It doesn’t get any easier or tastier than this! An incredibly delicious pulled pork that literally falls apart. And, the best part, it can be eaten in so many ways when you’re done!

From pulled pork bbq sandwiches to pork tacos to pork nachos, the possibilities are awesome! I had never made pulled pork before, so I was worried about being successful. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make pulled pork in the Instant Pot.

Pulled Pork In The Instant Pot

It’s so much faster than making it in a slow cooker, and it was so easy to shred once the pork was cooked.

It was a HUGE amount of pork, 8 lbs. to be exact. I thought we would have to freeze some of it, but it turns out in a few days it was all gone! That’s what 5 kids will do to any dreams of saving food in the freezer 😉

The first thing I made was pulled pork sandwiches, this was the family favorite!

Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich

With the leftovers, I also made shredded pork tacos and a couple days later, I made shredded pork nachos!

All 3 meals were delicious and they were enjoyed by all 5 kiddos alike.

How To Make Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Like I said, I had never made pulled pork before so I was a little intimidated. I looked through so many recipes. Some called for brine while many called for a rub. It all sounded like too much effort and complication. I mean, I have 5 kids and don’t have time for concocting some super duper rub that requires a laundry list of spices. I needed something simple that everyone would love. So, I came up with the this recipe.

Watch Me Make This Pulled Pork Recipe

Gather The Ingredients

4 ingredients. That’s it! No brine. No rub. Just pork, Dr. Pepper, barbecue sauce and an onion.

BBQ Pulled Pork Ingredients

Ingredients for Pulled Pork

Delicious fall apart pork in about 2 hours!

Fall-Apart Pulled Pork

Brown the Pork Shoulder

First, you’ll want to use the Sauté feature on the Instant Pot to brown the pork.

Instant Pot Saute Feature

I cut the 8 lbs pork shoulder into 4 pieces to make it easier to handle and made sure to get each piece nice and brown on all sides.

Browning Pork Shoulder In The Instant Pot

You can set the pork aside after browning it.

Sauté the Onion and Then Mix in Dr. Pepper & Barbecue Sauce

Place the chopped onion in the Instant Pot and sauté for about 3 minutes. Mix in the Dr. Pepper and the barbecue sauce. Our favorite barbecue sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Saute Onions In The Instant Pot

Dr. Pepper, Bar-B-Que Sauce And Onions Are The Base For This Pulled Pork

Cook The Pork Shoulder

Arrange the pork in the Instant Pot. 8 pounds of pork fit perfectly into my 8 quart pot.

Browned Pork Shoulders In The Instant Pot

Close your Instant Pot and set to sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 100 minutes. Do a NPR (natural pressure release) for 25 min, and then release any remaining pressure before opening the pot.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Settings

Shred The Cooked Pork

Remove the pork from the Instant Pot, place on a cutting board and shred with a pair of forks. Note: when you remove the pork from the Instant Pot, be careful because it will try to fall apart on you.

Pork Shoulder Is So Easy To Shred

What I Made With My Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

For pulled pork sandwiches, I added more barbecue sauce to the shredded pork and mixed it in well. Since my family loves Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce, that’s what I used. I then served it with pickles on a potato bun! Yum!

Mixing Bar-B-Que Sauce Into Shredded Pork

Making A Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Tacos

For the pork tacos, I heated up some leftover pork on the stove, and served it on warm tortillas. I didn’t season the pork with anything additional. I topped with pico and sour cream.

Pulled Pork Nachos

For the nachos, I heated the remaining leftover pork on the stove and then seasoned it with Longhorn Steakhouse Grill Seasoning. Next, I placed chips on a cookie sheet and sprinkled the pork on top of the chips. I then topped the chips with shredded cheese, jalapeños, black beans, corn, pico de gallo and put them in the oven at 375 degrees until the cheese melted. After removing the nachos from the oven, I added sour cream .

Pulled pork 3 different ways! I hope you will give this pulled pork a try and let me know how it turns out. Or, maybe you can come up with another way to eat it!

If you still don’t have an Instant Pot, make sure you check out my post on why I’m loving mine!

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

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This pulled pork is mouth-wateringly delicious!


  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup Dr. Pepper
  • 2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 8 lbs Pork Shoulder (cut into 4 pieces)


  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté and let warm.
  • Brown pork shoulder in Instant Pot.
  • Remove pork shoulder once it has browned on all sides.
  • Add chopped onion and sauté in pork fat for 3 minutes.
  • Add Dr. Pepper and stir.
  • Add barbecue sauce and stir.
  • Place pork shoulder into the Instant Pot.
  • Turn the Instant Pot off and then close the lid.
  • Ensure that the pressure release handle is set to sealing.
  • Cook on high pressure for 100 minutes. I know it seems like a lot of time but this is how you’ll get a pork shoulder that will be fall-apart good!
  • Once the Instant Pot has completed cooking, use the natural pressure release NPR method. I usually let it NPR for 25 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
  • Ensure that all the pressure has been released before opening the pot.
  • Carefully remove the whole pork from the Instant Pot. It’s going to want to fall apart on you as you are taking it out 🙂 You can discard the liquid in the Instant Pot.
  • Place on a cutting board and shred.
  • You now have a delicious pulled pork that can be used to make so many different meals.

What to Make With the Pulled Pork

Note: If you’re making any of the following with leftover pork and are pulling it out of the refrigerator, make sure you heat the pork on the stove beforehand.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches: Mix the desired amount of your favorite barbecue sauce into the shredded pork and serve on a bun! This makes for some amazing pulled pork sandwiches.

Tacos: Feel free to try mixing your favorite taco or meat seasoning into the shredded pork. Serve on a warm corn or flour tortilla and add your favorite taco toppings. Some topping suggestions: pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro and sour cream.

Nachos: Mix your favorite taco or meat seasoning into the shredded pork. Place tortilla chips on a cookie sheet and sprinkle the pork on top of the chips. Top with all your favorite nacho toppings. Some suggestions: shredded cheese, jalapeños, black beans, corn, pico de gallo, black olives and sour cream.  Place the nachos in the oven at 375 degrees until the cheese is melted.

Make sure you watch the video of this recipe. You can check it out here.

If you need more information on using and getting the most out of your Instant Pot, check out these resources.