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Instant Pot Dr Pepper Meatballs

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Course: Dinner
Author: Wendy


  • 1 cup Dr. Pepper or Diet Dr. Pepper if you prefer
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Liquid Smoke - Optional
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3 lbs ready make meatballs (frozen is okay)


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk, pour into your Instant Pot.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to saute’ high and bring to a simmer, whisking often.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the bbq sauce from the Instant pot and set to the side.
  • Clean and dry the Instant pot insert.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot.
  • Place the steamer rack inside your Instant Pot and fill it with the meatballs.
  • Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Let the steam release naturally, then drain your meatballs and set aside.
  • Discard water from your Instant Pot and pour Dr Pepper BBQ sauce
  • Press “Sauté”. and your meatballs and stir thoroughly.
  • Cook for 2 minutes, then serve hot.