Best Instant Pot Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

The best instant pot pulled pork you will every make! This amazing recipe gives you a pot full of flavorful pulled pork in under two hours!

This pulled pork recipe is made with a pork butt and cooked with Dr. Pepper, liquid smoke, and a variety of tasty spices. We love cooking pulled pork in the instant pot because it is ready in just a few hours. It’s perfect for those days when you don’t have time to let it slow cook in your crockpot all day.

Close up of pulled pork in a bun on a white plate.
Cover images for three of Aileen Clark's Cookbooks with the words "order my cookbooks today!".

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

I love a recipe that I can throw together in my instant pot and come back to in an hour or so with enough food to feed a crowd. This instant pot pulled pork recipe is perfect for serving during the big game or Sunday dinner. 

I love cooking up big cuts of meat because they usually feed my family twice. Which means, I get to take a night off of cooking! Plus, leftovers are usually just as good, if not better the next day. Some other recipes you might like are Instant Pot Pot RoastCrockpot Beef TacosInstant Pot Roast Beef, and Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Loin. Make sure you pick up our Instant Pot Cookbook, too!

If you have an air fryer, we highly recommend our recipe for Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops!

Join our instant pot recipe sharing group on Facebook!

Overhead shot of instant pot pulled pork on a white plate.

What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?

The best cut of meat for pulled pork is one that has a good amount of fat in it. We use pork butt (sometimes called pork shoulder) but you can also use pork loin, if desired. 

A pulled pork sandwich on a white plate with striped towel in background.

What should I serve with pulled pork?

Serve pulled pork on rolls, in tacos, or on nachos. Serve the pulled pork with:

–>Sign up for our Newsletter<–

A pulled pork sandwich piled high with red cabbage and lettuce.
5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

The best instant pot pulled pork you will every make! This amazing recipe gives you a pot full of flavorful pulled pork in under two hours!

Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword dr pepper pulled pork, instant pot dr pepper pulled pork, instant pot pulled pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Calories 682 kcal
Author Aileen Clark


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5- pound pork butt
  • 12 ounces Dr. Pepper
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke


  1. Pres sauté on the instant pot and add the olive oil.
  2. Sear pork on all sides. Turn the instant pot off.
    Pork being sautéed in instant pot.
  3. Pour in Dr. Pepper and half of the maple syrup and half the seasonings.
    Dr. Pepper being poured into instant pot.
  4. Close the lid and set the pressure release valve to sealing.
  5. Press the manual or pressure cook button and set to 60 minutes.
  6. Natural pressure release.
  7. Remove meat from the pressure cooker and shred using two forks.
    Shredded pulled pork.
  8. Drain all but 1 cup of the cooking liquid from the inner pot, and then return the shredded pork to the instant pot.
  9. Mix in the remaining maple syrup and seasonings. Add in the liquid smoke.
  10. Press the sauté button. Bring the liquid to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
    Pork being cooked with additional liquid and spices and stirred with wooden spoon.
  11. Remove from heat and serve.
    A pulled pork sandwich with top bun sliding off to the side.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 682 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Polyunsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 195mg65%
Sodium 166mg7%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 53g106%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Save this recipe for later on Pinterest.

Collage photo of pulled pork sandwiches with words "instant pot pulled pork"

Did you try this recipe for instant pot pulled pork? Let us know what you thought with a rating and comment. You can also tag us in your recipes creations on social media using @aileencooks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.