Using my Instant Pot for the first time.

Tonight I am using my Instant Pot to cook dinner for the first time.  Well, hubby used it last night to make corned beef and cabbage and potatoes, but I am using it for the first time.

I am making Kalua Pork.  It is a Hawaiian pulled pork dish which usually entails a long cooking process as wel as wrapping a pig in banana leaves and burying it in a fire bit lined with stones where it is smoked for hours on end.

Here is the recipe


  • 4lb Pork Shoulder (pork Butt) roast, cut into two pieces
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of Hickory liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp coarse Kosher Salt


  1. Press Saute to pre-heat the cooker.  When the word “hot” appears on the display add cooking oil to the cooking pot.  Brown each half of the roast separately. (pretty sure I used too much cooking oil when I browned my roast halves.) Remove to platter when browned.
  2. Turn pressure cooker off and add water and liquid smoke to the cooking pot. (I added a little bit first and let it crackle with a screen over it to guard from flying oil)  Add browned roasts and any accumulated juices to the pot. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the pork roasts.
  3. Press “pressure cook” and then use the + button to set to 90 minutes (actually you have to set it to 1 hour and 30 minutes because it doesn’t do “90” minutes) When the beep sounds use a natural release to release pressure (about 20 minutes) When valve drops, carefully remove lid.
  4. Remove meat from the cooker and shred with two forks (discarding excess fat as you shred) Add some of the juices from the pressure cooker to moisten the meat. 
  5. Serve

Here’s how it turned out!!

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