Let your Instant Pot do the work with these Instant Pot Pulled Pork Banh Mi Sliders! While a pork shoulder typically takes all day to become fork tender, the Instant Pot cooks it in 90 minutes! The pork is shredded and placed on slider buns with quick pickled veggies and a spicy mayonnaise – perfect autumn evening or game day food!
There are some food experiences that are just better to let the restaurants do the cooking. I love cooking Asian cuisine, but there’s something about many of the dishes that are just impossible to recreate in my own kitchen. Until a few years ago, I thought the banh mi sandwich was one of those, but then I made them in my slow cooker and haven’t had to order one at a restaurant ever since.
Since I’m on an Instant Pot kick lately, I decided to give it a shot in my pressure cooker. I wanted to see if the Instant Pot could, in fact, make tender, shreddable pork shoulder as well as my slow cooker. The verdict? It sure can! It does, admittedly, take longer than many Instant Pot recipes that I’m used to, but it doesn’t take all day. I cooked it for 90 minutes after cutting the pork shoulder into three large chunks and it was perfectly tender.
What makes a really good banh mi sandwich?
So what really makes a banh mi sandwich a banh mi sandwich? This Vietnamese sandwich is really known for delicious pork, pickled veggies, and mayonnaise on a crusty roll. In this recipe for Instant Pot Pulled Pork Banh Mi Sliders, the pork marinade is pretty simple, consisting of soy sauce, brown sugar, fish sauce, ginger, and garlic. While I have gone to Asian markets to find fish sauce, I found it at Lund’s this time and was ecstatic to not have to make an extra grocery store stop with my toddler and infant sidekicks.
While the pork is amazing on its own, the toppings are what makes a banh mi special. The combination of tangy quick pickled veggies, which you can make while the pork is cooking, spicy mayonnaise, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro is so delicious!
You could certainly make these into regular sized sandwiches, but I chose to serve them on slider buns. If you want to make them a little more authentic, use a chewy baguette.
Making these into sliders makes them perfect for little ones, big parties, appetizers, potlucks, and game day. They will surely be a hit!