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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.

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dinner
American
Yield: 18 servings
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Root Beer Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

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 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 20 M

ingredients:

  • 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

instructions:

How to cook Root Beer Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

  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. 
Calories
366.89
Fat (grams)
24.53
Sat. Fat (grams)
8.84
Carbs (grams)
5.39
Fiber (grams)
0.05
Net carbs
5.34
Sugar (grams)
4.99
Protein (grams)
29.19
Sodium (milligrams)
125.78
Cholesterol (grams)
108.36
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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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Tuesday 14th of May 2019

I am so excited to try this!!!

Carlee

Saturday 8th of June 2019

I hope you love it!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

I will be trying this recipe, it sure looks tasty! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and you have a great week! Miz Helen

Carlee

Wednesday 8th of May 2019

I hope you like it, Miz Helen!

Amy

Monday 29th of April 2019

The root beer in here sounds fabulous!

Carlee

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!

Carlee

Wednesday 8th of May 2019

We love a good float too! Thank yo!