Pressure Cooker Pork Loin with Bourbon Apple Sauce is an easy and delicious recipe for tender pork in your Instant Pot, finished off with a savory Bourbon apple sauce.
Pressure Cooker Pork Loin with Bourbon Apple Sauce
Sometimes I get an idea for a recipe that gets me quite excited. This Pressure Cooker Pork Loin with Bourbon Apple Sauce was one of them. I had been making multiple batches of apple sauce in my Instant Pot with all the apples from our tree. It was so much easier than my Mom’s traditional method. I just filled the pot with peeled and roughly chopped apples along with 1 cup of liquid and cooked it for 5 minutes on high pressure. When I quick released the pressure, I would stir in sugar until it reached my desired sweetness while it was still pipping hot and the sugar easily dissolved.
All of this apple sauce making led me to the idea of adding a pork loin to make a meal out of it. I had to dig to the very back of our dusty liquor cabinet to scrounge up some Bourbon, but thankfully I had some on hand. I added some savory elements along with the Bourbon like garlic, thyme and rosemary to pair with the juice of the pork and the sweet apples and orange juice. It all melded together into a robust apple sauce that paired perfectly with the pork loin. The finished product was absolutely amazing!
I love when the Electric Pressure Cooker can be used to truly make dinner easier. Some recipes in the Instant Pot don’t really save you any time or make life much more convenient. With this Pressure Cooker Pork Loin with Bourbon Apple Sauce it makes a sauce to compliment the pork without doing any of the work, standing over the stove cooking down apples for a sauce. Simply toss everything in the pot, forget about it and you will have an amazing entree to serve for dinner in an hour.
The last time I got this excited about a recipe turning out so good was my Pressure Cooker Pork Loin with Stuffing & Gravy. That recipe takes a few more steps and a little more time, but it tastes amazing and is a complete meal with classic flavors. This Pork Loin with Bourbon Apple Sauce tastes equally amazing, with flavors that you might not enjoy on an everyday basis.
Apples and pork are a classic combination in their own right, but the savory Bourbon twist really adds something special to the recipe. You can serve the pork directly from the Instant Pot with a chunky apple sauce, or you can give the apples a quick blend with your immersion blender for a smoother, and frankly prettier, sauce to serve on the side.
I like a good chunky apple sauce, but I thought that they guys I was bringing this to in the field, might be turned off by the appearance. I took the extra few seconds to blend it smooth. I served the pork and savory apple sauce with some Crispy Roasted Onion Potatoes that I made in my Airfryer for a complete meal that doesn’t even require a stove!
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. dried thyme
- ½ tsp. dried rosemary
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- 2-3 lb. unseasoned pork loin (NOT tenderloin)
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- lemon juice
- ⅔ c. orange juice
- ¼ c. Bourbon
- 4 medium apples, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- In a small bowl, mix the salt, thyme, rosemary and garlic powder. Rub the mixture over the pork loin. Turn your Instant Pot to saute function and add the butter.
- Once the butter is melted, add the seasoned pork loin and saute on each side so there is a nice golden sear.
- Meanwhile, peel and slice your apples into a bowl of cold water with a splash of lemon juice.
- Remove the seared pork from the pot and add the Bourbon and orange juice. Scrape the bottom of the pan with your spatula to remove all the seared on bits.
- Drain the lemon water off the apples and add them to the pot along with the remaining ingredients. Place the pork loin back in the pot on top of the apples.
- Place the lid on the pot and turn the knob to seal. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the pork loin from the pot and allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting. If you prefer a smooth apple sauce, use an immersion blender to blend until it reaches your desired consistency.
- NOTE: While the apple sauce is still pipping hot, taste test it to see if it is as sweet or savory to your preference. If it is too sweet, add another splash of apple cider vinegar. If it is too savory, stir in some more brown sugar until it dissolves.