How to make a Pot Roast in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot

How to make a Pot Roast in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot

Sunday Pot roast is on the menu today. It really doesn’t matter what day it is, it’s always a good day for Pot Roast. I thought since I have the 3Qt. Mini Instant PotI would give it a test run with a pot roast.  I have to say I am really smitten with the Mini Instant Pot. It is really much more versatile than I had thought. I think once I made my cakes, it was game over, I was in love. Whether you are a family of 2, 4 or 6  you can find multiple uses for your mini IP.

How to make a Pot Roast in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot

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My pot roast was 2.6 lbs. and I was a bit concerned if it would fit. No worries there, all I had to do is cut it in half.

For this recipe all you need is your roast, salt and pepper to taste and sauce of your choice.  Whether you choose Chuck, sirloin or whatever cut you prefer,  as mentioned we used chuck roast and it was 2.6lbs.

My husband picked up a 14.2 oz. of P.F. Changs Mongolian style BBQ sauce. It was super! The secret is in the sauce.

After I cut the roast in two, seasoned both sides with salt and pepper, I added one cup of water to the pot, placed the meat on the trivet and dumped the sauce on top. You can add onions, or peppers too if you like. I set the pot to High Pressure/Pressure manual for 45 minutes. I let it naturally release and removed the roast to a platter to cool down a bit.

In the meantime I had cut up some baby red potatoes and seasoned those with salt, pepper and a little balsamic glaze. I added one cup of water to the pot, placed down the trivet and dumped my potatoes on top. Set to High Pressure again for 11 minutes and had some perfect potatoes to go with our roast.

The roast was mouth watering tender and delicious. PIN IT>SAVE IT>MAKE IT!

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How to make a Pot Roast in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot

Pot Roast in the Mini Instant Pot


  • 2.5 lbs Chuck roast
  • 1 bottle Mongolian beef sauce (PF Changs)
  • 1 cup water


  • First,cut your roast in half to fit in the mini. If you are making this is a larger pot, I still recommend cutting it in half, but it is not necessary.
    Season both sides with salt and pepper
  • Place roast on a trivet rack. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot.
    Lower roast in the pot. You may add cut up onions on top as well. Pour sauce over roast. DO NOT MIX, just let it sit on top of the roast.
  • Set pot on High Pressure Manual for 45 minutes. Let pot come to natural release. Open lid carefully and away from face. Remove roast and set on platter. If you have another pot, you may make seasoned baby reds and carrots on the side. Enjoy. You don’t need a knife to cut it, it’s like butter.

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