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Instant Pot Beef Roast Recipes

Try Instant Pot beef roast recipes are for dinner tonight! Tender meat stacked on rolls to make sliders = a great appetizer or dinner for your family. 

pressure cooker shredded beef

Decided to make a few Instant Pot beef roast recipes this week. Today I used a chuck roast which came out perfectly tender and great for sliders! Then try one of our other 101+ Instant Pot recipes next. (linking to, affiliate links present)

Some cuts of meat you just don’t know what to do, like a beef arm roast. But using a pressure cooker you can make it taste great every time.

I swear, everything comes out amazingly tender with tons of flavor sucked right in.

Let us know what you think and

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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So Instant Pot shredded chicken was one of our first recipes, and simple too.

I just added bottled sauce and some pineapple then but this time I wanted to make a homemade barbecue sauce of sorts with TONS of flavor.

Instant Pot beef roast recipes

I imagine other cuts would work well too but chuck is known to pull apart well.

Why I add onions to just about every pressure cooker recipe I make, because they’re cheap and add lots of flavor. They provide a bit of texture too which is great when the rest of your ingredients are rather soft.

instant pot chuck roast

Yes you can make this in a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi machine too. They all work pretty much the same.

  • This recipe is somewhat similar to our Instant Pot pulled pork recipe but I used a larger cut of meat for that. Either way there is nothing this multi cooker can’t make so tender it melts in your mouth.

What cut of beef is good for shredding?

Chuck roast! It probably isn’t something you buy every day but it is one of the cheapest cuts actually and works great for this.

Rump or bottom round will shred too but guaranteed you’ll find chuck roast in every grocery store for next to nothing. We love inexpensive meals!

You can even cook an Instant Pot frozen roast if you forgot to defrost it! Of course it’s better to have it thawed for Instant Pot roast beef but it happens.

best pulled beef

Beef roast in Instant Pot

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. If you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot
  2. 3-4 lb. roast – we used chuck roast
  3. Onion
  4. Apple cider vinegar
  5. Ketchup
  6. Beef broth
  7. Tomato paste
  8. Brown sugar
  9. LOTS of seasonings

Slider buns – you can use our easy roll recipe if you like

Just use our Instant Pot cooking times printable for accurate timing for all cuts of meat.

pressure cooker chuck roast

What is another name for chuck roast?

This cut is from the front portion of the animal. It can also be called shoulder steak, boneless chuck roast, chuck shoulder pot roast, chuck seven bone pot roast, or beef chuck arm.

It’s good for shredding since it has some marbling in it.

  • Honestly I used it because it was something in my freezer that needed to be used up and I was curious to see how it would soften up cooking it this way. 

It’s cheap but typically isn’t a popular cut of meat because it tends to be tougher unless it’s slow cooked.

It did surprisingly well too with this really flavorful sauce and high pressure cooking.

instant pot pulled beef recipe

What does pulled beef mean?

Well you could say shredded beef essentially because it is the same idea.

Pulled beef is a term that means a cut of meat that is slow cooked to the point of being able to be pulled apart easily.

It’s cooked for several hours of normal cooking, or an hour of pressure cooking. It simply means a form of over cooking to make the meat tender.

How can you serve Instant Pot pulled beef?

  1. Over Instant Pot white rice
  2. Inside small flour tortillas topped with cheese like tacos
  3. Put shredded meat in between two halves of small buns to make sliders like we did here

Hawaiian sweet bread buns are great to use for a sweet and tangy flavor.

instant pot pulled beef

Tips to remember:

After your initial pressure cooking time of 90 minutes allow the pot to naturally release the steam for 10 minutes.

Quick release isn’t the best when cooking large cuts of meat. You can maintain more of the juiciness and tenderness if you allow it some time to pressure release the steam slowly.

  • Our roast was 3.5 lbs. If you were cooking a much smaller piece, about 2 lbs. then 60 minutes may be enough to get it to the tenderness you want it.

I shred the beef and remove all the large pieces of fat and bone(s) at this time. Leaving it in the liquid will keep it tender and it will continue to soak up more of the flavor the longer it sits in it too.

How do you shred beef easily?

  1. Hold the roast steady with one hand, then place the beef on your cutting surface. Hold it securely with your non-dominant hand.
  2. Shred off the beef with one fork going with the grain. After it’s been slow cooked or pressure cooked it should be SUPER easy to do.

Repeat as needed and discard inedible pieces. That’s how we made our Instant Pot barbecue beef recipe.

This is how we serve it! SO good right??!!

instant pot pulled beef 2

How to serve Instant Pot shredded beef sliders:

We like to top ours with some cold macaroni salad!! Seriously, don’t knock it until you try it.

  • Put some cole slaw on top or as a side dish
  • Serve it with a salad
  • If you want a low carb keto dish then just enjoy it alone or with brussel sprouts

If you’re having a party this is a great way to make a slider bar with all the fixings!

Just keep this on warm after it is done with all the sides available with small hamburger buns and tortillas available as well. 

instant pot beef roast recipes

We have several other Instant Pot beef roast recipes here:

Instant Pot Mississippi roast is seriously incredible on top of mashed potatoes.

pressure cooker Mississippi Roast

Here are a few others you might enjoy:

This list of cheap Instant Pot recipes is helpful for meal planning too

How do you freeze cooked beef?

Store it in a freezer bag or airtight container. It should last 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze it in the same containers or wrap tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil.

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Instant Pot Beef Roast

Try Instant Pot beef roast recipes for dinner tonight! Tender meat stacked on rolls to make sliders = a great appetizer or dinner for your family.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, chuck roast, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker, shredded
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 385kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Slice your onion, large slices and put into your pressure cooker on bottom. Place your chuck roast on top (cut in half if you need to to fit properly with lid closed).
  • In a separate bowl whisk together all other items until smooth and pour on top of your meat.
  • Close your pressure cooker lid and close steam valve. Set to high pressure for 90 minutes, then allow to naturally release for 10 minutes.
  • Lift lid and either shred beef in pot or I find it easier to remove and put into a bowl so I can separate the fat and bone and discard those and shred beef well.
  • If you want sauce inside pot to be thicker turn pot to saute now. In a small bowl add 2 tbsp cornstarch with 4 tbsp of hot liquid and whisk until smooth, then add this into the pot. Stir slowly and allow to thicken for about 2-3 minutes. Then turn pot off.
  • Add shredded beef back into pot so it soaks up sauce. Serve over rice, in tortillas for soft tacos, or on slider buns topped with macaroni salad!


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beef Roast
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 2149mg93%
Potassium 817mg23%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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