Instant Pot Pork Roast

With meat, potatoes and veggies all in one, this Instant Pot Pork Roast is an easy dinner with amazing flavor! It’s ready in just an hour and a half, with most of that hands-off cooking time!

Overhead view of Instant pot pork roast with potatoes and carrots

An Easy Instant Pot Dinner

When it comes to making dinner, easy and flavorful are two of the most important things. Not only does this Instant Pot Pork Roast have amazing flavor, it’s also an easy dinner to pull together with meat, potatoes and veggies all in one. I truly love this dish!

The seasonings added to simple dishes like this one are so important, as they turn potentially bland ingredients into a stand-out dinner. The flavors in the pork roast spice rub are fantastic, with just enough spice and sweetness. Then you have the balsamic sauce, which is so good you could drink it and is an absolute must, as it pulls all the flavors together and truly tops off the dish.

With everything cooked together, this is essentially the instant pot version of a one-pot meal. It does have the extra step of searing the roast prior to cooking and while it takes a little extra time, it’s absolutely worth it. It adds extra flavor that really elevates this pot roast. You could skip it if you’re really tight on time, but you’ll need to add more cooking time.

When the roast is done, just transfer to a serving platter and dinner is ready! Perfect for busy weeknights or even Sunday dinner!

What You’ll Need

This easy pork roast is made with a handful of seasonings and vegetables cooked with the roast for a complete dinner!

  • Seasonings – The pork seasoning rub is made with a combination of brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, sea salt, ground cinnamon and pepper.
  • Pork shoulder roast – Pork shoulder is the fatty pork butt meat, that makes for a juicy, tender cut!
  • Olive oil – Divided for searing the pork.
  • Red wine – You can replace the red wine with additional broth.
  • Yellow onion – Chopped and added under the trivet to add flavor to the dish.
  • Garlic – For flavor.
  • Broth – Chicken or beef broth both work.
  • Fresh rosemary – Infuses flavor into the pork roast.
  • Carrots – You can chop large carrots or use baby carrots.
  • Potatoes – Russet potatoes work great here.
  • Balsamic vinegar – Adds so much flavor at the end, you don’t want to skip this!
  • Cornstarch – Helps to thicken the balsamic sauce at the end.

How to Make Instant Pot Pork Roast

Making pork roast in the instant pot is so easy! It takes just 20 minutes or so of hands-on time and cooks so much faster than the oven or slow cooker!

Pork shoulder in the instant pot
  1. Prepare the rub. Mix together the brown sugar and seasonings. Rub all over the pork roast and set aside.
  2. Saute the roast. Use the saute setting to sear the roast for 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Cook the roast. Deglaze the instant pot with red wine and add the onion, garlic, broth and rosemary. Place the roast on the metal trivet in the instant pot. Seal and cook on high for 65 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetables. Do a quick release and add the potatoes and carrots around the roast. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Make the balsamic sauce. Arrange the roast and vegetables on a serving platter. Remove the trivet and the rosemary sprigs and add the balsamic vinegar and cornstarch. Saute and stir until the sauce thickens.
  6. Serve. Drizzle the balsamic sauce over the shredded pork and serve with the carrots and potatoes.
Shredded instant pot pork roast on a platter with potatoes and carrots

Tips for Success

If this is your first time making pork roast in the instant pot, here are a few things to consider.

  • Don’t be afraid of salt in the rub. Salt helps to tenderize the pork, so be sure to massage it into the meat and even if it feels like you’re using too much, you’re probably not!
  • Chop the vegetables while the roast is cooking. To save a bit of time, I chop the vegetables during the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking the roast, so they’re ready to dump in when it’s done.
  • Can I use a pork loin instead of pork shoulder? Pork loin is much leaner than pork butt so you have to be more cautious about slow roasting it, even if just for an hour. While you can use it in this recipe, you’ll end up wit more of a pork chop texture.
  • Don’t skip the searing. While it adds a few minutes of hands-on time, I definitely don’t recommend skipping the searing step for this pork shoulder roast. It adds SO much flavor and decreases the cooking time too.
Instant pot pork roast with carrots and potatoes on a white plate

Serving Suggestions

The thing I love about this instant pot pork roast is that it’s a complete meal in one! There’s no need for any extra side dishes because the meat, potatoes and vegetables all cook together.

I shred the pork roast with a fork when I pull it from the pressure cooker and arrange it on a platter with the potatoes and carrots. Then I drizzle the balsamic sauce all over the pork and serve!

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave and enjoy! Leftover pork roast makes great sandwiches too.

Can I Freeze This?

Yes, you can freeze any leftover pork roast. You can store this in freezer bags or containers, then thaw in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave and you’ll have another easy dinner! You may need to add a splash of water to prevent the meat from drying out when reheating.

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Shredded instant pot pork roast on a platter with potatoes and carrots
Recipe

Instant Pot Pork Roast

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Description

With meat, potatoes and veggies all in one, this Instant Pot Pork Roast is an easy dinner with amazing flavor! It’s ready in just an hour and a half, with most of that hands-off cooking time!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 lbs pork shoulder roast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup red wine (or additional broth)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 23 large carrots (or use baby carrots)
  • 23 medium potatoes
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt,
    cinnamon, thyme and pepper. Gently rub the spice mixture all over the pork roast. Set aside.
  2. In the bottom of the instant pot, drizzle 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Press the saute button to heat the oil. Add the roast to sear for 2 minutes on each side until browned. Remove the pork and set aside. Turn saute feature off. 
  3. Add the red wine to deglaze the bottom of the pot and release flavors. Next, add the onion, garlic, broth and sprigs of rosemary on the bottom of the pot. Place the metal trivet over. Place the roast in the center of the metal trivet. Seal the cover and set the instant pot to high on manual mode for 65 minutes.
  4. While the roast is cooking, peel and chop potatoes and set aside.
  5. Once the cook time is up, do a quick release and open the cover. Carefully set in the chopped potatoes and carrots and arrange around the outside of the roast. Seal and cook for an additional 5 minutes on high pressure. Once the timer goes off, do another quick release.
  6. Remove the roast and cooked vegetables and arrange on a serving platter (shredding the roast with a fork if you would like). Remove the metal trivet from the instant pot and discard the rosemary sprigs. Add the balsamic vinegar and cornstarch to the wine sauce and mix until dissolved. Turn on the saute setting and continue to stir until the sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Drizzle the warm balsamic sauce over the shredded pork roast and serve warm.

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  1. Jeff

    Close! The day before you sent this out, I did a Pork Roast in the crockpot. Pretty similar ingredients, minus the sugar, cornstarch & broth, plus fresh tomatoes, more onions, and a splash of applesauce. Turned out great! Even my wife liked it.

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