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Instant Pot Pork and Sauerkraut

Patricia Reitz

Do you enjoy pork on New Year’s Day? Pork Roast? Tenderloins? Sausage and Peppers? Pork and Sauerkraut is our family’s go-to meal to celebrate New Year’s Day, but it’s always taken some advanced planning to make in the oven (4 hours), or in the slow cooker (low 6 hours; high 12 hours). But using an Instant Pot, the cook time is drastically reduced down to only 1 hour, and it tastes amazing!

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Start by browning the boneless country-style pork ribs. You can do this right in your Instant Pot if it has a “saute” function, or you can do it in a skillet. My IP has a saute function, but I prefer to use a skillet for this part because I’m short, and it’s faster.

If browning the pork in a skillet, transfer it to the Instant Pot when both sides are brown.

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Spread the sauerkraut over the browned pork. By the way, if you use an 8-quart IP, you’ll have enough room to steam some red bliss potatoes (I place them in a small stainless steel mesh basket on top of the sauerkraut).

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Skillet users - don’t let all those tasty brown bits go to waste….

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Turn off the heat and pour the French onion soup into the skillet. The residual heat from the pan will allow the soup to deglaze the pan (dissolve all those yummy brown bits).

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Add the brown sugar too; stir everything together.

Scrape the bottom of the pan to make sure all of those tasty brown bits have dissolved into the soup.

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Pour the soup mixture over the sauerkraut and give everything a mix.

On a side note, I love my cast iron skillets!

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Back to the recipe, put the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the vent is set on “sealing”.

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Depending on which IP model you have, push either the “Manual” or “High Pressure” button.

Cook for 30 minutes on “Manual” or “High Pressure”, then allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Items used to make this recipe:


Instant Pot Pork and SauerKraut

makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 3 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs

  • 1 1/2 pounds sauerkraut, rinsed and drained

  • 10 once can French onion soup

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Using the saute function in your 6-quart or larger Instant Pot, heat oil, season pork with salt and pepper, and brown on all sides (see notes below if your IP doesn’t have a saute function).

  2. Add sauerkraut; stir together brown sugar and French onion soup (undiluted) and add to Instant Pot.

  3. Seal Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes; allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • If your IP doesn’t have a saute function, brown the pork in a large skillet on the stovetop. Place browned pork in IP and pour soup into skillet to deglaze all the tasty brown bits before adding to IP.

  • Alternatively, a single recipe will fit in a 9x13 casserole dish and can be baked in the oven (cover with foil and bake at 350F for 4 hours). OR cook in slow cooker (6 hours on low, 12 hours on high).

  • If you don't have French onion soup on hand, you can substitute an equal amount of water and 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder or minced dried onion.