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Pork chops and sauerkraut with bacon and carrots on a plate

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Sauerkraut, Apples & Bacon

Pork chops and sauerkraut are a classic recipe.  This Instant Pot Pork Chops with Sauerkraut, Apples & Bacon is a way to take this recipe up a notch with great added flavors!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pork Chops with Sauerkraut, Apples & Bacon, instant pot pork chops
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Pressurizing & natural release time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 487kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • Instant Pot
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Peeler


  • 4 boneless pork chops, 3/4" - 1" thick
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 slices bacon raw and chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 32 ounce jar Frank's Polish-Style Sauerkraut rinsed and well drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 apples cored and quartered, peel if desired

Serve with a batch of your favorite mashed potatoes


    • Using the sauté setting on your Instant Pot, add 1-2 Tbs. oil; when the oil is hot, add the chops, browning them on both sides, working in batches, if needed, so you don’t overcrowd the pot. Set the browned chops on a plate as you work.
    • Add the onions, bacon, carrots and garlic to the pot and sauté for 2-3 minutes. 
    • Add the drained sauerkraut and apples to the pot, along with the chicken broth; top with the reserved pork chops. 
    • Lock the IP lid into place, then use the manual button to choose 15 minutes on the High-Pressure setting, bringing the IP to full pressure. When the timer sounds, use a 10-minute natural release, followed by a quick release if any pressure remains in the IP.
    • To serve, place warm mashed potatoes on plates and top with sauerkraut, apples, and pork. Enjoy! 


    • All cooking appliances and conditions are different, so you should test these times and guidelines first in your own appliance to determine what adjustments may be needed!
    • Rinsing the sauerkraut makes the flavor milder - my husband likes a strong taste and prefers not to rinse
    • The apple peel will come off under pressure in the Instant Pot.  If that bothers you peel the apples
    • We use thick slices of bacon because more bacon means more flavor
    • Reduce the amount of supplemental ingredients if you really want one flavor to stand out
    • Browning the pork chops adds a bit of flavor and color
    • Be sure to use at least a ten-minute natural release when cooking pork chops to allow the protein fibers to relax.  Using the quick release will leave the chops tough
    • 15 minutes of cook time means the chops will be tender but not fall apart.  Pressure cook longer for fall apart pork chops.


    Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1958mg | Potassium: 1266mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 7748IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 5mg