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This Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is an incredibly easy and crowd pleasing meal. With only 4 ingredients and a few simple steps you'll have a delicious and versatile shredded pork that can be used in so many delicious ways!

Most Delicious Pulled Pork Sandwich You'll Ever Try

This incredibly delicious pulled pork literally falls apart. It doesn’t get any easier or tastier than this!

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.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Before we get started, here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

These are the items I used to prep and make this recipe:

  • One thing I can’t stand is handling raw meat with my bare hands. So, I use these metal tongs anytime I’m handling raw meat. I’ve tried both plastic and silicone tongs but these metal tongs have always been the best.
  • For measuring the Dr. Pepper, I used my one cup measuring cup. It’s very convenient for measuring small volumes of liquid. Since I was measuring two cups of barbecue sauce, I used my four cup measuring cup for that.
  • I shredded the pork on my favorite cutting board. It’s not only beautiful but well constructed and just the right size.
  • This prep bowl is one of my favorites because it’s heavy and doesn’t move around a lot when mixing things in it. I used it to mix the barbecue sauce into the shredded pork.
Appliances & Cookware

This recipe calls for 8 lbs. of meat. That’s a lot of meat! My 8-quart Instant Pot handled it without a problem though.

Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories

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Must-Have Instant Pot Cookbooks

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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 this 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 the Dr. Pepper & Barbecue Sauce

Place the chopped onion in the Instant Pot and sauté for about 3 minutes.

Saute Onions In The Instant Pot

Then mix in the Dr. Pepper and the barbecue sauce. This is our favorite barbecue sauce.

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. The 8 lbs. 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 tortilla 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!

Cuisine:
  • American
Best Served As:
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Pork shoulder cooked in Dr. Pepper and barbecue sauce.

Most Delicious Pulled Pork Sandwich You'll Ever Try

Feed a crowd with this incredibly easy and delicious Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork recipe. The succulent shredded pork can be used in so many ways!

Servings:28
Difficulty:Super easy
Cooking Method(s):
  • Instant Pot
Pressure Level:High
Program:Manual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
1hour:40minutes
Pressure Release
25 minute NPR
Total Time
2hours:25minutes
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Ingredients

 8 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 4 pieces
 2 cups sweet onion, chopped
 1 cup Dr. Pepper
 2 cups barbecue sauce

Directions

1

Set the Instant Pot to Sauté and let warm.

2

Brown the pork shoulder in the Instant Pot. Remove once it has browned on all sides.

3

Add the chopped onion and Sauté in the pork fat for 3 minutes. Now is a good time to deglaze the bottom of the pot if there are any pieces of meat stuck to the bottom.

4

Add the Dr. Pepper to the onion and stir. Then add your favorite barbecue sauce to the pot and stir.

5

Place the pork shoulder into the Instant Pot, turn the Sauté mode off and then close the lid.

6

Ensure that the pressure release handle is set to sealing.

7

Cook on Manual / Pressure Cook, High Pressure for 100 minutes.

8

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.

9

Ensure that all the pressure has been released before opening the pot.

10

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 (it's mostly fat from the pork).

11

Place the pork on a cutting board and shred. You now have a delicious pulled pork that can be used to make so many different meals.

Kitchen Tools

This is a list of the kitchen tool, utensils and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Notes

Some things you should know about this Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork recipe.

Reheat on the stove. If you’re making any of my serving suggestions with the leftover pork and are pulling it out of the refrigerator, make sure you heat the pork on the stove beforehand.

Yes, it does say 100 minutes. I know 100 minutes seems like a lot of time but this is how you’ll get a pork shoulder that will be fall-apart good! I’ve tried cooking the pork for a shorter time but it didn’t turn out nearly as tender and juicy.

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Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for serving your Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork.

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.

Ingredients

 8 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 4 pieces
 2 cups sweet onion, chopped
 1 cup Dr. Pepper
 2 cups barbecue sauce

Directions

1

Set the Instant Pot to Sauté and let warm.

2

Brown the pork shoulder in the Instant Pot. Remove once it has browned on all sides.

3

Add the chopped onion and Sauté in the pork fat for 3 minutes. Now is a good time to deglaze the bottom of the pot if there are any pieces of meat stuck to the bottom.

4

Add the Dr. Pepper to the onion and stir. Then add your favorite barbecue sauce to the pot and stir.

5

Place the pork shoulder into the Instant Pot, turn the Sauté mode off and then close the lid.

6

Ensure that the pressure release handle is set to sealing.

7

Cook on Manual / Pressure Cook, High Pressure for 100 minutes.

8

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.

9

Ensure that all the pressure has been released before opening the pot.

10

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 (it's mostly fat from the pork).

11

Place the pork on a cutting board and shred. You now have a delicious pulled pork that can be used to make so many different meals.

Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
This Dr. Pepper pulled pork will leave everyone raving! So easy, and so delicious! Instant Pot perfection!