Instant Pot Pork Shoulder With Apple Cider and Fresh Apples

We’ve been hosting guests more often this past year, and when hosting, we try to keep our recipes simple, flavorful and affordable. For all of those reasons, there isn’t anything we love to cook more than a delicious pork roast. This recipe for Instant Pot Pork Shoulder With Apple Cider and Fresh Apples is a definite crowd pleaser! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board but all thoughts are our own. 

Pork is one of those versatile and attainable proteins that can bring people together.  When cooking a large cut of pork, it can serve a ton of people, and the leftovers can be utilized fantastically in many delicious ways. For this recipe, we love turning the leftovers into sandwiches and tacos!

Here is our tip for cooking pork: temperature! This is crucial to get right with pork. For cuts like pork chops and tenderloin, cook to an internal temperature of 145⁰F followed by a 3-minute rest. This is where the flavor is at! For a large muscle like pork shoulder, while it’s safe to eat once it reaches 145⁰F, you’ll have the best eating experience when it reaches about 190⁰F. For the most accurate temperature, use a digital meat thermometer. You can learn more about pork cooking temperature here.

We’re having people over in a few weeks to celebrate our 5- year blogging anniversary (can you believe it’s already been five years!?) and this roast is what we’re putting on the table. It makes a beautiful centerpiece dish!

You can add whatever kind of veggies you’d like to this recipe, but we kept it simple with carrots and fresh apples. If you don’t like adding sweet flavors to your savory dishes, you can replace the apples with onions, mushrooms, or even peppers.

Cooking all of this in the Instant Pot is a great way to have a beautiful roast, plus veggies as a side.

For more delicious pork recipes and cooking inspiration, visit https://www.pork.org/?utm_source=OurCountertop&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=Holiday

Let’s get started. 

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder With Apple Cider and Fresh Apples

Course Main Course


  • 1 pork loin
  • 3 apples
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • fresh thyme
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • 1 cup chicken powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Start by chopping apples, onions, carrots, and garlic.

  2. Season your pork loin with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

  3. Put your instant pot on saute. Add olive oil and sear pork loin on both sides. Set aside.

  4. Add onions to the pot.

  5. Once cooked down, add carrots, apples, and garlic.

  6. Add ACV to deglaze.

  7. Add apple cider and chicken broth.

  8. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

  9. Put roast on top.

  10. Pressure cook for 20 minutes with a slow release and enjoy!


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