Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches in the Pressure Cooker

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches in the Pressure Cooker |

Tender pulled-pork in a sweet root beer barbecue sauce cooked in the pressure cooker for a slow cooked taste in a fraction of the time. 

Have you seen the new Recipe Girl Cookbook yet? It’s filled with wonderful recipes perfect for every day and special occasions. Lori recently gave me a copy of her cookbook to review. I’ve bookmarked several of the recipes to make, but her Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandiwch recipe seemed perfect for Pressure Cooking Today. I adapted it for the pressure cooker from her slow cooker recipe.


I didn’t have onion soup mix on hand, so I used a dry onion soup mix substitute. I also cut my pork shoulder in to four pieces so it would cook more quickly and evenly in the pressure cooker (an America’s Test Kitchen tip). You get the great taste of the original recipe, but the cook time is reduced from 11 hours to only 50 minutes.

The Recipe Girl cookbook also has a slow cooker baked beans recipe that would make a perfect pressure cooker recipe. Also, Lori baked her chewy, delicious Snickerdoodle Blondies for us to eat at the Big Traveling Potluck last month. If you’re a Snickerdoodle fan, you should pick up the book and give them a try too.

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches in the Pressure Cooker

Yield: 10 sandwiches

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches in the Pressure Cooker


  • 1 5- to 6-pound bone-in pork butt/shoulder roast
  • 1 1-ounce envelope dried onion soup mix*
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup root beer (I used Mug)
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • 10 regular-size hamburger buns, your favorite kind


  1. Trim the pork roast of excess fat, getting rid of large, visible slabs. Place the roast on a work surface and cut in to four crosswise pieces.
  2. Combine spices in a small bowl. Use clean hands to rub the spice mixture into the meat on all sides. Place roast in the pressure cooking pot.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the root beer and 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce. Pour over the roast in the pressure cooking pot.
  4. Select High Pressure and set the timer for 50 minutes. When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure. When valve drops carefully remove lid. Carefully remove the meat from the pressure cooker to a large platter and shred with two forks, discard excess fat as you shredded. (You can also use your stand mixer to shredded the pork.)
  5. Skim fat from the surface of the cooking liquid. (I used a fat separator to separate the fat.) Select Saute and simmer cooking liquid to reduce to about 1/2 cup.
  6. Place shredded pork in the cooking pot with remaining 1 cup barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  7. Serve on toasted rolls with additional barbecue sauce if desired.


*I substituted 1/4 cup dried minced onion, 2 tablespoons low-sodium beef bouillon granules, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes, 1/8 teaspoon celery salt, 1/8 teaspoon paprika, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt


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  1. calimele123 says

    I made this tonight and it was incredible! My first time making pulled pork and I’m thrilled. I accidentally bought Dr. Pepper instead of Root beer and used that, but otherwise followed your directions and my family and our tummies say THANK YOU! =D

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks for taking the time to let me know how much you and your family liked it. I should make some again soon too. It’s been too long.

  2. cookinmom says

    Hi Barbara,
    I do not have the same pressure cooker as you however I do have a regular Fagor pressure cooker. Can I use your recipes with mine or do I need to adjust anything?

    • Barbara Schieving says

      With this recipe you won’t need to make any adjustments for the stove top pressure cooker. With some of the quick cooking recipes, the stove top pressure cooker may cook just a tiny bit faster. Thanks for the question!

  3. Carol says

    That looks delicious! Bob loves pulled pork-I’m sure he’ll love this…and I love the time saved using the pressure cooker to cook it.

    Thank you! :)

  4. says

    Hi Barbara, I’m curious. How do you adapt the liquid from slow cooking to pressure cooking? Is it about the same. I’m always afraid I will run out of juice.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Bonnie! My pressure cooker recommends using at least 1 1/2 cup liquid, so generally I reduce the liquid in slow cooker recipes to 1 1/2 cups. In a recipe like this one, you could probably use less because the meat releases a lot of juices too. Great question. Thanks!

  5. says

    Oh, yum! I just love how the cooking time goes from a whopping 11 hours to less than an hour! Question: When you cut the roast into four pieces, did you also cut out the bone? I’m going to have to give this recipe a go!

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Deon! The bone was in one end of the roast, so I just left it in the last piece. Then it was easy to remove after it was cooked.