Instant Pot shredded pork shoulder is juicy, tender, and cooked to perfection using the Instant Pot.
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Guys - get excited for this one! We have a fun week coming up. And by fun, here's what I mean! We're going to make life simple this week in the kitchen. Three nights of meals that all come from preparing one item on Sunday. We're calling this our 'prep once, eat all week' series.
We all have those busy weeks where we don't have the time to spend hours in the kitchen, but still want a good home-cooked meal. The easier we can make dinner on those nights, the better. That's exactly what this week's meal plan is all about!
Here's the plan!
This is how our week is going to look:
Saturday: Grocery shopping. Each meal makes four servings, so plan according to your needs. Feel free to double the recipes/shopping list if that works for you.
(PRINT YOUR SHOPPING LIST HERE)
Sunday: Meal prep our protein for the week - pork shoulder - in the Instant Pot. I'm not sure we can really even call this 'meal prep' because you just set it and go. It has a 90 minute cook time, and a 45 minute venting (resting) time. If you don't have an Instant Pot, feel free to change up how you cook your pork shoulder.
Monday: Cook our first meal of the week - Crispy Pork Gyros. For this recipe, all you'll need to do is chop your veggies for toppings, and crisp up your pork in the oven. SO easy!
Tuesday: Time to cook our second meal of the week - Pork & Fig Pizza. You're really going to be impressed by this one. Minimal ingredients are all you need for this upscale version on your classic 'pizza night.'
Wednesday: Final day of cooking for the week with Spicy Pork Carnitas Bowls. These bowls come together so quickly! If you love Mexican food, you'll love this healthy & simplified version.
Thursday: Tonight's the night to eat any leftovers you may have from earlier in the week. Check out the recipe notes for tips on re-heating.
Friday: If you're still munching on leftovers from the week, that's great. If not, go enjoy a night out - maybe some tacos + margaritas?!
I've got another secret that's going to make you love this meal prep even more! Aside from the pork that we will prep on Sunday, each dinner we make only has an additional five ingredients (excluding spices) AND takes under 30 minutes to cook the full meal. WIN!
Shredded Pork with the Instant Pot
Okay, now on to the actual recipe. If you're not already a fan of the Instant Pot, I'm going to change your mind after you make this recipe. The pork comes out SO flavorful and juicy. The beer gives the meat the perfect hint of flavor. The best part is, you can set the pork to cook, and go. No need to worry about watching it while it cooks.
The best way I've found to shred the pork once it is done cooking in the Instant Pot is with a stand mixer. The mixer does all the work for you and takes no time at all! If you don't have a stand mixer, two forks and some elbow grease will also work. Luckily, the meat is super tender and flaky, which makes hand shredding easier.
This recipe is super versatile! I find the Instant Pot is a great tool, especially when hosting, since you can just set it & go. If you are entertaining, this recipe would be great for making a large batch of pulled pork, pork nachos, or even a taco bar.
Instant Pot Shredded Pork Shoulder
- 9 lb boneless pork shoulder butt roast
- 12 fl. oz. Belgian white beer
- Remove any excess fat from the outside of the pork shoulder butt roast. Cut pork shoulder into 3-4 medium sized pieces so it will fit nicely in the Instant Pot.
- Add beer to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add in pork shoulder pieces.
- Close the Instant Pot lid and make sure the valve is set to 'sealing.' Pressure cook on high for 90 minutes. Once pressure cooking is complete, allow meat to naturally vent for an additional 45 minutes (no need to touch anything on the Instant Pot, just let it sit).
- Switch the Instant Pot valve to 'venting' and allow any additional pressure to be released. Remove pork from Instant Pot.
- To shred pork, place in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until all pork is shredded. You may have to shred pork in two separate batches. If you don't have a stand mixer, you can also shred the pork using two forks.
- Store pork in the fridge once completely cooled.