One of the first things I wanted to try in my new Instant Pot was a roast. We eat a lot of roast, both beef and pork, and I usually drag out my trusty Crock-Pot for these. It frees up my stove and oven, and I can put a roast on in the morning and go about my business without having to do anything else. I love my slow cooker so much that I have two of them, and I’ve often had two different recipes going at the same time simply because of the convenience they afford for meal prep.
With that said, my new favorite kitchen appliance is my Instant Pot. I cooked a huge pork roast the other night (7 pounds), and it was the best-tasting, most tender pork roast I’d ever made. My husband even commented (several times!) during dinner that it was the best pork roast he’d had. While I still love my Crock-Pot, it’s being moved to my basement shelving (sniff, sniff) to make room for the Instant Pot in my kitchen cupboards. Now I can’t wait to try a beef roast. I’m sure I’ll have the same wonderful results.
This pork roast marinade was simply an idea I had by looking in the cupboards to see what ingredients I had on hand. I knew I didn’t want barbecue or pulled pork (we have that a lot at our house), so I came up with this marinade. I pressure cooked my huge roast for 60 minutes, and it was tender and juicy, but if you have a “normal-sized” roast (3 to 4 pounds) you can bump back the cooking time to 50 minutes.
Pressure Cooker Balsamic Maple Pork Roast
7-pound pork butt (cut into pieces that fit in the pressure cooker pot)
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
2 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce
Place the pork butt in a large plastic bag. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, and stir to thoroughly combine. Pour the sauce into the plastic bag with the pork butt, and seal. Turn the bag over a couple times to completely coat the roast, and marinate the roast in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
Place the marinated pork butt in the pressure cooker pot, and add the marinating liquid to the pot as well. Lock on the pressure cooker lid, and select the manual setting. Pressure cook the roast on high for 60 minutes. When the pressure cooker beeps, let it go to the keep warm setting, and let the pressure naturally release. When the pressure is reduced, remove the lid, and slice up the roast. Serve.