Instant Pot Whiskey Barbecue Pork

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Sweet, tangy and spicy barbecue sauce is mixed in an Instant Pot along with pork and onions for a flavorful Instant Pot Whiskey Barbecue Pork that’s great on sandwiches.

A plate with 2 pulled pork sandwiches and a big pile of pasta salad.

In the summer it’s often too hot to turn on the oven because we don’t have air conditioning.  Whenever I want to cook in the house I either turn on the stove or use the Air Fryer or Instant Pot. 

So when I saw a recipe for Slow Cooker Whiskey Barbecue Pork I thought that would be a great summer meal.   I didn’t want to have to cook it all day long though so I changed the recipe to make it in the Instant Pot.

When you change Slow Cooker recipes to Instant Pot recipes you can keep most things the same.  The one thing you do need to check on is the amount of liquid in the Instant Pot.

Ingredients:

  • brown sugar
  • tomato paste
  • BBQ sauce
  • whiskey
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • garlic cloves
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • hot sauce
  • cumin
  • pork loin/pork roast/pork shoulder
  • onion
  • hamburger buns

A cutting board topped with a can of tomato paste, a bottle of BBQ sauce, a cup of brown sugar, a bowl of spices, a pork loin, and a bottle of whiskey.

To make the pork mix the brown sugar, tomato paste, BBQ sauce, whiskey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic cloves, chili powder, salt, pepper, hot sauce, and cumin in the Instant Pot.

Place the pork in the center of the Instant Pot and spoon the sauce over top of the pork.  Place the onions around the pork.  Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.

Allow pressure to release for 15 minutes then manually release.   Remove the pork from the Instant Pot and shred.   Return to the pot and combine with the sauce.

Serve the pork on the buns with extra sauce.

Do I have to add the hot sauce?

No!  If you don’t like things spicy just omit it.  You can also reduce the amount of hot sauce added if you just want a touch of heat in the sauce.

Do I have to add that much sugar?

No.  If you don’t want your sauce super sweet you can reduce the amount of brown sugar added.  

Do I have to use brown sugar?

No you don’t!   You can use granulated sugar or even honey but each will give the sauce a slightly different flavor.   I prefer brown sugar in the sauce but any off these would work.

Is it dangerous to put alcohol in the Instant Pot?

No and yes.   While you shouldn’t put a large amount of alcohol in the Instant Pot because there is no room for the alcohol to evaporate, it’s ok to put a small amount in with other liquids.  In this case 3 Tablespoons won’t do any harm.  If you are worried about it you can boil the whiskey on the stove with several Tablespoons of BBQ sauce and add it at the end.

Pin Image: A plate with 2 pulled pork sandwiches and a big pile of pasta salad, text, a bowl of shredded BBQ pulled pork.

This pork is really tasty.  It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and has a bit of tang to it.  My husband, who isn’t a huge Instant Pot fan, really enjoyed his sandwiches as well.

I made a side of cole slaw and we ended up putting it on top of the sandwiches.   It was the perfect compliment to the spiciness of the pork. 

More Pork Recipes:

While I enjoy this pork on sandwiches there are several other ways to enjoy it.  Another great way is to serve it on top of nachos along with cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

Make tacos or enchiladas from the leftover pork and use a cumin spiced crema on top.   You can also simply slice the pork and serve it with macaroni salad or mashed potatoes.

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A plate with 2 pulled pork sandwiches and a big pile of pasta salad.

Instant Pot Whiskey Barbecue Pork

Yield: serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Sweet, tangy and spicy barbecue sauce is mixed in an Instant Pot along with pork and onions for a flavorful Instant Pot Whiskey Barbecue Pork that's great on sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1/3 c. barbecue sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons whiskey
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pork roast or pork loin (3-4 lbs)
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 8 hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. In the Instant Pot combine the brown sugar, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, whiskey, water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic cloves, chili powder, salt, pepper, hot sauce, and cumin.
  2. Add the pork roast or pork loin and spoon sauce over top.
  3. Place the onion quarters around the pork.
  4. Close the Instant Pot and set on high pressure for 45 minutes.
  5. After it is done cooking allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 15 minutes then release manually.
  6. Remove the pork from the Instant Pot and shred.
  7. Return to the pot and mix well so that the pork is covered in sauce.
  8. Serve on top of hamburger buns.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home Magazine

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 678mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 10g
A front view of a plate with two pulled pork sandwiches and a pile of pasta salad.

3 Comments

  1. I love food that has been infused with whiskey. This looks amazing. I cannot wait to make this for my family.

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