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Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones

Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones

This simple Instant Pot Pork Neck Bone recipe is mouth watering with roots of Southern comfort food and Mama’s stew pot.

Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones

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Oh yeah, I went back to the Southern roots. At the heart of many of our family recipes are pork neck bones or smoked turkey. Why? Because it has great flavor. Both are a great way to season leafy greens like collard or mustard greens and beans. But this recipe. This Instant Pot Pork Neck Bone recipe makes the pork neck bone the star. It was a nice reminder that you don’t need an expensive cut of meat to have a great flavorful dish.

So how’d we end up sucking on this pork neck bone? Funny story, these aren’t my pork neck bones. My mom is really the Southern cook in the family. And she left a bunch of pork neck bones in the freezer at my house. When I asked her  is she wanted it back she said no. Now I couldn’t let good food go to waste. But Southern cooking isn’t typically what I do. There are so many people in my family that do it well so I don’t.

Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones

But I had 2 pounds of pork neck bones that needed to be cooked. So I dug real deep. And fixed ’em (cooked them) the way I remember my grandmother used to cook pork neck bones and rice. Nothing fancy. Just down home simple Southern comfort food.

And all those years watching in the kitchen paid off. These Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones were freaking delicious. You can take a bit of liquid from the pot and mix it with some cornstarch to make a really nice gravy. This recipe works well with white rice or you can make my Caribbean Rice and Peas. Either way you won’t be disappointed.

Simple Ingredients

There are just a few simple ingredients that really make this recipe delicious.

  • 2 pounds pork neck bones
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or water)

What You’ll Need

If you’re a pot- in- pot pro you might want to add a steamer pot above with some red potatoes. Then once everything is cooked take a large ladle full of pork, onions and carrots and pour it on top of a gently smashed potato. Yum!!

Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones

instant pot pork neck bones

Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern American
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 pounds pork neck bones
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon grouns paprika
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water


  • Rinse pork neck bones under cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.
    instant pot pork neck bones
  • In a large bowl, season pork neck bones with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano and paprika.
  • Drizzle pork with apple cider vinegar and rub in seasoning.
  • Press saute on pressure cooker and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place pork neck bones in pressure cooker meat side down and brown. Remove once browned and continue until all pieces have been browned.
  • Cancel saute. Add chopped onions, carrots and chicken broth the pressure cooker.
  • Place lid on pressure cooker and turn to close. Make sure lid is secured and venting valve is closed.
  • Press the meat/stew button and set time to 90 minutes. You can also set your pressure cooker to high pressure for 90 minutes.
  • Once done, quick pressure release (be careful of the steam from venting valve). Once finished open lid and salt and pepper to taste.
Keyword budget-friendly, comfort food, pork neck bones
Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones

We served our Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones on top of rice with a side of vegetables. When making this recipe you could also add some potatoes to the pressure cooker. That’s how my mother in law likes her pork neck bones, with potatoes.

I almost forgot how delicious simple comfort food could be. So good. What Southern comfort food recipe would you like to see on the blog? E-mail me and let me know.


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18 thoughts on “Instant Pot Pork Neck Bones

  1. 5 stars
    6/5/19 lazy me…had a cake to make so hurriedly filled my cooker with “unbrowned” bones. Followed the recipe pretty much as you stated. Did a Quick release- pushed as many chopped kale bits as I could fit in…cooked 3 minutes….quick release again…stirred well to infuse flavor into the greens. Cooked 2 minutes. 3 of us ate almost all of the pot! Easy and healthy. Can’t wait to do it again. Thanks so much for this recipe! J

  2. The recipe says 1 hour cook time on the top, but 90 minutes in the directions…. i would love to try this recipe, but would like some clarification first. It sounds DELICIOUS!

    1. Hello Jay,
      Sorry for the typo. I love my neckbones fall off the bone tender so I set my pressure cooker to 90 minutes. Sorry for the confusion.

  3. 5 stars
    It is such a great thing to find a delicious recipe that works. Thank you so very much! Looking forward to making more of your treasures.

    1. Hello Chauntel,

      Yes, you can use frozen pork neck bones. It will take the pressure cooker longer to come to temperature.

    1. Hello George,

      If you decide to add potatoes, I would suggest quartering your potatoes and setting the pressure cooker time to 85 minutes. Then quick release (be careful of the steam) remove the lid, add the potatoes, reseal and set your pressure cooker time to 5 minutes to allow the potatoes to finish cooking.

    2. Should I use the same amount of time for smoked neck bones? I want to make a smoked neck bone broth to cook red kidney beans. This would allow me to skim off some of the fat b4 adding to the beans.

      1. You could cook it for less time. It depends on whether it’s fresh smoked neck bones. If it’s not I would cook it for at least 60 minutes in the pressure cooker to make sure the flavor comes out in the broth and to make the meat tender.

  4. 5 stars
    Simple and just wonderful! I’m from Alabama and recipes like this are hard to come by. You’d think that this’ be common sense around here but I’ve had to learn by experience! So grateful for your Mother’s expertise, thanks for sharing!
    Planning on looking through your other stuff too!🥰🥰

    1. Hello KC,
      If I were making it for 12 to 14 people I would buy almost 10 pounds of pork neck bones (depending on how much meat is on the bone). I’d also double up on the onions, carrots and vinegar. And triple up the dried seasonings. This should provide you a nice flavorful base for your pork neck bones.

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