Pressure cooker BBQ Pork Chops are moist, flavorful and coated in a sticky, finger-licking good barbecue sauce.
Say goodbye to tough pork chops–these Instant Pot BBQ pork chops are succulent and you’ll have a delicious dinner on the table in less than 40 minutes.
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If you love BBQ, you’ve probably enjoyed smoked pork chops smothered in flavorful barbecue sauce from a local BBQ restaurant.
They are delicious and tender and got me thinking about how I could adapt the concept to make pressure cooker BBQ pork chops at home.
I already love making Instant Pot BBQ country style ribs and figured BBQ pork chops might be equally as delicious in the pressure cooker.
I’ve always enjoyed pork chops when eating out, but after years of cooking mediocre pork chops that were often dry and overcooked, I was a little hesitant to test out new recipes. Leaner cuts of pork can be tricky.
Recently, I developed a recipe for the juiciest, easy Instant Pot pork chops and all was redeemed. I have a new appreciation for pork. Having a solid Instant Pot pork chop recipe makes such a difference.
Then I borrowed a few ideas from that original recipe and began by searing seasoned pork chops to develop some flavor and jumpstart the cooking process.
Next, I added some water and barbecue sauce and let everything cook together at high pressure. The result is sticky, sweet, spicy and smoky Instant Pot BBQ pork chops.
These juicy pork chops practically fall apart!
Delicious Sides To Serve With BBQ Pork Chops:
How Long To Cook Pork Chops In The Instant Pot
I’ll admit, I was initially concerned about how long to cook pork chops in the Instant Pot. I wanted them to be cooked through but I was a little afraid they would be tough after pressure cooking.
So I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with cook times.
Here’s the thing–pork chops will technically be cooked through in less time than what you see in my recipe, but I’ve found the longer time at high pressure ensures that you’ll have tender pork chops.
In my experience, shorter cook times result in tougher chops, and nobody wants that.
A few tips you’ll want to consider for this great recipe that makes an easy dinner:
- Select boneless pork chops that are about 1″ thick. You should adjust the cooking time as needed for thinner or thicker pork chops.
- Be sure to season the pork chops well.
- Experiment with different flavors of BBQ sauce. Sweet, spicy, Carolina-style, the sky is the limit!
- Whisking the BBQ sauce with water helps to reduce its viscosity, so it will boil without scorching (which allows the Instant Pot to achieve high pressure).
- Want an extra sticky glaze? Top with more BBQ sauce and slide the finished chop under the broiler for a few minutes before serving.
How to Make Instant Pot BBQ Pork Chops
It’s really easy to make Instant Pot boneless pork chops with barbecue sauce.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Black Pepper
- Boneless Pork Chops
- Olive Oil
- BBQ Sauce
How to Make It:
(Full printable recipe is available below)
Season the pork chops. First, you’ll combine the dried seasonings in a small bowl then rub both sides of the pork chops with the seasoning blend.
Sear the pork chops. Next, you’ll heat oil in the Instant Pot using the saute function. Brown the pork chops for 2-3 minutes on each side. Work in batches if needed.
Remove the pork chops to a plate and deglaze the bottom of the pot with water, scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon or spatula to remove any stuck-on bits.
This is important in order to avoid the Burn error on the Instant Pot.
Cook the pork chops. Last, you’ll add the BBQ sauce and whisk it with the water before returning the pork chops to the Instant Pot.
Seal the lid and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure followed by a natural release of pressure (natural release keeps meat the most tender).
If you’re in a hurry, you can allow a 10-minute natural release of pressure, followed by a quick release of remaining pressure.
Serve with additional reserved BBQ sauce on top, or follow the instructions below for thickening the cooking liquid.
Notes and Adaptations:
If desired, you can thicken the liquid remaining in the pot with a cornstarch slurry so it can be a sauce–this is great for serving over rice, noodles, or potatoes (I do this with my Instant Pot BBQ country style ribs).
Whisk in the remaining BBQ sauce, then whisk together a slurry of 1 TBSP cornstarch and 1 TBSP water.
Bring the liquid to a simmer using the Saute function, and add the slurry, whisking until thickened, then spoon sauce over pork chops.
And if you like this recipe, be sure to try my Instant Pot pork roast recipe, too!
- Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 boneless pork chops, each about 1" thick
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 3/4 cup water
- 18-oz bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce, divided
- In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, and salt.
- Place pork chops on a plate and sprinkle seasoning generously over both sides of each chop, rubbing the seasonings into the pork.
- Add olive oil to the insert pot of the Instant Pot. Use the Saute function to heat the oil.
- Once oil is hot, add pork chops to the pot, cooking for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden-brown. If four pork chops won't fit in your pot at a time, work in batches.
- Remove seared pork chops to plate and press Cancel to turn off the Saute function. Add
water to the pot and use a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot (this is important for preventing a BURN error).
- Stir in 1 cup BBQ sauce, whisking to combine with the water.
- Return pork chops to the BBQ mixture in the pot. Close lid and set the vent to the sealed position. Select a cook time of 15 minutes at high pressure.
- When the cook time is complete, allow a natural pressure release. If you are in a hurry, you can opt for a 10 minute natural release, followed by a quick release of remaining pressure.
- After the pressure has released and the valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid. Remove pork chops to a plate and let rest for a few minutes. Brush or pour additional barbecue sauce onto the pork chops before serving.
- Although the pork chops will technically be "cooked through" in a shorter time, I've found shorter cook times result in meat that is tough, so I prefer the longer cook time for more tender chops.
- If desired, you can thicken the liquid remaining in the pot to be a sauce--this is great for serving over rice, noodles, or potatoes (I do this with my Instant Pot BBQ country style ribs). Whisk in the remaining BBQ sauce, then whisk together a slurry of 1 TBSP cornstarch and 1 TBSP water. Bring the liquid to a simmer using the Saute function, and add the slurry, whisking until thickened, then spoon sauce over pork chops.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 568Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1722mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 38g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.