These Instant Pot Pork Chops are so easy and flavorful! Made with a bacon and apple glaze, they are incredibly tender and can be made with boneless or bone in pork chops.
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I’m back on the Instant Pot train today with these incredible, flavorful Instant Pot Pork Chops!
Looking for more basic Instant Pot recipes? Try these:
- Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
- Instant Pot Whole Chicken (fresh or frozen)
- How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
You guys, bacon and apples are meant to be. A little smoky, a little sweet, a little savory. This combo is unreal.
I’ll be honest and say that I’m not a big fan of pork chops. Or maybe I should say that I wasn’t a fan of pork chops until I made pressure cooker pork chops.
They are ridiculously tender, and the flavor (have I said that too many times??).
Let me break it down for you:
The bacon is crisped up in the Instant Pot, and then removed (we don’t want it to burn!). But allllll that flavor stays behind, and we sear our pork chops in it.
Then, we pressure cook the pork chops (boneless or bone in!), in apple juice, until fall apart tender, and remove them oh-so carefully.
After that, we turn the Instant Pot on saute and reduce our juice and seasonings to make a smoky sweet glaze, and add our bacon back in. The next step? Drizzle it allllll over those pork chops and dig in.
Boneless pork chops are super convenient because you don’t have to work with the bone, and there’s little or no trimming required after cooking. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- boneless pork chops tend to shrink more than bone in pork chops, so you may want to throw in a few extra if you are feeding a few people. They may turn out to be quite a bit smaller after pressure cooking!
- go for the thicker pork chops so they don’t turn out dry and overcooked — we’re looking for 3/4-1″ thick, and not the fast fry.
- They will be nearly cooked by the time you’re done searing them, but you really want to pressure cook them for 8 minutes so they are tender and juicy.
Bone in pork chops have incredible flavor and a great texture. Here are some tips for cooking:
- Bone in pork chops won’t shrink as much as boneless pork chops
- As with boneless pork chops, you want to make sure you aren’t grabbing the pack of “fast fry” or super thin pork chops, otherwise you will end up with overcooked pork.
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- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
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- 3 slices thick cut bacon diced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pinch black pepper
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- salt and pepper
- 6 boneless thick cut pork chops
- 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 tablespoon water
- Turn the Instant Pot to saute and wait until it reads “hot”.
- Add the bacon and onion and cook, stirring often, until bacon is crispy and onion has softened and browned. Add the garlic, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper and stir. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon grease behind.
- Drizzle oil over both sides of the pork chops and season with salt and pepper. Sear on both sides in a single layer, in the Instant Pot, for about 2-3 minutes or until browned and they move easily. (If they feel stuck, they are probably not quite done). You may have to sear the chops in two sets.
- Turn the Instant Pot off. Add the apple juice to the hot pan, and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze (You may have to remove the pork chops to do this if you have a lot stuck on, but you add them back in with the juice to pressure cook).
- Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 8 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to build pressure and start counting down.
- When the cook time is over, let pressure release naturally (i.e., turn off and do nothing!) for 10 minutes, then move the valve to venting, release remaining pressure and open the lid.
- Remove the pork chops to a plate and cover to keep warm. Turn Instant Pot to saute.
- Combine corn starch and water and add to juices in pot, along with the bacon and onion, cooking and stirring to thicken. Serve over pork chops.
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