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Dr Pepper Meatballs

You have to try these Dr. Pepper Meatballs. With a completely unique twist on a meatball, these delectable meatballs are perfect for appetizers and dinner. You will not believe how easy it is to make these meatballs.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Meatballs
Servings: 6
Author: Jill


  • 1 can Dr. Pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke optional
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes optional
  • 3 lbs ready made meatballs


  • 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.