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Instant Pot Pork – One Meat Prep, 5 Delicious Meals!
After letting it sit in the box for a few weeks, scared to death of it, I finally pulled it out. Boy am I glad I finally got brave and fired that bad boy up! It is amazing how quickly the food cooks. So far my trials have included mashed potatoes, chicken a few different ways, and an amazing pork tenderloin.
In this post I am going to share with you a basic pulled pork recipe and how to make it into a 5 meals. One meat prep and 5 delicious meals. Now that is the way to meal plan!!
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Basic Pulled Pork
4 lb. Bonless Pork Loin or Shoulder Roast
1 1/2 c. Chicken Broth
2 cloves of garlic minced
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Chunk the pork into 4 equal chunks. Add chicken broth to bottom of Instant Pot. Place the pork piece into the pot. Season liberally with Salt & Pepper and top with minced garlic. Seal lid on cooker and set timer for manual high pressure at 60 minutes.
Once it is done cooking, allow it to naturally release pressure for 10-15 minutes and then finish releasing manually. Your pork is now fork tender and ready to be shredded. Remove as much fat as you can from the cooked meat and shred.
TIME SAVER TIP: Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment -` Place cooked meat in the mixer bowl and starting on low, shred for a few moments and increase speed for about 30 seconds.
Serve pulled pork with a veggie/salad and rice, pasta or beans for meal #1.
Store left over pork in fridge with some of the broth from the instant pot cooking liquid! You can freeze the leftover meat in ziptop bags, for making meals later. I love having cooked meat in the freeze for last minute meals or unexpected dinner guests!
BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
Prepared Pizza Crust (or use homemade)
1/2 c. alfredo sauce or ranch dressing
1 c. BBQ sauce – whatever is your favorite (no need to measure, just as much as you like really!!)
2 c. pulled pork
2 c. shredded cheese (I used mozzarella and cheddar jack, but ANYTHING works!)
Preheat your oven per the crust directions. Par bake it for 5 minutes & remove from oven. Mix the alfredo sauce and 1/4 c. of BBQ sauce. Spread over pizza crust. Crumble pulled pork over pizza crust. Drizzle BBQ sauce over the meat. Top with shredded cheese and drizzle more BBQ on top. Bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling. Allow to cool and serve!
Pork Fried Rice:
1 1/2 c. White Rice – cooked according to package directions
1 c. pulled pork
1 c. diced carrots
1 minced onion
1 c. diced celery
2 cloves minced garlic
1 T. sesame Oil
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 eggs – lightly beaten
Saute onion, carrots & celery in sesame oil in a LARGE skillet over medium/low heat. Cook just until tender. Add garlic and saute a few more minutes. Toss in pork. Add soy sauce and rice. Stir to coat rice. Push rice to one side of the skillet. Pour eggs in and scramble quickly. Mix together. Serve with egg rolls if desired!
2 c. Pulled Pork
Salsa, Sour Cream, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Olives, Jalapenos, etc. as preferred
Cook Pork with taco seasoning as directed on package. Serve over chips with desired toppings.
Super Saver Tip: Add a can of beans to your meat to stretch the quantity even further!
BBQ Pork Bowls
Left Over Pork
Your Favorite BBQ Sauce in a bottle
2 c. milk (whole is best – but please, nothing less than 2%!)
2 T. Butter
2 T. Flour
Salt & Pepper to Taste
In a skillet – warm the pork with your favorite BBQ. Heat very low and stir often. Meanwhile, prepare mashed potatoes as desired.
Using a small pot, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add the flour and stir constantly. Cook 5 minutes stirring often while the flour is cooked. Using a wisk, slowly add the milk to flour & butter mixture and keep stirring it to prevent clumps. Heat over medium low to a boil. Once it has thickened and boiled, add salt & pepper to taste.
Layer mashed potatoes, pork & gravy in a bowl. Enjoy!
Time Saver Tip: There are very good ‘country gravy’ mixes available in the spice and prepared meals aisles. Usually they cost about a dollar. Following the very simply directions on the packet works fast, tastes great, and saves a lot of time compared to making homemade white gravy!