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Instant Pot Shredded Barbecue Beef (gluten/nightshade free, AIP/paleo)

Using your InstantPot to cook big hunks of meat is as perfect as its slow cooking cousin, the crockpot! But the key to getting the best result, searing it in a cast iron skillet before putting it into the InstantPot. So be sure not to skip that step of this recipe!!

In lue of my quick and easy series I am releasing this week, I want to encourage you to make this recipe your own! Feel free to swap the beef for pork and if you're not on the Autoimmune Protocol, and can tolerate nightshades, feel free to use another organic barbecue sauce! Or even make your own by using my recipe for Tangy South Carolina Style Barbacue Sauce or my Blueberry Maple Barbecue Sauce which you can click on or find in the sauce & stuff section of my recipes! 

I encourage you to make it your own and have fun in the kitchen doing so! 

This recipe is nutrient dense, Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) friendly, lower carb, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free, paleo, primal, & keto friendly!

What Makes this High-Vibing Food?

  • First and foremost, putting your own love, gratitude, time and energy into making foods at home will automatically raise the vibration of the foods/meal. This will also help to balance your sacral and heart chakras. Putting your love into the food you prepare will literally raise the vibrational frequency as love is the highest vibration out there!

  • You are what you eat and what your food eats. Using organic, GMO free, free/pasture raised, wild caught, minimally processed ingredients lead to an overall higher vibrational frequency. Basically, eating organic provides us extra energy currency!

  • This dish is rich in protein, which is grounding and protective. It also supports the root chakra.

  • This recipe is full of healthy fats and/or oils, which supports the sacral chakra.

  • Contains iron, which is supportive for your root chakra.

  • Contains zinc, which is needed for thousands of chemical reactions in your body involving protein, so it is also supportive to the root chakra.

  • Contains yellow/tan/golden colored foods, which help raise the body’s frequency to that of the solar plexus, helping to balance it.

  • As a whole, the spices in this recipe, work through the third eye chakra.

A Short Note on Swaps or Ingredients:

*While I cannot guarantee that using these swaps will yield the same flavors I have create in this recipe, these swaps should generally work well! *

  • If you're avoiding nightshades or in the strict phase of the AIP, KC Naturals Cherry BBQ Sauce is an amazing convenience item that works wonderfully in this recipe! But if you can't find it or don't have the time to order it, feel free to replace it with either of my nightshade free BBQ sauces, my Tangy South Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce or my Blueberry Maple Barbecue Sauce. If you can tolerate nightshades, feel free to use your favorite low sugar, gluten free BBQ sauce instead!

  • If you cannot find a sirloin roast, any other tougher cut or beef or pork will do in place of it!

Equipment Needed to Create this Recipe:

  • Instantpot

  • cast iron skillet

  • tongs

  • measuring cups/spoons

  • 2 forks, or a stand mixer with the cookie dough paddle


Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Beef

(gluten free, nightshade free, & AIP/paleo)

Prep time: 12-20 minutes Cook time: 2-3 hours Yield: 4-6


  • ~1.5 lbs. sirloin roast 

  • 1 cup water or bone broth

  • 1-2 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt

  • ½ tsp. garlic granules

  • KC Naturals Cherry BBQ sauce (or one of my nightshade/AIP friendly BBQ sauces above; or if you're not AIP, feel free to use your favorite BBQ sauce instead!)

How to Create this Recipe:

  1. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Salt the meat well. Once the skillet is hot, sear the roast on all sides, for approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side, until a nice caramelized seared look has formed. 

  2. Place the roast in the instant pot with liquid of choice and then sprinkle in the garlic granules. Then, cover with the lid and close the steam valve. Click the manual button, high-pressure and then click the up-arrow button until you set it for 40 minutes. The countdown will start when the pressure has built up. 

  3. Once it is finished, release the pressure and check the meat. If it doesn’t easily shred, place the lid back on and set for 20 more minutes.

  4. Once the meat is done cooking, remove it from the instant pot liner (leaving the liquid behind) and place it into a large bowl. With two forks, shred the meat. Depending on how saucy you want the meat, add the desired amount of BBQ sauce (half the bottle for less sauce and a full bottle for very saucy) and mix until combined. 


  • Alternatively, you could do this in a crockpot. I recommend cooking this on low in the cook pot for for 6-8 hours.



Serving Size: 1 (based off of 4 servings total)

Calories: 606

Fat: 30 g

Carbs: 13 g

Protein: 57 g

*All nutritional information are estimations and will vary.


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