How To Roast Pork In The Instant Pot

This Instant Pot recipe for pork roast will become a family favorite. The salt and pepper mixture creates a tasty crust and seasons the drippings for an out-of-this-world gravy.

This Instant Pot recipe for pork roast will become a family favorite. The salt and pepper mixture creates a tasty crust and seasons the drippings for an out-of-this-world gravy.

This recipe and method are for a pork butt or pork shoulder. If you have a pork loin, get instructions for how to cook it in the Instant Pot over here.

First, what is a Pork Butt?

The cut referred to as a butt roast or Boston Butt is actually from the front of a pig. The shoulder area to be exact. The shoulder is divided into two cuts the top rectangular part and the lower triangular part. Historically, the top rectangular portion was a less popular cut. Butchers in colonial New England took these less popular cuts and packed them in wooden barrels for storage and transportation. The barrels used were called butts. So now you know. Interesting, right?

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Now on to an easy and relatively quick recipe for pork roast. I know, this sounds a bit like an oxymoron.  Pork shoulder roasts generally benefit from long cooking times. With the introduction of the Instant Pot, an updated electric pressure cooker, that has all changed. In about an hour you can have a fork-tender pork roast on the table.

There are two things that I really love about my Instant Pot (this is the one that I have).

The first is the sauté function. Using it creates a lovely, caramel-colored layer on the pork. Which means I don’t have to pull out another pan and get it dirty. Love it!

After searing the roast, I remove it from the Instant Pot and put the trivet that was included to get the roast up out of the cooking liquid and off the bottom of the pot. I think it helps to maintain the color from the searing as well as ensuring that the bottom doesn’t burn.

Now, if you like a crisp crust on your roast you’ll need to use the oven after the Instant Pot has done its work – I have instructions for that in the recipe. Or you can read about it in my post How to Roast Pork Perfectly. If you want more ways to cook pork to perfection, try my pork chop recipe, or my pork loin recipe.

The second thing that I love is the fact that once the lid is locked on and cooking time is set, I’m free to focus on something else. While the roast is cooking I have time to prepare one of my favorite side dishes to serve with pork, an Irish version of mashed potatoes called colcannon. It’s delicious served with butter or with my Instant Pot Gravy recipe, my traditional gravy recipe, or if you don’t have pan drippings, try this recipe out.

 

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Instant Pot Roast Pork


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6

Description

This Instant Pot recipe for pork roast will become a family favorite. The salt and pepper mixture creates a tasty crust and seasons the drippings for an out-of-this-world gravy.

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 – 2 lb. pork shoulder (also called pork butt)
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth or water
  • 1 onion cut into quarters
  • 3 cloves garlic

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder and stir to combine.
  2. Rub pork roast with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with the salt mixture on all sides.
  3. Select the Sauté button to heat the Instant Pot. When “Hot” is displayed, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Add the seasoned pork roast and sear on all sides, approximately 4 minutes per side.
  5. When roast has been seared on all sides, press Cancel and remove roast from the Instant Pot. Place on a plate and set aside.
  6. Add the broth or water to the Instant Pot, scraping any bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  7. Place the trivet in the bottom or the Instant pot. Lay the roast on top of the trivet and arrange the onions and garlic around.
  8. Cover pot, lock on the lid, and set the steam release valve to Sealing
  9. Select the Meat/Stew or Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 30 minutes.
  10. When the cooking cycle has finished, allow the pot to sit for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release by moving the valve to Venting.
  11. Optional Step: To crisp the crust, preheat oven to 425˚ F while the roast is resting.
  12. Remove the pork to a sheet pan or roasting pan if using crisping method. Place in preheated oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  13. If not using the crisping method: Remove the pork to a cutting board.
  14. Carve the roast into 1/2” slices

Notes

For a quick out-of-this-world gravy, follow my Instant Pot Gravy recipe.

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