spicy brown sugar pulled pork- Instant Pot recipe and video

This post contains affiliate links 

Check out the rest of my Instant Pot recipes!

I have gotten into some meal-prepping on Sunday afternoons.  Not prepping whole meals, but just some simple meal prepping so I can make easy healthy snacks, lunches, and dinners.   Right now, on Sunday afternoon, I meal prep by doing the following.

  1. I hard boil 12 eggs.   I eat these eggs for breakfast and lunches
  2. I cut broccoli, cauliflower and bell peppers.  I use them for snacks, and sometimes for meals.
  3. I like to make some sort of pulled meal in my Instant Pot.  This meat turns into sandwiches, stir-frys and what have you.  It is nice to have some already prepared meat around for fast meals.

If you’re looking for more ways to use pulled pork, check out 20 dinner ideas to make with leftover pulled pork.

This spicy brown sugar pulled pork is mostly sweet with a kick.  It really tasted like it had some real depth.  I used spices that I normally keep around.  I generally cook pulled pork in my Instant Pot for 90 minutes.  I know you don’t have to cook it for this long, but I love it when it literally falls apart.

Here is a little video I created for you!

I love how easy it is to throw this together.  I love just dumping a few ingredients in my Instant Pot and letting dinner cook itself.  Cooking really changed around my house after getting my Instant Pot Duo.  I don’t use nearly as many pans when making dinner.

Spicy Brown Sugar Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Spicy Brown Sugar Pulled Pork 

Course dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2-3 pound pork tenderloin
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoon steak seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder


  1. Set your Instant Pot to sautee.  Add water, brown sugar and spices to your instant pot, and stir until the sugar and the spices disintegrate into the water.  Add the Pork to your Instant Pot, seal the lid and cook on high pressure for 90 minutes.  Remove lid at the end of the cooking time, shred and serve! 

I love this sweet and spicy pulled pork!  It was a great switch up from basic barbecue pulled pork.

I use smoked paprika in this recipe.  I love smoked paprika and use it whenever I get the chance.  I always use this smoked paprika. 


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating