Pressure-Cooker Bo Ssam Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Cook: 1 hour + releasing


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 27, 2023
Here's an hour-and-a-half version of the legendary eight-plus-hour <i>bo ssam</i> lettuce wraps. The Korean-inspired barbecue sauce provides a savory backdrop for the bright, fresh flavors of cilantro and pickles. Don't skip the broiling step! That's where the pork fat and sugar transform the soft shreds into wonderful crispy bits. —Kelly Burnham, Palmdale, California
Pressure-Cooker Bo Ssam Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 12 brioche hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Chopped lettuce, bread and butter pickle slices, thinly sliced jalapeno pepper and fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Combine 1/2 cup salt and sugar; rub onto all sides of roast. Wrap pork in foil; place in a shallow dish. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Unwrap pork. Using a kitchen knife, scrape salt and sugar coating from roast; discard any accumulated juices. Transfer pork to a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker; add water. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 60 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes; quick-release any remaining pressure.
  3. Remove roast to a cutting board; let rest 15 minutes. Pour cooking liquid into a glass measuring cup and let fat rise to surface. Skim fat; discard. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid; discard remaining cooking liquid. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with 2 forks. Place shredded meat in a foil-lined rimmed baking pan.
  4. Preheat broiler. In a small bowl, combine barbecue sauce and gochujang. Stir in brown sugar, vinegar and reserved cooking juices. Pour over pork; toss to coat.
  5. Broil 3-4 in. from heat until pork is crispy, 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; spread over cut sides of buns. Place pork mixture on bun bottoms. Top with lettuce, pickles, jalapeno and cilantro; replace bun tops.

Can you freeze Pressure-Cooker Bo Ssam Sandwiches?

Before broiling, freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring gently; add broth if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 464 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 1156mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.