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
Keyword Instant Pork Chops with Sauerkraut, Apples & Bacon, instant pot pork chops
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Pressurizing & natural release time 30minutes
Total Time 1hour15minutes
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
4boneless pork chops, 3/4" - 1" thick
2tablespoonsvegetable or canola oil
4slicesbaconraw and chopped
32ounce jarFrank's Polish-Style Sauerkrautrinsed and well drained
2applescored 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.