Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
Everyone loves pot roast. But in order to make a pot roast the right way (falling apart tender), you need time… Lots of time. That is, until now. With just 2 hours of cook time, this pressure cooker pot roast recipe is a game-changer!
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So Why the New Method?
My family is constantly asking me to cook pot roast. And traditionally, I’ve had two ways I do that: 1- in the slow cooker (6 hours); 2- in the oven (4-5 hours). One day in the future, I’ll tell you which is my favorite. The big problem with these two ways is this… Unless everyone is coming to our house for dinner, it’s always difficult to get the serving time right because they both take so long.
For example… We are meeting at my mom’s house for dinner this coming Sunday evening. I live almost an hour from her. And I’m not a big fan transporting cooked food and reheating it. There’s just too much quality lost. Plus, we’ll be at church in the morning. So my best option is to cook at her house. All that to say… It is MUCH more convenient to use my new Instant Pot recipe!
One great feature of the Instant Pot is how easy it is to transport. I can bring it to my mom’s house, set it up, and have a perfectly cooked, fall-apart tender pot roast in two hours flat. 2 hours, people!
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- 4 lb chuck roast
- 2 Tbsp. grape seed oil (or other high-temp oil)
- 2 large yellow onions - divided, sliced
- 8 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 Tbsp. garlic - minced
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 cups beef broth
- 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms - sliced
- 5 medium carrots - peeled and chunked
- 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp. water
- Bring chuck roast to room temperature, then season well with salt and pepper.
- Heat the Instant Pot using the sauté setting. Once hot, add oil, then sear roast on both sides. Set aside. (You can do steps 2-4 in a cast iron skillet. I love the crust you can only get from cast iron. Then just add to Instant Pot.)
- Add 1 onion to pot and cook for 2 minutes, until translucent. Then add garlic and thyme for 1 minute.
- Add red wine to deglaze the pot, making sure to scrape up all bits. Let wine simmer and reduce for at least 5 minutes.
- Add roast, then add enough broth so that the roast is just barely covered.
- Close Instant Pot and switch to manual setting for 75 minutes.
- Once time is complete, let pressure naturally release (about 30 minutes).
- Carefully remove roast and set aside to rest.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, pour liquid into separate container, then return to pot.
- In a small dish, combine cornstarch and water. Then add to pot.
- Add sliced onion, carrots, and mushrooms to pot and close lid.
- Using manual setting, cook for 7 minutes, then quick-release pressure.
- Serve together and enjoy!