Instant Pot Pork Roast

This Instant Pot Pork Roast Recipe is made with a tenderizing dry rub featuring garlic powder, brown sugar, onion powder, salt, and pepper. After its spice massage, it is then seared, enhancing its flavor, and then pressure cooked in the instant pot until tender and juicy. Top with a generous amount of gravy and serve!

Have you ever wondered how restaurants make your favorite pork roast soft, flavorful, and moist? Well, you don’t have to wonder any longer. The secret is out with my Instant Pot Pork Roast recipe.

If you’re looking for a delicious, easy to make dinner that the whole family will love – This recipe for Instant Pot Pork Roast with Homemade Dry Rub and Gravy is just what you need! The pork roast cooks in about an hour, so it’s perfect when you’re short on time. You can control how much or little of the homemade dry rub and gravy are used, so everyone at your table gets exactly what they want. It also makes great leftovers which means one less meal to cook this week!

Why You’ll Love This IP Pork Shoulder Roast

  • Flavorful and Easy-to-Make. When it comes to dinner, two of the most important considerations are ease of preparation and flavor. Besides having a fantastic taste, this Instant Pot Pork Roast is also a simple dish to prepare. Treat yourself and your family to this delectable dish, even on busy weeknights!
  • Affordable and Restaurant-Quality Meal. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money to have a taste of your favorite pork roast. Restaurants and takeout can drain your pockets dry. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat a lot! All you need are a few ingredients that you probably already have in your home. Try our Instant Pot Pork Roast recipe for a restaurant-quality meal.
  • No Marinating. This pork shoulder or butt roast recipe doesn’t require marinating beforehand to come out juicy and tender. Simply rub in the dry seasoning (prepared using common household ingredients) and place in the Instant Pot. Voila! You now have a tender and juicy pork roast to enjoy with your family.

Equipment Needed To Make Pork Shoulder or Butt Roast In The Instant Pot

  • Instant pot
  • Trivet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Cutting board
  • Gravy bowl

Ingredients For Your Instant Pot Pork Roast

  • 2 pound pork shoulder roast or pork butt roast (or boston butt)
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons water

How To Make A Instant Pot Pork Roast

Directions:

  1. Allow your roast to sit at room temperature, preferably until the chill is off.
  2. Make the dry rub by combining brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion powder in a small bowl.  Make sure there are no lumps.  Rub this all over the pork roast.
  3. Set your 8 quart electric pressure cooker (instant pot) to saute mode and heat the oil.
  4. Add the roast to the pot and sear (brown) it on every side (about 5 minutes per side).  
  5. Remove the roast from the pot and set it aside.
  6. Add the broth to the pot and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot.  (Scrape up any browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pot.)
  7. Put your metal trivet into the pot. Then, place the pork roast on the trivet.
  8. Seal the pot and set it to high pressure and cook for 20 minutes per pound.  (A two pound roast will cook for 40 minutes.)
  9. When the cooking time is finished, allow for natural release of the pressure for at least 10 minutes. (Then you can use a quick release for the remaining pressure if you like.)
  10. Remove the tender roast from the pressure cooker pot to a cutting board and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  11. Next we’ll make a gravy using a cornstarch slurry.  Whisk together 3 Tablespoons cornstarch and 2 Tablespoons water.  
  12. Turn on the saute function on your instant pot.  Whisk the slurry into the remaining liquids in the pot. Cook, stirring often until it comes to a simmer.  Allow to thicken to the consistency you like. Turn off the heat.  
  13. Serve this delicious pork roast with the gravy on the side.  

What to Serve/Pair with Your Pork Shoulder Roast

Sides

 Desserts

Cocktails

  • Light Red wine
  • Sherry
  • Vodka Martini
  • Lemon Drop
  • Classic Whiskey Sour
  • Lemon Margarita

Popular Substitutions & Additions

  • Veggies: You can also include carrots and potatoes. Dump in the chopped carrots and potatoes in the instant pot 10 minutes before the pork roast is done.
  • Left Overs: Shredded leftover Instant Pot pork roast can be used in tacos or sandwiches.

How To Reheat & Store An Instant Pot Pork Roast

Best Way To Store Pork Roast Instant Pot Leftover

If you have a Tupperware style lid for your instant pot, you can store your pork roast inside the instant pot just refrigerate and then reheat on low when you’re ready to eat. If you don’t have the lid refrigerate any leftover pork roast in an airtight container.

How Long Will Pork Roast Instant Pot Last In the Fridge?

You can expect leftover pork roast to last for 4-5 days in the fridge before spoiling or needing to freeze.

Can I Freeze Pork Roast Instant Pot

Yes, you can store any leftover pork roast in the freezer. Make sure you let your pork cool completely before transferring it to a Ziploc bag for freezing. You can also wrap the meat in foil for extra protection before placing it in the freezer bag.

Pork Butt/Shoulder Roast Instant Pot FAQs

What if my pot pork roast is tough?

If your meat is still tough, all you need to do is cook it longer in the instant pot or pressure cooker. If you followed this recipe and your meat is still tough, set the pressure to high and good for another 5 minutes. Let it slow release for 5 to 10 minutes before switching over the quick-release valve.

How many minutes per pound for a pork roast in an instant pot?

I’ve found 20 minutes per pound to yield the best results. Pork can dry out quickly, even the fatty dark meat, so you want to make sure you don’t overcook it.

Can I use pork loin?

Yes, you can use pork loin, but I don’t recommend it. It is a leaner cut than pork butt or pork shoulder. Meaning, it has less fat, so it can be very dry when cooked too long in an instant pot. It doesn’t fall apart in the same way as a shoulder or butt, either.

How do you make the dry rub spicy?

If you like your pork roast with some heat, feel free to add more pepper and include a teaspoon of cayenne pepper as well. Fair warning, this will really kick up the heat!

Could I use this recipe to do my pork roast in the slow cooker?

This pork recipe will be delicious in the slow cooker as well.  Slow cooking will give you a very tender pork roast.  The cook time will be 6 hours per pound on low heat, or 3 hours on high heat.  (You will still want to sear the meat first for great flavor.)  And you can still add the cornstarch slurry to the cooking liquid to make gravy.

Will this make good meat for pulled pork?

This is a great recipe for pulled pork!   The pressure cooking will produce mouth watering pieces of pork with amazing flavor.  The only thing that would change is that after you’ve released the pressure, you would want to break up the meat, add barbecue sauce, (along with a splash of worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke for extra flavor if you like), and heat it through.  

Can I use a frozen pork roast?

 If you use frozen pork, please allow it to thaw first.  It will thaw in the fridge overnight.  Or, to thaw it more quickly, fill the kitchen sink (or a large bowl) with cold water (enough to cover the roast).  Place the roast in the cold water.  It will take about 1 hour to thaw a 2 lb roast.  Then, it should be cooked as soon as possible.  

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Instant Pot Pork Roast

This instant pot pork roast is made with a homemade dry rub, and finished off with a hearty gravy for a delicious dinner!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork Roast
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Natural Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 399kcal

Equipment

  • 8 qt Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 pound pork roast boston butt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Allow your roast to sit at room temperature, preferably until the chill is off.
  • Make the dry rub by combining brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion powder in a small bowl. Make sure there are no lumps. Rub this all over the pork roast.
  • Set your electric pressure cooker (8 qt Instant Pot) to saute mode and heat the oil.
  • Add the roast to the pot and sear (brown) it on every side (about 5 minutes per side).
  • Remove the roast from the pot and set it aside.
  • Add the broth to the pot and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot. (Scrape up any browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pot.)
  • Put your metal trivet into the pot. Then place the pork roast on the trivet.
  • Seal the pot and set pressure to high and cook for 20 minutes per pound. (A two pound roast will cook for 40 minutes.)
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow for natural release of the pressure for at least 10 minutes. (Then you can use quick release for the remaining pressure if you like.)
  • Remove the tender roast from the pressure cooker pot to a cutting board and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Next we’ll make a gravy using a cornstarch slurry. Whisk together 3 Tablespoons cornstarch and 2 Tablespoons water.
  • Turn on the saute function on your instant pot. Whisk the slurry into the remaining liquids in the pot. Cook, stirring often until it comes to a simmer. Allow to thicken to the consistency you like. Turn off the heat.
  • Serve this delicious pork roast with the gravy on the side.

Notes

Best Way To Store Pork Roast Instant Pot Leftover

If you have a Tupperware style lid for your instant pot, you can store your pork roast inside the instant pot just refrigerate and then reheat on low when you’re ready to eat. If you don’t have the lid refrigerate any leftover pork roast in an airtight container.

How Long Will Pork Roast Instant Pot Last In the Fridge?

You can expect leftover pork roast to last for 4-5 days in the fridge before spoiling or needing to freeze.

Can I Freeze Pork Roast Instant Pot

Yes, you can store any leftover pork roast in the freezer. Make sure you let your pork cool completely before transferring it to a Ziploc bag for freezing. You can also wrap the meat in foil for extra protection before placing it in the freezer bag.

Nutrition

Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 911mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg
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