Instant Pot BBQ Pork Chops

I’ve been delighted to discover how to get moist and juicy pork chops from my Instant Pot (get yours here: The secret is using the Low Pressure setting. Now I can get juicy pork chops every time!

This savory-sweet recipe with just the right hint of spice is delicious, and the magic of pressure cooking means you can get amazing flavors in only 30 minutes. Serve this delicious dish with our Bacon Ranch Potatoes [insert link] for a dinner everyone will talk about.

It’s important not to skip the 10 minute natural pressure release (NPR). Quick release of pressure, especially for a lean cut like a pork chop, will cause the meat to be tough.

Pro Tip: This recipe works best with 1” thick bone-in pork chops. If your butcher cuts them thinner, reduce the cooking time to 4 minutes, plus the 10 minute NPR.

This savory-sweet recipe with just the right hint of spice is delicious


Spice Mixture (or substitute 3 tbsp of your favorite pork rub)

  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp each chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup bbq sauce


  1. In a small bowl combine the Spice Mixture ingredients and use to season both sides of the pork chops.
  2. Add olive oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  3. When oil gets hot, brown the meat on both sides, 3-4 minutes per side. Meat will not be cooked through. Do not crowd the pot–you may have to work in batches. Transfer browned meat to a shallow dish and cover loosely with foil.
  4. Add broth to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Put the meat back into the pot.
  6. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  7. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 7 minutes and adjust to LOW PRESSURE.
  8. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  9. Remove the pork chops to a foil-lined baking sheet and brush with bbq sauce. Set the pan under the broiler until meat is caramelized and bubbly, 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.