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Instant Pot Cheerwine Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Author: Katelyn
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8 sandwiches 1x


Cheerwine adds a hint of sweetness to this juicy, tangy, ultra tender pulled pork, making these amazing sandwiches “Uniquely Southern”. Even better, they are made super quick in the instant pot!



Instant Pot Cheerwine Pulled Pork

  • 3 1/4 pound Boston Butt, trimmed and cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard 
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup Cheerwine
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 8 sesame buns
  • your favorite prepared coleslaw
  • sliced pickles


Prepare the Pulled Pork

  1. Combine seasonings in a medium size bowl (kosher salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, ground mustard, paprika).
  2. Add the pork to your bowl of seasoning, then toss to coat evenly 
  3. Turn instant pot to the high sauté function, add oil, and allow to heat until shimmering. 
  4. Add pork to the hot oil in batches and cook to brown on all sides. As each batch finishes browning, remove the meat to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  5. When all the meat has been browned, turn off your instant pot and return all the pork and juices to the instant pot. 
  6. Add Cheerwine, distilled white vinegar and water and stir everything to combine. 
  7. Seal the instant pot with lid, turn the vent to the “sealing” position and cook on manual high pressure for 40 minutes. 
  8. Manually release the steam and open instant pot. 
  9. Remove meat with a slotted spoon to a cutting board, and shred it with two forks. 
  10. OPTIONAL STEP: At this point, you can place the meat on a sheet pan under the broiler in your oven for a few minutes to crisp it up. 
  11. Strain the liquid from the instant pot using a fine mesh strainer into a fat separator or other vessel (a large measuring cup works great). If you aren’t using a fat separator, allow the fat to rise to the top and scoop it out. The remaining liquid is your bbq sauce!

Assemble Sandwiches

  1. Toast the sesame buns (optional)
  2. Pile high with instant pot Cheerwine pulled pork
  3. Add some extra sauce 
  4. Top with coleslaw and sliced pickles


  • Even if you plan to use a fat separator for the sauce, I recommend removing the lid (lid has its own strainer but the pores are too large) and straining the sauce directly into the fat separator with a fine mesh strainer. Otherwise, smaller bits of meat and seasoning can sneak in and clog up your fat separator.
  • Feel free to sub your favorite dark soda. I imagine these would be delicious with Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper as well!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cheerwine, pulled pork, bbq, barbecue, sandwich

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