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Instant Pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Recipe with Video

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Get ready to experience pulled pork as you’ve never experienced it before. This Instant Pot Dr Pepper pulled pork recipe is packed full of flavor. It's an Instant Pot pulled pork recipe you'll want to try with a flavor burst of seasoned pulled pork with every bite.

You can serve this over your favorite bun or rice. It’s an excellent main course meal or appetizer when served on finger rolls. Your whole family will be begging to eat this every night of the week.

Instant Pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork


  • olive oil
  • pork butt
  • Dr. Pepper
  • maple syrup
  • garlic powder
  • ground cumin
  • chili powder
  • liquid smoke

Supplies Used to Make Shredded Pork Pressure Cooker Recipe

  • Instant Pot - You can use an Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker for this recipe.
  • Meat shredders - This tool works great to shred meat quickly. You can also use two forks, but it will take longer.
  • Cutting board - A cutting board is best for laying the meat out to and shedding the pork.
  • Replacement silicone rings - It's a great idea to have an extra silicone ring on hand. Not only do you need to change your silicone ring out a couple of times a year, but it's also a great idea to use separate silicone rings for sweet vs. savory recipes.

Can you put Dr. Pepper in instant pot?

Yes, you can put Dr. Pepper in the Instant Pot. For this recipe, you’ll pour Dr. Pepper over your pulled pork to add an extra flavor to the pulled pork recipe.

Pour Dr. Pepper over your pulled pork

Can a pork loin be used for pulled pork?

You can use pork loin or a pork shoulder for your instant pot pulled pork recipe. Either cut of pork will work great to shred up for your pulled pork sandwiches.

Can I put frozen meat in instant pot?

Yes, you can put frozen meat in the Instant Pot but it’s not recommended for larger cuts of meat. It will take your instant pot longer to get up to temperature, thus creating a longer cook time if you opt to use frozen meat.

Some people like to use the Instant Pot to thaw meat, but I wouldn’t suggest using a frozen pork loin or pork shoulder to make this Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork. Allow your pork meat to fully thaw before starting this recipe.

How long should Pulled pork rest?

Pulled pork should rest for about 15 to 20 minutes. This allows your meat plenty of time to get to the perfect internal temperature for shredding.

You’ll want to cut your pork roast into smaller pieces for this recipe. It will allow the seasoning to get into every piece of your pork so that you can enjoy the flavorful seasonings with every bite of your pulled pork sandwich.

What would you serve with pulled pork?

This versatile dish is good with a number of sides. You can serve your Instant Pot Dr. Pepper pulled pork with:

There are so many sides that families enjoy with their Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe. I’ve shared a few ideas above to get your creative mind flowing to plan this as a full course meal with your family.

How can I eat pulled pork without bread?

If you want to enjoy your Instant Pot Pulled Pork without bread, that’s fine. You can easily skip the pulled pork sandwich and use bbq pulled pork on on tacos, mashed potatoes, in a wrap with hummus, or in a tortilla shell.

How long does pulled pork last in the fridge?

You can store the leftover instapot pork roast in your refrigerator for 3-4 days. Be sure to let your pulled pork cool down before placing it in an airtight container.

Store covered in your refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or your Instant Pot another day.

Can you freeze leftover pulled pork?

If you plan to use this Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe as part of your meal planning for the week, then you may be wondering if you can freeze leftover pulled pork.

The simple answer is yes. You can freeze this pressure cooker pork roast for later use.

Grab a freezer-safe container or plastic bag and put your Instant Pot shredded pork leftovers in. Make sure the bag or container is sealed tight and freeze for up approximately 6-8 months. I love these reusable glass freezer containers.

Instant Pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

How do I make Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork?

Gather up the list of ingredients below, your Instant Pot, and print my recipe card for the step-by-step instructions to make Instant Pot Pulled Pork for your next meal. It's an easy pulled pork recipe the whole family will enjoy.


How to shred pork?

So, can you shred pork loin? The answer is yes. When you cook pork to that fork-tender falling-apart doneness, it is easy to shred.

What are some leftover shredded pork recipes to use up my leftovers?

There are so many ways to use up leftover pork. Shredded pork tacos, bbq pulled pork recipe on buns, and a pork burrito bowl are a few favorites.

Can I use this recipe to make slow cooker shredded pork?

You can totally use this pressure cooker pulled pork recipe to make a shredded pork crock pot meal. You'll want to cook the pork on low for about 8 hours, or until it shreds easily.

Don't forget shredded pork recipes are also great for meal prep, because you can use that meat in a few different recipes

What is the best pork for pulled pork recipes?

Pulled pork meat can be made out of several types of pork meat. The best cut for pulled pork is a Boston butt pork roast, but you can also use a pork shoulder instead of butt roast, or make pork loin pulled pork.

Does it matter what kind of pressure cooker I use to make shredded pork?

No. You can use any type of pressure cooker that your pork roast will fit into correctly. Here are some suggestions: Instant Pot Duo Nova 8 qt, Ninja Foodi 6.5 qt, 6 qt Instant Pot, Instant Pot Duo Crisp, or Ninja Foodi recipes.

What are some pork tenderloin nutrition benefits?

Shredded pork loin Instant Pot nutrition benefits include pork having no carbs. Pressure cooker pork loin is also a good source of protein, as well as thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, zinc, and potassium.


Yield: 12

Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is a delicious meal that can be served in many ways. Serve pulled pork up on a salad, rice, as a sandwich, and more. This delicious pork butt Instant Pot recipe is so easy to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


How to Make Pulled Pork Instant Pot Recipe

  1. Turn the pressure cooker onto saute mode. Add olive oil and then sear pork on all sides. Turn off the saute mode.
  2. Add in Dr. Pepper and half of the syrup. Add half the seasonings.
  3. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and set for a manual pressure cooking time of 60 minutes.
  4. Allow for a complete natural pressure release.
  5. Remove meat from the pressure cooker and shred using two forks on a cutting board.
  6. Drain all but 1 cup of the cooking liquid from the inner pot, and then return the shredded pork to the instant pot.
  7. Add the remaining ½ of the maple syrup and seasonings, and the liquid smoke. Add additional seasonings if desired.
  8. Saute for 3-5 minutes while stirring to combine flavors.
  9. Serve in a variety of ways: buns, tacos, sliders, salad, etc.


Ways to Serve the Best Pulled Pork Recipe

  • Make a shredded pork taco recipe.
  • Add some BBQ pulled pork sauce and make a BBQ pork recipe.
  • Make a burrito bowl with rice and grilled vegetables.

Can I Make This a Pork Shoulder Instant Pot Recipe?

You can. Instant Pot pork recipes like this one make it easy to use a variety of cuts of pork. You can make it a pork loin Instant Pot recipe, pork should, butt recipes, and more. So, make it a shredded pork tenderloin recipe with an Instant Pot pork loin roast, or choose a different pork roast that's on sale.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 568Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 163mgSodium 138mgCarbohydrates 13gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 8gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 44g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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