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Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe

If you’re an Instant Pot pro or just joining the craze, our Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork needs to be on your meal rotation. With only a handful of ingredients, this Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is sweet, delicious, and makes an amazing dinner!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dr. pepper pulled pork, Easy Instant Pot Recipe, Instant Pot pork, pulled pork
Servings: 8
Calories: 236kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Bear Claws


  • 3 pounds pork shoulder roast 1 roast
  • 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 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.)


When the bbq pulled pork is finished cooking in the Instant Pot, move the meat to a large mixing bowl. You can shred it the following ways:
  • Using two forks
  • Using Bear Claws
  • Using an electric mixer or Kitchen Aid

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.
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.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg