Instant Pot Pork Roast & Gravy (+ Slow Cooker Instructions)

Instant pot pork roast recipe slow cook

Video Instant pot pork roast recipe slow cook

This Instant Pot pork roast is a game changer. It gives you juicy, tender pork in just a fraction of the time it would take in the oven. No need to plan half a day in advance for a slow-roasted pork dinner!

In addition, you can use the drips to make a delicious and tasty sauce. Yes, please!

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Instant Pot Pork Butt / Pork shoulder

This is a

tasty and comforting dish that is surprisingly easy to make!

The combination of lots of garlic, herbs, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar creates a tasty sauce that turns into a silky and balanced sauce. It’s really so good.

Best Cut for Pork Roast

Not sure which is

the best cut to use for



I suggest using pork shoulder because it’s the best choice for those beautiful slow-cooked disintegrating pieces. Pieces with bone or no bone will work.

Please note: pig shoulder is also sold as ‘pig butt’. It seems that it would be the opposite cut of meat, but oddly enough, cigarette butt and pork shoulder refer to the same thing!

Recipe ingredients

To make this Instant Pot pork roast, you’ll need: pork shoulder


  • also sold as ‘pork butt
  • ) onion

  • tomato paste
  • chicken broth
  • balsamic vinegar (
  • this adds a little acidity to the pork)

  • garlic
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • brown sugar (this adds just the right amount of sweetness
  • )

  • Olive oil
  • cayenne pepper
  • cornstarch (if made drip sauce – instructions below)
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pork roast ingredients

How to make roast

Pressure cooked pork Start by adding brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to a large zippered plastic plate or bag. Add the pork shoulder and rub to cover the pork well.

Next, set your Instant Pot to the “sautéed” function.

When hot, pour a splash of olive oil and then add the pork. Seal for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Set aside on a plate for later.

pork shoulder seasoned in a bowl

In the instant pot, add the onion, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.

Then, add the tomato paste and stir until well mixed. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and chicken broth.

Quick tip: At this point, be sure to scrape off any golden pieces that are stuck to the bottom of the pot. Otherwise, the Instant Pot could give you a burn warning!

If you have one, place a metal or silicone rivet on the bottom of the Instant Pot. (Don’t worry if it doesn’t, it just makes it easier to lift the pork roast and keep it in one piece once it’s cooked.)

Next, place the charred pork in the instant pot. Attach the lid and adjust the valve to “seal”, then select the “meat/stew” setting for 70 minutes.

roasting pork in an instant pot

Once the timer turns off, wait 10 minutes to allow some pressure to release naturally. Then turn the valve to “vent” and release any remaining pressure.

Take the roast pork out of the instant pot and it’s ready to serve!

roast pork with mashed sweet potatoes and a green salad How to

make sauce

from roast pork drops

You can easily make a tasty sauce with the sauce left in the Instant Pot! Use a ladle to remove as much fat as you can from the top of the liquid.

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Separately, in a small bowl, beat the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Then, add this suspension to the sauce in the Instant Pot.

Next, set it to the “stir-fry” setting and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Use a mesh strainer to remove any solids, then enjoy!

Can I do this in a slow cooker?


Simply complete steps 2-4 of the recipe instructions using a large skillet or Dutch oven on the stove over medium-high heat. Then, transfer to a slow cooker.

Cook over high heat for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

If you are also making the sauce, transfer the sauce to a pot with the cornstarch suspension and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes (stirring frequently) until thickened.

Instant Roast Pork Garnish Ideas

Here are a few sides that would be super tasty with this roast pork shoulder:

Crispy broccoli Cauliflower salad Shaved Brussels sprouts Brussels

  • sprouts
  • Brussels sprouts salad

  • Spiced sweet
  • potato puree

  • Healthy mashed potatoes with cauliflower
  • Baked Portobello mushrooms with feta cheese
  • Quinoa salad with lemon and spinach

And here are even tastier side dishes for pork!

pork shoulder in pressure cooker on a plate with mashed sweet potatoes and a green salad

I hope you enjoy this faster Instant Pot pork roast recipe! It’s good not to stress about starting it so early.

And making the sauce sauce at the end is highly recommended. It’s so tasty and delicious poured over roast pork!

You will find the full recipe at the end of this post.

If you’re looking for more Instant Pot recipes, check out these:

Instant Pot

  • Farro Mushroom Risotto
  • Instant Pot Mexican

  • Chicken
  • Tortellini Vegetarian
  • Soup (Instant Pot + Stovetop) Instant Pot

  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup (Instant Pot)
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