Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Pork Chops are made in the pressure cooker and topped with a sweet and tangy pineapple barbecue sauce. It's a quick and easy dinner that's perfect for busy days!
If you're looking for a quick and easy Instant Pot pork chop recipe, you have to try these Hawaiian BBQ pork chops! Just add the ingredients to the pressure cooker, cook, and in less than 3o minutes, you have juicy, flavorful pork chops!
I don't usually describe dinners as dump and go, but this recipe for Instant Pot pork chops really is a dump and go kind of dinner. It's the pressure cooker version of a boneless pork chop recipe I make sometimes on the stove, only I think it's so much easier to make in the Instant Pot. It's one of the easiest Instant Pot recipes you can make!
Personally, I think getting perfectly cooked, tender pan-fried pork chops can be a little tricky. My mom always made baked pork chops with a Shake and Bake or Oven Fry crispy coating -- crunchy, but good. I have a similar version I make with panko bread crumbs, but it's already too hot for that now.
So this Instant Pot boneless pork chop recipe is perfect right now! I usually sear the chops before frying them, and you can do that with this recipe if you want. I was trying to save time and fit all 6 pork chops into the pressure cooker, so I just skipped the searing.
How to make Instant Pot pork chops with Hawaiian BBQ pineapple sauce
I stayed pretty close to my original recipe when I made these pressure cooker pork chops. I added a little oil to the pot, and then I added the pork chops. Like I said, you can sear them first, either on saute or on the stove, but I was going for quick and easy dinner that day!
After the chops were nestled snugly together, I sprinkled them with a mix of dried spices.
Then, I added pineapple juice, brown sugar and barbecue sauce. I just drained a can of pineapple tidbits and used the juice for the liquid. It's about a cup, which is plenty of liquid when combined with the juice from the pork and the sauce. I also threw in some pineapple for extra flavor.
Don't stir everything together. Just keep the thick BBQ sauce on top of the chops, and it'll be fine.
How long do you cook pork chops in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker?
These chops were pretty thick -- about an inch or so. I cooked them for 8 minutes, which was perfect. If you have thinner chops, you may want to try cooking them for 6 minutes or so. As with so many Instant Pot recipes, you may have to experiment a little until you find what works best for you.
When the pork chops were done, I put them on a serving platter and covered them with foil. This helps keep them juicy and also gives you time to boil the sauce a little to thicken it. You can also make a cornstarch slurry or add a little extra barbecue sauce to the liquid to thicken it up.
You can also add the rest of the pineapple before serving. My kids love extra pineapple!
Do you need to add extra water to the pressure cooker?
You need thin liquid to bring the Instant Pot to pressure. In this case, the liquid from the pineapple juice, the thick pork chops and other ingredients is enough. I've made this several times, and it turns out perfect every time!
What do you serve with Hawaiian style pineapple pork chops?
We like to serve ours with Instant Pot jasmine rice. I usually cook that in my 6-quart pressure cooker while the pork chops are in the 8 quart. You can also make couscous, quinoa or mashed potatoes. You can also serve your favorite veggies to round out the meal!
Recipe for Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Pork Chops
Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Pork Chops
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 boneless pork loin chops about 1 inch thick
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
- 1 cup pineapple juice from 15-ounce can of pineapple tidbits
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pineapple tidbits, plus more, if desired
- Add olive oil and pork chops to the Instant Pot, and top evenly with sea salt, ginger, garlic powder and minced onions
- Pour pineapple juice around the sides and over the pork chops, then add the BBQ sauce and brown sugar. Do not stir.
- Cover, and set vent to sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 8 minutes
- After 8 minutes, do a natural release for 5 minutes, then do quick release until pin drops
- Remove pork chops to a large platter, cover, and let rest
- Hit SAUTE to boil and thicken sauce for about 5 minutes, or add a cornstarch slurry or extra BBQ sauce and boil for even for thicker sauce (optional)
- Pour sauce and remaining pineapple over chops, and serve. Garnish with extra uncooked pineapple, if desired
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
My family can't get enough of these easy Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Pork Chops. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Colynda Wyatt says
I have no dried minced onion, would there be a substitute for them? Also, does it matter what kind or flavor of bbq sauce you use?
You can use a chopped onion or onion powder. Or, skip the onion if you don't have any. Any flavor BBQ sauce will work. 🙂
The sauce was amazing and the recipe simple. We seared both sides of the pork chops and let the pressure release naturally to the very end in an attempt to get very tender meat. However, the pork chops were tough and dry but the sauce was excellent. Please let me know if you have any tips for making the meat tender and moist. Thank you!
So sorry this happened! Were the chops thick? Usually the thinner ones tend to dry out more.
I made this today and it was absolutely delicious. The sauce will have more color than what picture shows. I seared the chops before adding additional ingredients which the recipe did not call for. So easy and would work great with chicken too. Will definitely make this recipe again!
Thanks so much, Dianna! I'm so glad you liked it!
Jan P says
This had a great flavor, but the pork chop seemed to be on the dry side. I wonder if it would help to sear it first, then throw in the onions to deglaze, then continue the recipe as you've written it?
Also, I had fresh ginger on hand, so I minced that and threw it in, instead of powdered ginger.
The sauce flavor was devine! I think this would be great for chicken thighs, as well. It's almost like a sweet and sour sauce.
I honestly think it depends upon the pork. I've had some that were perfect and some on the dry side, using the same recipe. Browning the chops is definitely an option. Glad you liked the sauce! 🙂
Sandra | A Dash of Sanity says
This looks really tasty! Perfect for weeknight meals!
What an easy and delicious dinner idea!
Love this easy and delicious dinner.
My husband loves pork chops! I need to break my IP back out and make this for him!
I think he'll like these, Jen. My IP has a permanent place on the counter -- We use it several times a week! 🙂
Love how easy these are to make! Hawaiian BBQ is the perfect flavor now that summer is almost here!
These sound so good and I love how easy they are!
They are super easy, which is pretty much a requirement around here! 🙂
I Heart Naptime says
These look so yummy! Love the pork chop + pineapple combo!
Thanks! My kids love just about anything with pineapple on it. 🙂