Instant Pot Burnt Ends with Tangy Tomato-Vinegar Sauce

Instant Pot Burnt Ends with Tangy Tomato-Vinegar Sauce
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Burnt ends, Tomato, vinegar (apple cider, balsamic), instant pot

This comforting dish combines the smoky, savory goodness of burnt ends with a tangy tomato-vinegar sauce, all made conveniently in an Instant Pot. Perfect for a cozy meal that impresses with minimal effort.


  • 2 lbs burnt ends (pre-cooked or smoked)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Prepare the Instant Pot: Set your Instant Pot to the sauté function and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the burnt ends and sear them for 2-3 minutes to enhance their flavor.
  2. Make the Sauce: In a medium bowl, combine the tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Combine and Cook: Pour the sauce mixture over the burnt ends in the Instant Pot. Add 1/2 cup of water to ensure there's enough liquid for pressure cooking. Stir to coat the burnt ends evenly with the sauce.
  4. Pressure Cook: Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set it to pressure cook on high for 20 minutes. Once the cooking time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then perform a quick release to release any remaining pressure.
  5. Thicken the Sauce: If the sauce is thinner than you'd like, switch the Instant Pot back to the sauté function and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reaches your desired consistency.
  6. Serve: Serve the burnt ends hot, spooning extra sauce over the top. Pair with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or cornbread for a complete comfort meal.

This Instant Pot Burnt Ends with Tangy Tomato-Vinegar Sauce is a delightful comfort dish that's easy to prepare and full of rich, savory flavors. Perfect for a family dinner or a gathering with friends, it's sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection. Enjoy!

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