When in doubt, make a pork roast! This Instant Pot Pork Roast recipe has saved the day multiple times when I’ve been in a pinch. Throw a pork shoulder, carrots, and potatoes in the Instant Pot and you have a healthy homemade meal in only 90 minutes. Did I mention that the pork is tender and falls apart when you cut into it? It’s THAT good.
When deciding on what to eat for dinner at my house, you will often hear the same conversation over and over again.
Me: What do you want for dinner?
Cole: Pizza? Pork Chops?
Me: How about an arugula salad and eggs with toast? LOL.
We will both eat anything, but we definitely have our favorites. Cole would eat anything pork and dill pickles every day and the poor guy really only pulls out a win 10% of the time when it comes to our dinner battles. Luckily, I had to test this pork roast recipe multiple times. He was one happy camper.
Not only do you guys LOVE our Instant Pot recipes, but you love recipes that feed a lot of people and are easy-peasy. This Instant Pot Pork Roast is both of those things. Not only will this Instant Pot Pork Roast please our fancy-pantsy Fit Foodie followers, but our Midwestern homies will be pleased as well. Because it’s a Pork Roast, eh (midwestern accent needed). You can’t make a pork roast without the perfect cut of meat! Lets. Talk. MEAT.
What part of the pig should I use?
When we were testing this recipe, we knew we wanted to make a pretty traditional pork roast recipe. We were going between two cuts of meat: a pork loin roast or pork shoulder roast.
- Pork Loin Roast: A pork loin roast comes from the back of the pig. It is usually a very lean piece of meat, so if you are slow roasting, you have to be careful you don’t overcook it. In this recipe, you can use a pork loin roast if you are looking for more “pork chop” or pieces of pork rather than shredded pork.
- Pork Shoulder Roast: A pork shoulder/butt comes from the shoulder of a pig. It generally has more fat and is great for slow roasting. We use this cut of meat when we want to use carnitas (like our Instant Pot Carnitas) or if we want a juicy piece of meat.
It is all about how you want your pork roast to turn out! We tested both cuts of meat for this recipe and though we prefer the pork shoulder, both cuts are delicious! If you want more details on pork and where the different cuts of meat come from on a pig check out Pork Cuts 101 from the Modern Farmer!
How To Cook a Pork Roast- INSTANT POT
Here is a break down of how we prepared the perfect Instant Pot Pork Roast!
Flavor DAT Pork Roast
After we decided on a pork shoulder, it was time to flavor the heck out of our pork roast. The dry rub for the pork is a tasty combination of savory and sweet. One thing I have learned is that when it comes to salt and pork, it’s ok to use more salt than feels necessary. The salt is crucial to flavoring the pork as well as breaking it down so it is nice and tender. So, when you cover your roast with your dry rubs, be sure to massage the heck out of your meat.
Brown Veggies + Pork Roast
Now it’s time to get the flavors flowing. In this step, you are going to build your base of flavor for the whole dish (no pressure, people). You want to saute your veggies first. Add your olive oil to the Instant Pot and when it is fragrant, add your veggies. Saute them up for about 2-3 minutes or until your onion is translucent.
You want to remove your veggies, add more olive oil, and then sear your pork roast for 2-3 minutes on each side. When you are searing meat in the Instant Pot it is pretty common that you will get the ‘HOT’ or ‘BURN’ notice. Don’t panic. You want your meat to brown and you want the brown crispies (the fond) to form in the bottom of your Instant Pot. It will just add a ton of flavor to your sauce-y sauce.
Deglaze Instant Pot
After you remove your meat from the Instant Pot, it’s time for you to clean up shop. Turn off your Instant Pot and pour your wine and broth into the pot. Use a wooden scraper to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of your pot!
Pressure Cook Pork Roast
The last step before you pressure cook your pork roast is to put everything back into your pot! Pour the onions and garlic into the wine sauce, stir and then place the Instant Pot metal trivet into the bottom of the pot. Throw in your sprigs of rosemary and place the pork roast on to your metal trivet. That’s IT! Cover your Instant Pot, seal it, and cook on high pressure for 70 minutes.
You will know when your Instant Pot Pork Roast is almost done because your house will smell like HEAVEN. Quick release the pressure from the Instant Pot and uncover. Immediately place potatoes, carrots, and onion into the Instant Pot. Just throw them right over the top of your pork roast and immediately recover your pot. Cook on high for an additional 2 minutes. Quick release and carefully remove veggies and meat from the Instant Pot on to a baking sheet or serving bowl.
Before sauce talk, I just have to say—> THIS SAUCE IS AMAZING. Make your sauce by turning on the saute feature and add balsamic vinegar to the wine sauce and sprinkle corn starch into the sauce. Whisk sauce until corn starch is completely dissolved. Let the sauce cook for 3-4 minutes and stir periodically. The sauce should begin to bubble and thicken up. And THAT’S IT.
You can place meat and veggies back into your Instant Pot before you serve or you can pour your sauce over the pork roast and veggies and serve immediately. ENJOY.
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- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1.5 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Sauce + Vegetables
- 2 lb pork shoulder roast
- 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry red wine (cabernet or pinot noir)
- 1 cup broth (any kind)
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 large carrots, chopped into 1.5-inch chunks
- 2 large potatoes, chopped into chunks
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar*
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- First, mix together all dry rub spices in a bowl using a fork get rid of any lumps!
- Next, rub the spice mixture all over your pork roast with your hands. Be sure that every inch of the roast is covered. Set aside.
- Turn on the saute feature of your Instant Pot and add two tablespoons of olive oil to the pot.
- When olive is fragrant add onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes and remove from Instant Pot.
- Add the last two tablespoons of olive oil to the Instant Pot and when olive oil is fragrant add pork roast and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side to brown the pork.*
- Remove pork from Instant Pot and deglaze your Instant Pot by pouring wine and broth into the bottom of the pot. Scrape all of the brown bits from the bottom the Instant Pot with a spatula. We do this to prevent the burn feature and for easier cleaning at the end.
- Then, add cooked onion and garlic, and fresh rosemary to the liquid and place metal Instant Pot trivet on top.
- Finally, place pork roast on top of the trivet and cover Instant Pot. Seal Instant Pot and set it to manual high pressure for 70 minutes.
- Quick release pressure and add carrots and potatoes to Instant Pot. Cover again and set Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 3 additional minutes.
- Quick release again and remove pork roast and veggies from the Instant Pot and place them in a large bowl. Throw rosemary sprigs away.
- Remove trivet and set aside. Add balsamic vinegar to the wine sauce. Mix well and then sprinkle on corn starch to the wine sauce.**
- Turn saute feature on and whisk mixture until the corn starch has dissolved. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until sauce thickens.
- Place veggies and pork roast back into the Instant Pot.
- Serve veggies and pork together and sauce on the top.
Tips & Notes
- If the ‘hot’ or ‘burn’ notice turns on during the searing of your pork roast, don’t panic. Continue searing! We will be deglazing the pan which will help cool the pot down!
- Balsamic vinegar: we prefer 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar because it gives the sauce a sweet and savory flavor. Feel free to start with 1/4 cup, taste it, and add from there.
- Make sure that when you sprinkle corn starch you evenly disperse over the sauce, rather than in one clump. Corn starch will clump if you do this!
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/6 Calories: 546 Sugar: 18 Fat: 24 Carbohydrates: 33 Fiber: 2 Protein: 48
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