Pork Sirloin Tip Roast in the Pressure Cooker

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This tender pork sirloin tip roast is coated in a spicy rub and cooked with apple juice for just a little bit of sweetness. And you can get it on the table quicker than ever when you cook it in your Instant Pot or other brand of electric pressure cooker.

This recipe goes great with Almond Rice Pilaf, Mexican Avocado Rice, or any other Veggie Side Dishes.

Pork Sirloin Tip Roast in the Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)

If you want to switch up your normal Sunday supper, try this lean pork sirloin tip roast. The rub gives this roast a nice mild flavor so it pairs well with almost any side. Don’t skip the browning step, which gives the meat additional flavor.

If you’ve never had pork top sirloin roast before, it’s a must-try!

Cuts of pork for cooking--with new and former names

Source: Pork Cooking Chart, pork.org

What Is Pork Sirloin Tip Roast?

Did you know that the USDA changed the names of cuts of pork for pork loin and pork chops? They’ve been rolling out the changes for a while, but it explains why you may keep finding new cuts of pork at the grocery store or in restaurants. (They’re not wrong that “blade pork roast” sounds more appetizing than “pork butt,” but it can be hard to remember when shopping at the grocery store.)

Sirloin tip roasts come from the top-back of the pig, next to the sirloin but before the ham. It’s a very lean cut of meat, so you have to be careful not to overcook it.

I first learned about pork sirloin tip roasts when I received an email from Pat, a sweet Pressure Cooking Today reader. If you’re a Costco shopper, you may have noticed them. Costco sells these pork roasts in a bundle of four, and each roast is about 2 to 3 pounds.

It’s a fairly inexpensive cut of meat, often selling between $1.50 and $2 per pound. Despite the bargain price point, the pork cooks up lean and tender.

One thing to be aware of is that the Costco sirloin tip roast is injected with pork broth and salt. If you’re watching your sodium or sensitive to salt, you may want to omit the salt from this recipe.

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Making Pressure Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this delicious Pork Sirloin Tip Roast!

If you are new to the Instant Pot (or any other Pressure Cooker for that matter), we recommend our Getting Started Guide here. Also, here are our favorite easy recipes for beginners.

Pat cooked her roasts several ways. “I tried Italian style, with some ground fennel and rosemary in the spice rub, white wine, chicken broth and garlic bath, cooked only 12 minutes so that there was a little pink interior and served with a cannellini bean, red swiss chard side. This was a big hit with all! Also made great leftover pork sammies.”

She also shared that she cooked the sirloin tip roast in spiced apple cider, which reminded me of one of my favorite BBQ pork recipes: a Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin. So I decided to use the spicy rub from that recipe on the sirloin tip roast and cook it in the pressure cooker.

Pork Sirloin Tip Roast in the Pressure Cooker with Saffron Rice Pilaf. Recipes on Pressure Cooking Today.

How long do I cook the pork sirloin tip roast in the Instant Pot/pressure cooker?

If your roast isn’t 3 pounds, you’ll want to reduce your cooking time. There isn’t an exact science to how much you should reduce it—more time if it’s much bigger than 3 pounds, less time if it’s slightly smaller. I’d likely take off 6 minutes per pound of meat.

Here are some approximate calculations for pound to time:

  • 4 pounds = 31 minutes
  • 3 pounds = 25 minutes
  • 2 pounds = 19 min

However, if your roast is round and thick you’ll want to reduce the time less than if your cut of meat is more oblong and flat.

If you’re nervous about how much to reduce the time, you can always set the pressure cooker for less time, release the pressure, and check the temperature with an instant-read thermometer . The pork should be 145°F and then allowed to rest for 3 minutes.

If your roast needs more time, lock the lid back in place and cook it a little bit longer. (When the meat and liquid are hot, the pressure cooker will return to pressure quickly.)

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf

What do I serve with the pork sirloin tip roast?

Pork sirloin tip roast is a flavorful cut of meat, and it makes a great base to serve with many types of sides.

I served this pork roast sliced thinly with one of my favorite side dishes Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf. It also tastes great with Mexican Avocado Rice.


Since this makes a good amount of meat, the second time I serve it, I like to dice the pork roast into small pieces and serve it over a tossed salad with Cilantro Lime Rice with Cilantro Lime dressing. I load up the salad with diced fresh tomatoes, romaine and spinach, corn, diced carrots, julienned jicama, along with any other veggies I may have on hand.

Diced pork roast also tastes fabulous in a teriyaki rice bowl.

Pat was right, the leftovers do make great sandwiches,  like these Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

This pressure cooker pork sirloin tip roast was a delicious meal that my family really enjoyed. Thanks Pat!

Update: This roast is a delicious meal that’s cheap and easy to put together. I made a quick video for you so you could see for yourselves just how great it is.

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Pork Sirloin Tip Roast in the Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)

Pork Sirloin Tip Roast in the Pressure Cooker

Yield: 8 servings
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 pound pork sirloin tip roast
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice


  1. Mix together spices in a small bowl and rub spice mixture all over pork roast.
  2. Put oil in the cooking pot and select browning. When oil begins to sizzle, brown roast on both sides.
  3. Add the water and apple juice to the pressure cooking pot.
  4. Lock lid in place. Select High Pressure and set a 25 minute cook time. When the timer sounds, turn off pressure cooker and allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When valve drops carefully remove the lid.
  5. Check the pork with an instant-read thermometer--it should be above 145°F. Remove the pork from the pressure cooking pot and allow to rest for 3 minutes. Slice thinly and serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 53g
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originally published April 7, 2019 — last updated July 23, 2020
Categories: Pork