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Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

You have just found the most perfect savory sandwich! Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches will be a hit for family dinner OR at your next gathering. The pork turns out perfectly tender and packed with flavor every time and tastes like it has been slow cooking all day long.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 679.92kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • Instant Pot


  • 12 oz coca-cola sub with Dr. Pepper or chicken broth
  • 15 oz bbq sauce jar; reserve 1/2 cup for topping sandwiches
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 lb pork shoulder cut into chunks
  • Hamburger buns for serving
  • Extra bbq sauce and pickles for topping


  • Add the coca-cola (or Dr Pepper or broth), bbq sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper to the Instant Pot. Mix well. Place the pork pieces into the liquid and stir.
  • Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 45 minutes on high pressure. It will take the IP around 15 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
  • When cooking time is done, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes then set to Quick Release. Let the float valve drop and remove the cover.
  • Remove pork from the pot and shred. Return shredded pork to the pot and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Serve on hamburger buns with extra bbq sauce and pickle slices for toppings.


  • I have made this recipe using both soda and broth and my favorite version BY FAR is the soda version. I do not like soda, but in this recipe? YUM.
  • I recommend cutting the pork into chunks before cooking it in order for it to cook more thoroughly (and just so it fits!).
  • If you have leftovers that sit in the fridge overnight, you may encounter a layer of fat on the top when you remove the cover. Pork is a fattier meat, so this is normal. You can either remove it and reheat it OR leave it and allow the fat to melt back into the meat mixture.


Calories: 679.92kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.92g | Protein: 41.07g | Fat: 37.27g | Saturated Fat: 13.47g | Cholesterol: 153.71mg | Sodium: 1160.22mg | Fiber: 0.94g | Sugar: 34.89g
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