Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is one of our tried and true slow cooker recipes—now adapted for the Instant Pot!
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This Dr. Pepper pulled pork recipe is the most simple and delicious and one of the easy meals you can ever have. The great thing is it needs a few minutes of prep.
We love the convenience of making this in the Instant Pot. It cooks up so fast and the pork comes out moist and full of flavor.
Here is what you need to make our Dr Pepper Pulled pork in the Instant Pot:
PULLED PORK INGREDIENTS:
- Pork Shoulder Roast
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Seasoned Salt
- Black Pepper
- Dr. Pepper Soda
- BBQ Sauce
Everything else you’ll need for this pulled pork recipe:
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How to make Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork:
Start by rubbing your pork roast with your desired amount of seasonings and place roast in Instant Pot.
You could even sear it using the Sauté button if desired.
We love keeping things simple, though. We’ve just thrown the roast in with the seasoning and it tastes great!
Next, pour the Dr. Pepper and BBQ sauce in the pot with the roast.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it into place. Set the knob to SEALING, not venting.
Push the Manual or Pressure Cook button and set it for 60 minutes. Let it cook at high pressure. When it is done cooking, you can do a natural or quick release.
Then, shred the roast with two forks (it should fall apart easily) and serve on top of hamburger buns. For a healthier option, we think it’s delicious on top of a simple salad. You also can make pork sandwiches with shredded pork. If you can make the pork tacos and pork nachos, it’s a plus.
Need extra sauce with your pulled pork?
After shredding, we like to keep the meat in the extra liquid. We use a slotted spoon to serve.
You can also add more barbecue sauce if desired. This will make a thicker sauce.
What if I don’t have Dr. Pepper?
If you don’t have a can of Dr. Pepper on hand, no worries! You can exchange the Dr. Pepper in this recipe with Coke or Root Beer. You could even try Cherry Coke.
The soda tenderizes the meat while adding flavor. Adding the soda helps make a tasty meat that falls apart and stays moist.
The soda also serves as the liquid you need for your Instant Pot to come to pressure. Don’t worry about needing to add any extra water.
When should I make Pulled Pork?
Our Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is perfect for:
- Quick and easy family dinner—dads and kids alike will rave about this flavorful pulled pork.
- Feeding a crowd—have a houseful of hungry teens or have your neighbors over for dinner? This easy recipe is just right!
Tasty meal after a long day—many of our readers work full time and just need something they can make without much effort. The best thing is this recipe is perfect for such an occasion that can reduce cooking time. Additionally and the meat freezes well in Ziploc bags.
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HOW TO SHRED PULLED PORK
When the bbq pulled pork is finished cooking in the slow cooker, move the meat to a large mixing bowl. You can shred it the following ways:
How to turn this into a freezer meal:
Place roast, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, black pepper, Dr. Pepper, and BBQ sauce into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Place freezer bag into freezer and it will last up to 60 days.
When ready to use, dump ingredients from bag into Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup of beef broth or water in with the frozen food as cooking liquid.
Place the lid on top, move the valve to SEALING, and press the MANUAL button. Set timer for 90-100 minutes (or about 30 minutes per pound of your roast).
Do a NATURAL RELEASE when the timer is done – I even like to let it sit in the Instant Pot for a few hours so that it falls apart so easily on the bottom of the pot. Follow the rest of the instructions as written.
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Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe
- 3 pounds pork shoulder roast 1 roast (best cut of pork)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 12 ounces Dr. Pepper 1 can
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce
- Rub pork roast with garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, and pepper. Place roast in Instant Pot.
- Pour Dr. Pepper and your favorite BBQ sauce on top of roast.
- Place lid on the Instant Pot and lock in place. Set the knob to sealing, not venting.
- Push the Manual button and set for 60 minutes. If your roast is bigger, cook it for longer.
- (For example if you have a 5 pound roast, you will need to cook it for 90 minutes.)
- Using two forks
- Using Bear Claws
- Using an electric mixer or Kitchen Aid
How to turn this into a freezer meal:Place leftover pork, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, black pepper, chili powder, Dr. Pepper, and BBQ sauce into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Place freezer bag into freezer and it will last up to 60 days. When ready to use, dump ingredients from bag into Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup of beef broth or little water in with the frozen food. Place the lid on top, move the valve to SEALING, and press the MANUAL button. Set timer for 90-100 minutes (or about 30 minutes per pound of your roast). Do a NATURAL RELEASE when the timer is done – I even like to let it sit in the Instant Pot for a few hours so that it falls apart so easily. Follow the rest of the instructions as written.
- Instant Pot
- Bear Claws
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