Apple Cider Braised Chuck Roast ~ Nik Snacks

Bite it and write it. That's what I do.


I'm completely obsessed with my Instant Pot pressure cooker (which does a far sight more than meets the eye).

I bought it for the low, low price of $50 (including shipping) on Amazon Prime Day last year and I haven't looked back. I use it for EVERYTHING: pasta, potatoes, hard-cooked eggs, rice, beans, oatmeal, making chicken stock, even cheesecake. Yeah. Cheesecake.

But the best parts about the Instant Pot are that anyone can use it and you can cook things in a fraction of the time, aounsupervised. I love that I can just put on the lid and take a nap or get some work done in my home office while the food is percolating away.

This recipe is no different. It's simple, yet tasty. The acid from the vinegar cuts through the fatty pieces like butter while the vegetables fall apart with the mere suggestion of a fork. I sincerely enjoyed this dish and I hope you do too.

Apple Cider Braised Chuck Roast
Yield: 3-4 servings

2 Tablespoons oil (not extra virgin olive oil)
1 (2 lb.) chuck roast, room temperature
Salt and ground black pepper, for seasoning
1 large onion, sliced
1 whole head of cabbage, cut in 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté. Swirl a little oil into the pot. Season meat heavily with salt and pepper on all sides. Sear meat on all sides, until browned on all sides.

2. Add onion, cabbage, potatoes, apple juice and apple cider to the pot.

3. Press CANCEL on the Instant Pot. Cover and seal the pot. Manually set PRESSURE COOK for 45 minutes.

4. When the Instant Pot signals the cook session is completed, let natural release for 20 minutes. After that, manually release the remaining pressure.

5. Open lid carefully, shred meat with 2 forks or serve in chunks with sauce and vegetables.

Alternatively, preheat oven to 400 F, season and sear the chuck roast in a braising pot on top of the stove; Add vegetables, deglaze the contents of the pot with the apple juice and apple cider; Cover and place in the preheated oven to cook for 3 hours. Continue with step 5 of the recipe.