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Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Total Time: 75 minutes


  • 1 (2 pound) pork butt or pork shoulder, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle root beer
  • BBQ sauce (recipe follows)
  • 8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted


BBQ sauce:
1 teaspoon paprika
1/3 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons light molasses
2 tablespoons grated onion
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon liquid smoke


  1. Plug in the IP with insert set in place.
  2. Add the pork and root beer into the IP.
  3. Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.
  4. Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 60 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  5. The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.
  6. Once at pressure, the display will reflect 60 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.
  7. When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 60 minutes, allow your IP to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes. While naturally releasing pressure (also known as NPR or NR), the display will reflect numbers counting up from 1. The numbers indicate how many minutes the IP has stopped cooking since it beeped (or how many minutes it has been naturally releasing pressure).  No need to touch your IP while it naturally releases pressure.
  8. When the display reflects 15 (which is 15 minutes since the IP has beeped), turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it’s safe to open.
  9. Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).
  10. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and transfer into a large bowl. Discard the remaining liquid in the IP and return the pork back to the now empty IP.
  11. Whisk the BBQ sauce ingredients in a medium bowl; Add the BBQ sauce to the pork in the IP and shred as you toss to coat. Fill the hamburger buns with the pork and serve.
  • Author: Bethanie Bates
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes

Keywords: root beer, pulled pork