Pulled Pork With Coke

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Pulled Pork with Coke Recipe

Have you ever had one of those delicious pulled pork sandwiches made with some meat from a whole pig slowly cooked over a wood fire?

Well, now you can make them yourself using this easy pulled pork with coke recipe, which will show you how to make the same tasty food in an Instant Pot in a fraction of the time.

pork shoulder cut
A cut of Pork Shoulder

Pulled Pork Meat Cut

For this recipe I have used a delicious piece of fresh pork shoulder that I picked up from my local butcher, Kelly’s.

You could also use pork butt, which is actually also from the shoulder of the pig, although higher up – surprisingly, despite its name, it has nothing to do with the rear-end of the animal! 


instant pot pulled pork
Before cooking

Both are relatively cheap cuts of meat, but taste great when slow cooked or cooked in a pressure cooker, as in this recipe, where I use an Instant Pot.

The piece I bought came without the skin, but if you did get it with skin you could use the skin to make some delicious crackling in the oven (everyone’s favourite)!


whole pork shoulder instant pot
After cooking


I made sure I trimmed all the fat off the meat before starting to cook it so that I would get some delicious lean pulled pork after cooking.

Coca Cola Pork

This is an interesting recipe as it uses the dry rub and the smokiness of the BBQ sauce and the sweetness of the Coca-Cola to flavour the meat. The result is a sweet tasting pork meat, with a charred external surface, that you can use in a variety of different dishes.

instant pot pulled pork with coke



Pulled pork is great in buns or rolls with a BBQ sauce of your choice, or even some cooking sauce from the pot if you prefer that.

But also this meat is great to store for a few days in the fridge and you can just re-heat it in the microwave or in the pan, when you want to heat it again. It is also very tasty eaten cold.

pulled pork
Pulling the pork with two forks


This huge piece of shoulder lasted us a few days and several different meals, and we ate it in buns, pita bread and tortillas with a variety of different sauces.

pulled pork rolls
Pulled Pork Rolls


pulled pork shoulder
Pulled Pork and Coleslaw Pitas


This cola pulled pork recipe is so easy to make, and the Instant Pot really does all the work for you. If you wish to slow cook in the oven, or a slow cooker or crock pot, then you will probably need to cook for about 8 hours to reach the same level of tenderness in the meat.

Need some pork?

Meat N' Bone 

That is why, if you do not have an Instant Pot already, you need to get one soon! We love ours!


pulled pork instant pot
Pulled Pork with Coke


I hope you enjoy making this simple recipe and look forward to hearing how you get on in the comments section below!

How to cook pulled pork with coke

Pulled Pork With Coke

pulled pork meat

This easy preparation recipe for pulled pork with coke, will give you some deliciously sweet and succulent pork for your tacos, sandwiches or buns. Wonderful at BBQ time!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours


  • 2 kg Pork Shoulder (or butt)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 shallot, halved
  • 3 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Frank's Red Hot Original Sauce
  • 150ml Smokey BBQ sauce
  • 800ml Coca Cola


  • 1 tsp Cornflour


  1. Trim the pork and remove any fat. Then mix the dry ingredients (paprika, onion, garlic powders, salt and pepper) in a bowl. Use the dry mix to rub into the outside of the pork.
  2. Then sear the outside of the pork in a pan (I use my wok for this) using the olive oil. Make sure the outside is nicely browned on all sides.
  3. I use my Instant Pot to cook this recipe (you can use a Dutch oven to slow cook in the oven, but it will take a lot longer to cook). Put the Instant Pot onto the saute setting and fry the onions and shallot for about 2 minutes.
  4. Then add the pork to the Instant Pot and add the coke, BBQ sauce, Frank's hot sauce and brown sugar and mix well.
  5. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set to 80 minutes at high pressure (HP). Let the pork cook and when the cycle is finished let it cool for 30 minutes naturally before carefully releasing the remainder of the pressure and opening the lid.
  6. Remove the pork from the pot and place under a hot grill (broiler) for about 5 minutes, turning regularly, to char the outside. (Feel free to do this part on the BBQ if you so wish and want a smokier finish).
  7. To pull the pork use two forks to pull the meat apart. It should fall apart fairly easily.


Serve up the pulled pork as a filling for sandwiches, tacos, tortillas, buns or whatever you fancy.

You may also wish to thicken the sauce from the meat using some cornflour and use it to add as dressing to your sandwich.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 657Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 568mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 47g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.


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