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Two Ingredient Pot Roast (Instant Pot)

Civilized Caveman
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 6 -8



  • Season all sides of your roast with salt and pepper (easy on the salt, pressure cookers enhance the salt flavor so you don't need that much)
  • Add your cooking fat (we prefer bacon fat) to the instant pot and hit the saute button and adjust so it's on high
  • After about 2 minutes, add your roast and brown for 3-4 minutes on each side
  • Remove your meat from the instant pot to your cutting board and hit cancel on the instant pot
  • Cut your roast into 1-2 inch cubes and place them back in the instant pot
  • Add your full jar of marinara sauce, place the lid on the pot ensuring it's locked and the pressure valve is closed
  • Press the meat/stew button and adjust it to 40 minutes, now go do something fun
  • Once your roast is finished cooking your instant pot will switch to warm, hit cancel to turn it off and allow the pressure to release naturally (about 15 minutes)
  • Remove the lid and shred all of your beef inside the instant pot using two forks or our shredding hack
  • You can serve as is or thicken as we prefer

To Thicken

  • Leave the lid off your instant pot, cover with a splatter screen, and hit the saute button and adjust it to low
  • Allow the sauce to reduce by at least a 1/4 or to your liking. Ours was on saute for 15 minutes and was perfect
  • Enjoy


If you want to cook in the crockpot, still saute the roast in a cast iron skillet or pan if possible and then cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.