Jack Daniel’s Pulled Pork Recipe

by Tatiana
Published: Updated:
jack daniels pulled pork burger

Jack Daniel’s Pulled Pork made in Instant pot is cooked and flavored to perfection. The juicy meat combined with the tomato sauce can be described no other than mouthwateringly delicate!  Prepare this easy instant pot recipe to get a seasoned pulled pork using pork loin and welcome the new favorite Sunday family meal – the Dack Daniels pulled pork burger. 

This simple recipe is done easily with the use of the magic pressure cooker – the instant pot. It will only take 20 minutes for the pork loin to become tender to perfection. Afterward, it will take another 10 minutes to have the rich sauce ready, as a result, you have a hearty meal that will feed a family of four in as fast as 30 minutes.

jack daniel's pulled pork burger

How do you make pulled pork in an instant pot?

Pulled pork can be prepared in under 30 minutes if cooked with the instant pot, using the “pressure cooking” program. 

To start the cooking process, you need to gather the basic ingredient. The essentials are already somewhere in your kitchen drawers or fridge. For this pulled pork recipe, to season the meat while it is cooking, I used onion, garlic, ginger, bay leaves, and carrots. Of course, I did not skip the salt and the pepper. 

ingredients pulled pork

Slice the pork loin into 5 pieces, if you see that the layer of fat is too thick, you can remove it using a sharp knife. Then peel the onion, garlic cloves, ginger, and carrot, and cut them into big chunks.  

Transfer the ingredients into the instant pot and add the bay leaves, season with salt and pepper. At this point pour as much cold water as to cover the ingredients. That should not exceed 5 cups. 

Now seal the lid of the pot and set the “ pressure cooking program”. Select “pork” and press the “start” button. The screen will display a 20-minute countdown. That’s what it takes for you to get super tender pork loin meat – the pulled pork. 

how to make pulled pork

Do I have to release steam when cooking pulled pork in an instant pot?

Absolutely. When the 20 minutes expire, you will hear a beep, letting you know that the meat is cooked, however, it will not let you open the lid. And that’s a good thing, the steam is under pressure and it is hazardous to open a crockpot under pressure. The pot will naturally release the steam for a longer period of time. I am one of those ladies who hate waiting, so I opt for the quick release. Now that the pressure has been released, you can open the lid and proceed to pull the pork. Throw the veggies, you no longer need it, and put the meat into a bowl.

instant pot pulled pork

How do I shred pulled pork easily?

You will see that the pork loin has become as tender as it can get. Moreover, the pork loin’s texture is similar to dozens of lined threads – a thing that makes it perfectly shreddable. To easily shred the meat, I use 2 forks. Lightly press the meat with the fork tips and pull in opposite directions. Repeat the procedure until all the chinks are well shredded. You may want to cover the shredded meat with aluminum foil to keep it warm until you prepare the jack daniel’s sauce.

jack daniels pulled pork

How to prepare Jack Daniel’s sauce?

You can find the sauce in any grocery store, it is a very popular meat sauce, or you can prepare it at home and enjoy the maximum of taste and flavor. The recipe is very easy, you just need to combine the ingredients and let them pass the thermal processing. 

Here we go, grab a saucepan and pour in the Jack Daniel’s, chopped onion, and minced garlic. Saute everything for the alcohol to evaporate and for the onion and garlic to become translucent. Use medium-low heat to avoid burning the onion and the garlic. That will take no longer than 7 minutes. 

At this point add the “basic” ingredients to spice up the mixture. The basic ingredients include ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, smoke flavoring (it’s ok to skip it), Tabasco sauce if you like it spicy, and don’t skip the salt and pepper,

Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Do not cover it with a lid, it has to evaporate its juices and become thicker. It is all it takes to prepare a delicious homemade Jack Daniel’s sauce for the pulled pork. 

jack daniels pulled pork burger

How to make Jack Daniel’s pulled pork burger?

Now that you have the pulled pork ready and the sauce prepared, it’s time to mix them to flavor up the meat. The sauce will add a rich taste to the meat, a combination of sweet, sour, and spicy. What else can you expect from a pork burger?

To feel one person, you will need one fresh and crispy bun, one pickle, a few slices of onion, and a couple of lettuce leaves. Run free your imagination and add any other ingredient you like in your burger. I loooove the beetroot, so I decorated the burgers with a few slices of the beautiful and healthy beetroot. 

Cut the bun into two equal parts, you may extract the crumb, the soft inner part of the bread That’s how you make more room for shredded meat and the rest of the ingredients. 

Now layer up all the ingredients and top with 2 generous tablespoons of Jack Daniel’s pulled pork. Top the meat with the bun half and open your mouth as largely as you can. It’s time to devour it!

pulled pork burger

How to serve Jack Daniel’s pulled pork?

Make a burger out of it or serve it as it with a nice fresh salad to balance your meal. Also, you may like to pair it with some roasted potatoes. Whatever your choice is, make sure you enjoy your meal with your loved ones, maybe raise a shut of Jack Daniel’s whiskey for better digestion. :)

jack daniels burger

pulled pork burger

Jack Daniel's Pulled Pork Recipe

Jack Daniels’ Pulled Pork made in Instant pot is cooked and flavored to perfection. The juicy meat combined with the tomato sauce can be described no other than mouthwateringly delicate! 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • instant pot


Instant Pot Pulled Pork

  • 1 pork loin
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Jack Daniel's Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 molasses
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke


How to prepare the instant pot pulled pork

  • Peel and largely chop the carrot, onion, ginger, and garlic cloves
  • Cut the pork loin into 5 chunks and mix with the rest of the ingredients in the Instant pot
  • Pour 5 cups of water over the ingredients
  • Add salt, pepper, and bay leaves
  • Close with the lid and select the "pressure cooking", then select the "pork" option and press the "start" button
  • Release steam when the cooking program ends
  • Put the meat in a bowl and shred it with the help of 2 forks

How to prepare Jack Daniel's Sauce

  • Sautee the minced onion and garlic in half a cup of Jack Daniel's whiskey for 7 minutes on low heat in a saucepan
  • Add ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, smoke flavoring (it’s ok to skip it), Tabasco sauce, and simmer for 15 minutes in low heat.
  • Do not cover with a lid, let simmer until the sauce thickens
  • Mix the sauce with the meat and build up a burger
Keyword dack daniels burger, jack daniels pulled pork, jack daniels sauce, pulled pork, shredded pork
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Other recipes you might love

5 from 2 votes (2 ratings without comment)

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Send this to a friend