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Instant Pot Pork and Beans


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Meal planning can be tough, especially over the summer months. Whether you are looking for an amazing side dish to accompany your BBQ meal or simply a delicious main dish to serve your family, these Instant Pot Pork and Beans are sure to please.

pork and beans topped with parsley in a blue bowl on a wooden table with a blue and white striped cloth and an instant pot in the background

There are so many delicious things that you can do with a recipe like this. Not only does it serve as a satisfying side dish, but it can be a yummy main course too.

If you haven’t made baked beans from scratch, you are missing out on an amazing dish! The difference between homemade and canned is like the difference between night and day.

a bowl of pork and beans in a blue bowl topped with parsley on a cutting board with an instant pot in the background

A recipe like this usually takes a great deal of time to put together. Usually a full day of slow simmering. This is because the flavors need time to meld and develop.

Making pork and beans in the Instant Pot cuts back on your overall cooking time dramatically. And unlike traditional baked beans made from dry beans, there’s no need to soak the beans overnight ahead of time. That’s the beauty of pressure cooking!

For planning purposes, you’ll need just a minute to prep the dish, 15 to 20 minutes for the pot to come to pressure, 30 minutes of cook time, and another 20 minutes or so for the pressure to release.

Whether you are serving these to a crowd at a BBQ or on a busy weeknight to your family, they are a great addition to your recipe repertoire.

a bowl of pork and beans in a blue bowl topped with parsley on a cutting board with an instant pot in the background

How to Make Instant Pot Pork and Beans

What makes this dish so much better than baked beans out of a can are the flavorful ingredients.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 pound bone-in pork chops
  • 3 cups dry beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped in large chunks
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon Jamaican Jerk BBQ seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water

Ingredient Substitutions

I know a lot of baked beans recipes call for liquid smoke. I’ve tried this recipe both with and without it, and I prefer it without so I’ve left it off the ingredient list. If you want to try it, add one teaspoon.

You might have noticed that I didn’t specify the types of beans. Most people use pinto or navy beans, which work great. I like a mix of dark red kidney beans and pinto beans for added texture and visual appeal.

Don’t have molasses? Leave out the brown sugar too and substitute 1/3 cup of maple syrup to replace them both.

Want to use bacon instead of pork? Saute the bacon in the instant pot before adding any ingredients. Remove the bacon and set aside but leave some of the grease, then follow the remaining instructions.

Break the bacon into pieces and stir into the beans after you remove the lid. Replace the lid and wait 3-4 minutes, just enough time to let the beans warm the bacon through.

Instructions

Prior to cooking your beans, you are going to want to sort (remove any bad ones) and rinse them. Navy beans or pinto beans are the ideal type of bean for this recipe. You will require about 3 cups of them when they are dry.

Since the beans will be cooking for so long in the Instant Pot, there’s no need to soak the beans prior to cooking.

As far as step-by-step instructions, they aren’t really needed. Simply add everything to the pot in the order listed in the ingredient list. But for those of you who like the in-process pictures, here you go.

Step 1: Pork

First, you’ll place the pork chops in the bottom of the inner liner. You’ll need about one pound so probably two good-sized chops.

pork chops in an instant pot next to a metal colander filled with beans

Step 2: Beans

Next add the beans.

an instant pot with pork chops and beans in it next to a green cloth on a table

Step 3: Most Everything Else

Then, add the onions, butter, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt, Jamaican Jerk BBQ seasoning, ketchup, and molasses.

an instant pot filled with pork chops topped with beans, onion, ketchup and seasonings

Step 4: Add the Liquid

Finally, add the liquid. You’ll need 6 cups total. A 32 ounce carton has four cups of broth so I just make up the difference with plain water.

an instant pot filled with pork chops and beans topped with liquid, onions, and seasonings

Step 5: Pressure Cook

Close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to sealing. Set the Instant Pot to manual high-pressure and set the timer for 30 minutes.

When the cook time ends, allow for a natural release of the pressure (don’t turn the valve to venting). Since beans are very frothy, they’ll make a mess if you try to perform a quick release.

When the pin drops indicating all the pressure has been released, carefully remove the lid.

an instant pot filled with pork and beans with a spoonful of pork and beans above it

The pork should pull apart easily. Use a fork to pull off any pieces of pork stuck to the bones, then discard the bones.

Serve as a main dish or a side dish.

a bowl of pork and beans in a blue bowl topped with parsley on a cutting board with an instant pot in the background

This recipe serves 12 to 16 people depending on what you are using it for, so it is perfect for a crowd, especially as a side dish.

What Can I Serve Instant Pot Baked Beans With?

This recipe is so versatile it can go with almost anything. If you are serving them as a main dish, pair them with fresh crusty bread or cornbread and a crisp green salad.

If you choose to serve these baked beans as a side dish, you can serve them with almost anything. Baked beans make the perfect side dish for grilled meats, pulled pork, and even some breakfast foods.

Instant Pot Pork and Beans with cilantro

Instant Pot Pork and Beans

When you need a delicious, filling meal for a crowd, Instant Pot Pork and Beans are the perfect solution!
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Pressure build and release 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 244 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound bone-in pork chops
  • 3 cups dry beans sorted and rinsed
  • 2 medium onions chopped in large chunks
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons Jamaican Jerk BBQ seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to the pot.
  • Close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to sealing.
  • Set a manual high-pressure time for 30 minutes.
  • Let all of the pressure release naturally before turning the valve to venting and removing the lid.
  • Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 956mgPotassium: 748mgFiber: 4gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 445IUVitamin C: 10.1mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 2.6mg
Keyword instant pot, pork and beans
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7 thoughts on “Instant Pot Pork and Beans”

  1. 5 stars
    Really good! I attempted to cut this down in size. I am not sure if mine would be exactly like this, but it is a easy one for a novice, and has wonderful taste, and texture.

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  2. 4 stars
    Great flavor and texture, easy recipe. I agree with the comment from Suzanne, thirty minutes is not enough time. I had to add another 20 minutes. The beans were very soupy. I scooped out most of the beans and hit the saute button, reduced the liquid by about 1/3, added about 1/2 cup of beans back into the instant pot, then used my immersion blender to thicken the sauce.

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  3. PRE-SOAK your beans!!! great recipe otherwise. Used Pinto beans and darn…had to cook for an extra 60mins odd in pressure cooker to get them soft enough {after taking pork out on the first round]. Eish……

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  4. 2 stars
    This is a very sweet recipe. Lots of sugar between the ketchup, brown sugar and molasses. You may want to hold back some.

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