The Pressure’s On!

Pressure cooker pork roast is a great option when you’re tired of the more time and effort demanding methods of cooking meat. Chicken is great, but having other options to choose from is even better. Using your pressure cooker to make a delicious pork roast allows you to take back your time and freedom while still providing a meal that your family is sure to enjoy!

Below are some tips to make a great pork roast, according to Fred Decker of Livestrong and Recipe Tips.

Pressure Cooker Pork Roast Tips

  • Flat pork roasts cook more quickly than round pork roasts.
  • When a cookbook specifies a range such as 30 to 35 minutes, start with the shorter time and add cooking time if necessary.
  • Most of the pork’s fat will render out during cooking, leaving behind a relatively lean and low-calorie meal.
  • It is still recommended that pork be cooked to an internal temperature of 1455°F to 155°F so it is safe to eat.
  • There are two basic methods to make your pork roast flavorful: dry heat and moist heat.
  • Dry heat is most often used on cuts that are naturally tender, such as bacon, chops, steaks, loin roasts, and tenderloins.
  • Moist Heat is most often used on cuts that are less tender, such as ribs, shoulder cubes and boneless Boston butt roasts.
  • Roasting is a good method to use when preparing a meal where other dishes have to be made before serving the meal.
  • For a crisp surface on your roast, be sure the oven is fully preheated before placing the roast into the oven in an uncovered pan.
  • Roasting at a lower oven temperature will result in meat that is more flavorful and moist.
  • Never roast meat below 200°F.
  • A roast with a bone in it will cook faster than a boneless roast because the bone will conduct heat faster than the meat.
  • Use utensils such as wooden spoons and spatulas for turning the meat.
  • When placing a thermometer in the meat to check if it has been cooked thoroughly, be sure that the stem of it is not touching a bone because this can result in a false reading.

There are many different ways to cook a pork roast in a pressure cooker to make it an enjoyable meal. There are many different combinations, ingredients, and options for a different meal every night. Below are a few recipes to fill your stomach and put a smile on your face.

Pork Roast and Vegetables

You need:

  • Skillet
  • Cooking oil
  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Aluminum foil, optional
  • Timer

Directions:

  1. Check the lid of your pressure cooker, ensuring that the gasket is intact and that the cooker’s pressure gauge and safety valves are free of debris and operating smoothly.
  2. Brown the pork roast in a hot skillet, searing it on all sides in a tablespoon of oil or less. Deglaze the pan with a half-cup of water, stirring to get up all the flavorful cooked-on brown juices, then pour the liquid back into a measuring cup. Add water or broth to reach the minimum recommended amount of liquid for 40 minutes of cooking in your pressure cooker.
  3. Place the rack in the pressure cooker. Position it at least 1 inch above the level of the liquid for steam roasting. Prop it up on balls of aluminum foil to reach the correct height, if necessary.
  4. Place the rack in the pressure cooker. Position it at least 1 inch above the level of the liquid for steam roasting. Prop it up on balls of aluminum foil to reach the correct height, if necessary.
  5. Cut your vegetables while the pork cooks. Consult the timing charts in your favorite cookbook or on a pressure-cooker website, and ensure that you cut the vegetables to sizes that cook in the same amount of time. For example, most root vegetables require four minutes of cooking time when they’re cut into 1-inch chunks.
  6. Release the cooker’s pressure when your timer goes off. Use the quick-release vent if your cooker has one, or run cold water over the pot until the pressure releases. Open the cooker and arrange your vegetables loosely around the roast. Reseal the pot and return it to pressure, then reset the timer for the few minutes’ cooking time needed for your vegetables.
  7. Open the pot again, using the same quick-release or cold water method, and remove the vegetables and the roast. Let the pork rest for a few minutes before carving, for the juiciest result. If you wish, strain and skim the fat from the cooking juices, and use those as the base for a sauce.

Pressure Cooker Pork Roast

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3- to 3-1/2 lb. pork shoulder roast
  • 1 tsp. caraway seed, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup apple cider OR apple juice
  • 3 medium cooking apples, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. Trim any visible fat from the meat and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine caraway seed, salt, and pepper; rub this mixture over roast.
  3. In a 4- or 6-quart pressure cooker heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat or use brown function.
  4. Cook meat until brown on all sides, adding more oil, if necessary. Remove the meat from the pressure cooker and set aside. Drain off fat.
  5. Place the trivet or an oven-proof rack in the pressure cooker.
  6. Return the meat to the pressure cooker and add the onion, water, and apple cider.
  7. Lock lid in place and bring the cooker up to high pressure; cook for 45 minutes.
  8. Allow pressure to come down naturally, then carefully remove the lid. Transfer meat and onion to a serving platter; keep warm by covering with foil.
  9. Add apples to pressure cooker and bring to boiling. Cover loosely (do not lock lid) and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until apples are crisp-tender. With a slotted spoon, remove apples to serving platter with pork roast and onions. Serve immediately.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do Electric Pressure Cookers cook food faster?

Electric cookers cook food faster because of the increased pressure which raises the boiling point of the water higher than a regular pan, thus, allowing food to cook faster. Also, they retain nutrients as they always have nowhere to go because they can’t evaporate.

How long does it take to release the pressure from a pressure cooker?

The average time taken to release pressure from a pressure cooker is about 8-25 minutes. However, this sometimes depends on the model of pressure cooker you’re using and the settings you’ve been on as well.

What food can you cook with Electric Pressure Cookers?

There are hundreds of meals you can cook with your electric pressure cooker, although most people use them mainly for soup, beans, and stews.

Final Tips

According to Cuisinart, the pork roast should be about 3 pounds so it can cook for 50-55 minutes. The recommended pressure release method should be a natural pressure release.  Using these many tips will ensure a delicious pressure cooker pork roast for your family and more free time for the family cook!