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A pork roast is something usually reserved for weekends or special occasions because it takes so long to do. Now with an Instant Pot, you can have your favorite Keto Pork Roast ready to go any weeknight!

It’s still an awesome recipe to serve up on holidays and family gatherings but try this recipe one weeknight and win your family over.

It’s low carb, perfectly keto, which means you can prepare it with a keto-friendly side for yourself and regular options for others in the family.

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This pork roast calls for a pork shoulder which is also called pork butt or Boston butt. If you see those in the market as well, they will work great here too.

It’s spiced with cocoa powder for an exotic taste that’s perfect for a keto thanksgiving.

Serve this up with our keto coleslaw, or keto cauliflower casserole and you may not even have to serve carb-heavy sides!

Have leftovers with eggs and a slice of toasted keto 90-second mug bread for breakfast the next morning.

Instant Pot Keto Pork Roast

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Instant Pot Keto Pork Roast with Cocoa Rub

The basic pork roast is given an unusual makeover.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Preparation time: 1 hour

Natural Detoxification20 Minutes

Time allotted: 1 hour 40 minutes



Dry Rub

  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder
  •  1 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tbsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Pork Roast

  • 4 lbs pork shoulder roast trimmed and cut into 6-8 pieces
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 large celery stalks chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 ½ cup chicken broth organic
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  1. Remove the pork shoulder from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes (but not more than 2 hours) before cooking it to prevent it from becoming tough. Make a mental note to put it aside.
  2. Prepare the dry rub by mixing together all of the ingredients in a small basin. In a small mixing bowl, combine the dry rub ingredients. Rub the dry rub into all sides of each pork shoulder part, reserving 1 tablespoon of the rub for later use. Remove the seasoned pork and dry rub from the pan and set them aside.
  3. When the Instant Pot® is hot, select the “Sauté” function and add one tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Sear the pork on each side for roughly 2-3 minutes each side, depending on how well it has been seasoned. (If required, work in two batches at a time.) Pork should be transferred to a platter and left aside.
  4. .Combine the remaining olive oil with the celery, carrots, and yellow onion in a large mixing bowl.Sauté, stirring periodically, until veggies begin to get a bit darker in color and smell fragrant, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the broth until everything is well combined, gently scraping any brown pieces from the bottom of the saucepan with a wooden spoon along the way. Turn the machine off by pressing the power button.
  6. Return the pork shoulder to the Instant Pot® and turn off the heat. Combine bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme in a small bowl. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of dry rub until everything is well-combined. Place the lid on top and secure it in place. Set the “Sealing” setting on the vent and the “Manual” timer to 50 minutes on the timer.
  7. Upon completion of the cooking period, allow the pressure to naturally relax for 20 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure that may have built up.
  8. Discard the bay leaves as well as the woody stalks from the rosemary and thyme after you have removed the cover. Placing the pork roast on a serving plate and covering it with foil to keep warm is a good idea.Make a mental note to put it aside.
  9. Blend the pan sauces until they are completely smooth using an immersion blender. You can also use a standard blender to transfer the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve the pork roast immediately with your choice of side dishes and a dollop of the warm sauce on top. Enjoy!

Try this keto pulled pork recipe, keto pork chops or this keto pork stir fry if you’re a big pork fan!

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