Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork in White Wine

Of course I love barbecue sauce pulled pork, but sometimes I want something a little bit less pedestrian, if you know what I mean. A flavor that doesn’t ask for bread. That doesn’t remind me of fast food. A flavor that goes well with a salad and simple dressing. Or just a spoon of sour cream, or Dijon mustard. Or some stir-fried buttered greens. Or just by itself. Pure protein pleasure.

Shredded pork tenderloin in white wine.

I don’t have a fancy electric pressure cooker, or instant pot. I make do with a cheap, old style analogical pressure cooker. I used to be afraid of them and took me a long time of waiting a long time for food to cook to finally get one. When I was little, whenever the pressure cooker was on in the kitchen, whistling away – which happened almost daily, for black beans or condensed milk cans – I couldn’t get near it or it would EXPLODE ON MY FACE. Yes, it’s what I was told. Gently, like that.

No wonder it took me almost 40 years go find the courage to buy one. But not for beans or dulce de leche, of course. Instead, the call of quick pulled pork and beef brisket was too strong to ignore.

Ah, wine. A gift from the gods. Oh, pork. A gift from the gods. Let me combine them, because I’m never satisfied.

How to choose a keto friendly wine

Dry white wine is a heavenly keto friendly beverage that can be used in your cookery for amazing results. White wine is great for cheese and butter based white sauces, and fish. And pork.

You don’t need expensive white wine for cooking. Even the boxed stuff will do. But make sure you get a crisp wine – for drinking on keto these are the best as well.

Crisp white wines are dry and acidic, and that’s the feature that really brings the best out of your ingredients (besides the taste, of course). Crisp white wines are Sauvignon Blanc, dry Pinot Grigio or Gris, Pinot Blanc, Albariño, Torrontes and young Riesling. Getting a cheapo wine in a box on the lower shelf? No worries! Just make sure it says “dry” somewhere and you’re gold.

Wine: a natural meat tenderizer

The crisp white wine doesn’t serve only as a flavor booster. The acidic characteristic of the wine tenderizes the meat, because acids help soften the meat fibers. It is the same reason why vinegar, pineapple juice or lemon juice are always seen as an ingredient for pulled pork, or any meat that is cooked with the intention of shredding. Tomato paste, the main ingredient in BBQ sauce, can be used in this way as well.

Avoid putting acidic ingredients in aluminum pans

Avoid using aluminum pans when cooking with acid. My mom’s old pressure cooker was made of aluminum, and if you have one of these old style pressure cookers there’s a good chance yours is also. The acidic liquid makes aluminum leech into the food, and there are increasing suspicions that dietary aluminum poisoning might be a contributing cause to brain degenerative diseases in the elderly.

How long it takes to cook shredded pork

After combining the wine’s acid tenderizing action and the high psi for only 30 minutes, you’re gonna open the pan to find a pork with its fibers literally melted away. You need no effort to pull the pork apart. Really, no effort all. You know those plastic claws people buy to pull pork? No? Check it out. People actually spend money on this stuff. I won’t deny it looks cool, but if you cook the pork right it’s completely unnecessary.

If you follow this recipe to the letter, I promise that you can “pull” your pork by just pressing down on the meat with a wooden spoon. Yes, that’s how I did it. No Wolverine claws, no working around it with a couple of forks. Just take one wooden spoon, and smash the pork with it. Smash is too strong a word, actually, because you need to exert barely any strength at all. The pork might shred itself if you look at it wrong. You’ll see.


Shredded pork tenderloin in dry white wine, cooked in a pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork in White Wine

5 from 10 votes
In only 30 minutes under pressure, you’ll get the juiciest drunk pulled pork that is so tender it almost shreds itself.
Author: Pris Frank
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 3 to 4 pounds (~ 1.5 kg) pork tenderloin (or shoulder, see Notes)
  • ¼ cup (54 g) lard
  • ¼ cup (56 g) butter
  • 1 ¼ cup (300 g) dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons fenugreek powder
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • water as needed to reach “minimum” level of pressure cooker

Instructions
 

  • Cut the pork in manageable, even fist-sized chunks, to move easily inside the pan and increase browning surface.
  • Melt the butter and lard together in the pan.
  • With the heat on high, add the pork in batches, moving the pieces around to brown them up on all sides.
  • Remove the pork from the pan. Add a small amount of the white wine and deglaze the bits of browned pork from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add all the pork back to the pan, the remaining wine and the spices. Arrange the pieces so that they are at the same level.
  • If your pressure cooker has a minimum level mark and it hasn’t been reached, complete with water up to this level. Close the pressure cooker lid, and choose the highest pressure setting.
  • Put it on high heat until the pressure starts. When it starts whistling, turn the heat down to low. Start counting the 30 minutes.
  • After the 30 minutes under high pressure, turn off the stove. Let the pressure release naturally.
  • When you open the pan, the pork should be so tender as to be easily smashed with a wooden spoon.

Notes

I used pork tenderloin because it’s easier to find at a reasonable price in the country where I’m living, where all pork is imported (UAE). Pork tenderloin is a very tender and lean cut that shreds easily. This recipe can also be made with pork loin or shoulder, but you should increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
These directions are for a stove-top pressure cooker. If you have an electric one, follow the directions of the manufacturer.
Check the size of your pressure cooker: for safety and performance reasons, it’s not advisable to fill up by more than two-thirds.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 332kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 39gFat: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gNet Carbohydrates: 2g
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9 Comments

  1. Pulled pork in the instant pot is just perfect! Comes out so tender! Loved the flavor with the white wine!

  2. Pulled pork in itself is hard to resist, but when you add white wine to the recipe, it becomes an extra special dish to make. Yum!

  3. Oh yes Jacqueline, I am really torn in which is my favorite ingredient here: the wine or the pork? Hard to stop at one glass, though…

  4. Absolutely love that I can acheive that slow cooked pork taste and consistency with a pressure cooker! Sounds amazing!!

  5. What a delicious way to enjoy pulled pork! Super tasty and I can’t wait to try it.

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