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Root Beer Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

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Succulent and flavorful pulled pork doesn’t have to take all day! This root beer braised pork is made quick and easy in the instant pot.

close up of a pulled pork sandwich with bbq sauce

        Pulled pork is one of our favorite party meals. Usually it takes all day on the smoker or in the slow cooker, but it doesn’t have to. This root beer pulled pork can be made on a weeknight with the help of a pressure cooker!

        I have long been curious about those pulled pork recipes that are braised in soda (or maybe pop depending on where you live.) I bought some root beer a while back to give it a try.

       But life is busy and I was having issues thinking to make it early enough to actually get it done. Braising in a slow cooker is easy to do, but it does require planning as it takes a while.

browned pieces of pork in instant pot with a 2 liter of root beer.

        Plus, if you want to brown the meat first you have two whole dirty pans. The inhumanity of it all!

        So I finally got my wits about me and made it in the instant pot instead. That solved both of my problems!

pouring root beer over pork in pressure cooker.

       First, you can brown the meat right in the instant pot. So there is no dirty skillet to clean. Secondly dinner is done in just over an hour by the time it’s all said and done.

        You don’t have to suffer all day smelling deliciousness that won’t be edible for hours upon hours!  The aromas will be around just long enough to get you ready for a fabulous supper.

         So grab some buns and whip up some creamy coleslaw.  We had ours with some macaroni and cheese too.

macaroni and cheese topped with pulled pork and bbq sauce.

        It’s an economical way to feed a crowd, but you certainly don’t have to have one to enjoy pulled pork.

       In fact, pulled pork leftovers are super versatile.  They are one of my favorite things to repurpose.

        These leftovers would be fabulous is creamy bbq pulled pork spaghetti. It is an unexpected twist on a bbq dinner.

root beer pulled pork sandwich with creamy coleslaw on top in front of instant pot.

        If spaghetti isn’t what you are craving, maybe you’d prefer a bbq pulled pork rice skillet. It’s an all in one meal that’s made right on the stove top.

        If you haven’t tried bbq pulled pork enchiladas yet, you are really missing out. The sour cream cheese sauce is out of this world.

pulled pork on bun with macaroni and cheese and instant pot in background.

        In fact, now I’m worried I don’t have nearly enough leftovers to make all of these good dinners. I need to put more pork butt on my grocery list!

      What are your favorite ways to use pulled pork leftovers?

Head over to check out my tips, tricks and recipes for indoor pulled pork goodness! I share more ways to make great pulled pork in the slow cooker and oven too.

Yield: 18 Servings

Root Beer Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

pulled pork sandwich with bbq sauce on bun.

Succulent and flavorful pulled pork doesn’t have to take all day! This root beer braised pork is made quick and easy in the instant pot.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 4-6 pounds pork butt (shoulder)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 cups root beer
  • desired amount of BBQ sauce


  1. Cut pork butt into several large chunks, about fist size or slightly larger is good. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in instant pot, using the saute function. Once the oil is hot, brown the pork a few pieces at a time. Work in batches so as to not overcrowd the pan. 
  3. Add all of the meat back into the pressure cooker, then add garlic powder and root beer.
  4. Put the lid on the instant pot, then cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.  Allow to release naturally for 15 minutes, then release the pressure. 
  5. Reserve 1/2-1 cup of cooking liquid, with any grease removed. 
  6. Shred pork, then add back the desired amount of cooking liquid. Add BBQ sauce to taste. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Succulent and flavorful pulled pork doesn't have to take all day! This root beer braised pork is made quick and easy in the instant pot.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

I am so excited to try this!!!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

I hope you love it!


Monday 29th of April 2019

The root beer in here sounds fabulous!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

It's a great braising liquid!

Andrea Nine

Monday 29th of April 2019

This really makes me ready for summer because I love root beer in a frosted mug in the summer! Root Beer flavor is so fabulous so I can only imagine how it enhances this wonderful recipe! Happy Monday girl!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

We love a good float too! Thank yo!

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