Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Beef

Mike tried this recipe on March 7, 2021

I borrowed from a couple of different recipes to make this one.

Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Beef

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 90 mins Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 12
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


I borrowed from a couple of different recipes to make this one.



  1. Trim off any excess fat from the roast, then cut into roughly 1-pound sections.

  2. Place a trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Pour the beef broth in the bottom of the pot, then place the meat on the trivet so the pieces do not overlap.

  3. Pour one cup of barbecue sauce evenly over all of the pieces of meat. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn to lock into place.

  4. Turn the vent knob to Sealing. Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button, select High Pressure, and set the timer for 60 minutes (note: it will take 10-15 minutes to come up to pressure before the timer starts).

  5. When cooking is finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then turn the vent knob to Venting to finish the pressure release. When fully released, open the lid and set aside.

  6. Remove the meat and place on a large cutting board or platter. Shred using two forks. 

  7. Pour the remaining barbecue sauce over the shredded beef and mix well before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 352kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 130mg44%
Sodium 648mg27%
Potassium 458mg14%
Total Carbohydrate 15g5%
Sugars 11g
Protein 42g84%

Calcium 1 mg
Iron 20 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • After cooking, the liquid in the bottom of the Instant Pot will be thin. If you wish to use this as additional sauce (as shown in the photo for this recipe), follow these steps to thicken it:
    • Press the Saut√© button on the Instant Pot to bring the liquid to a boil
    • Make a slurry of cornstarch and water, and stir into the liquid
    • Stir for several minutes until the liquid thickens into a sauce.
    • Put the shredded beef and additional barbecue sauce back into the pot and mix thoroughly
Keywords: Instant Pot, barbecue, beef
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