sauce. Just to give it a little zing. 

cooked and shredded pork for instant pot bbq pork tacos

The tender, super tasty BBQ pork can be served a variety of ways. You could even use the meat for semi-traditional BBQ pork sandwiches. 

It would also be tasty on salads or over cilantro lime rice

But our favorite way to serve it is in tortillas with a variety of taco toppings. Tomatoes, cilantro, avocados, quick-pickled onions (my fave), cheese, sour cream. Just to name a few.

It might not be a super authentic taco by any means, but the BBQ flavor vibe is amazing with the tender pork and loaded-on toppings. 

taco made from instant pot bbq pork taco meat and pickled onions

I like to finish off my tacos with an extra zingy drizzle of BBQ sauce. It pulls all the flavors together, and gives a unique flair to the tacos. 

If you’re looking to change up taco night OR just find another quick meal for the Instant Pot OR you need a rock star worthy dinner to take to a friend, I think these Instant Pot BBQ pork tacos definitely fit the bill. 

The cooked pork freezes great, so you can have even faster future meal options staring you in the face when dinnertime rolls around and your time/motivation/dinner-saving angels somehow all disappeared.  

holding taco made from instant pot bbq pork taco meat and pickled onions and drizzled with bbq sauce

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Instant Pot BBQ Pork Tacos

Yield: 9-12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
taco made from instant pot bbq pork taco meat and pickled onions and drizzled with bbq sauce

Ingredients

Seasoning Mixture:

  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt (I use coarse, kosher salt)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pork:

  • 3 to 5 pounds
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce, divided (you'll use 1 cup at first and 1/2 cup later)

Extras:

  • Tortillas
  • Toppings (sour cream, cheese, pickled onions, cilantro, tomatoes, BBQ sauce, etc)

Instructions

  1. Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl. Measure out 1 tablespoon and set aside.
  2. Cut the pork roast into large 3- or 4-inch chunks. Season the pork pieces on all sides with the seasoning mix left in the bowl.
  3. Add the broth, root beer and 1 cup of the BBQ sauce to the insert of a 6-quart electric pressure cooker. Whisk to combine. Nestle the seasoned pork into the liquid. Seal the lid, set the valve to seal and cook on high pressure for 50-55 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure naturally release for 10-15 minutes (or all the way) and then quick release the remaining pressure.
  5. At this point, if you don't want the pork swimming in liquid, you can ladle out some of the liquid and discard. Keep at least 1-2 cups so the pork stays moist.
  6. Shred the pork with two forks. Stir in the reserved seasoning mixture and 1/2 cup additional BBQ sauce. Heat through.
  7. Serve pork in tortillas with desired toppings.

Notes

Slow Cooker: for a slow cooker version, follow the recipe instructions, but cook the seasoned pork with the same amount of broth, root beer, and BBQ sauce in a 6- or 8-quart slow cooker for 8-10 hours on low. Discard liquid as needed, shred the pork, and stir in the reserved seasoning mix and 1/2 cup BBQ sauce. Heat through.

BBQ Sauce: I use Kinders or Sweet Baby Rays for store bought or my favorite homemade version here.

Root Beer: You can probably sub in a favorite cola soda for the root beer (haven't tried it myself).

Spicy: for a bit more of a sweet and spicy kick, up the chili powder as desired or add some cayenne pepper to the seasoning mixture.

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