Skip to Content

Instant Pot Brisket

AS AN AMAZON ASSOCIATE I EARN FROM QUALIFYING PURCHASES

This easy recipe for brisket in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker results in a tender & juicy BBQ beef brisket everyone is sure to love! Enjoy it as a roast for dinner or in an array of leftover brisket recipes.

This easy recipe for brisket in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker results in a tender & juicy BBQ beef brisket everyone is sure to love!

I think of one thing these days when I hear the word brisket – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

If you haven’t watched that show yet, do yourself a favor and get to it!

It’s one of the funniest series’ out there and will totally leave you with a smile on your face after every episode.

I’m not sure how this Instant Pot beef brisket compares to Miriam’s in taste (not so sure hers has a BBQ undertone to the recipe) but I can promise you this brisket recipe is not only delicious, but also quicker and easier than hers (which took hours in the oven according to the show).

The Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker) makes quick work of this big, tough piece of beef and the result is tender, juicy, fall-apart beef brisket in a fraction of the time.

Quite similar to my Instant Pot venison roast which is another favorite!

3.5 pound beef brisket before seasoning to cook in the Instant Pot.

WHAT IS BEEF BRISKET?

Brisket is a large cut of beef from the breast/pectoral area of the cow. A full cut can range from 8-16 pounds on average.

Because of its size, brisket is usually separated into two cuts creating a “flat cut” and a “point cut”. The cut used in these pictures is a flat cut.

Both cuts can be used to make brisket in the Instant Pot but you’ll find more fat and less meat on point cuts versus flat cuts.

Because of the fatty layer to the point cut (also referred to as the “deckle”), it’s often ground and sold as burger meat or something similar.

Because brisket comes from an area of the cow that gets heavy use, it’s more muscular in nature (with more connective tissue) and therefore a tougher cut of meat.

It’s also, however, a very economical cut of meat for the same reason.

Cuts like brisket lend themselves to long cooking times in order to break down that connective tissue.

Low temperature, slow cooking methods are the most common whether it’s smoked, braised or like this recipe, cooked in a pressure cooker.

Beef brisket seasoned with a dry rub of spices before cooking in pressure cooker.

HOW TO MAKE BRISKET IN AN INSTANT POT

Using an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot makes quick work of brisket and the result is tender beef that falls apart easily after just 90 minutes of high pressure cooking.

STEP 1: DRY RUB

To start, combine the dry rub spices in a small bowl and rub them all over both sides of the brisket:

  • cumin
  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne
  • salt
  • ground mustard

The spice combination is bit on the BBQ side and while I wouldn’t call this brisket recipe a traditional Texas BBQ approach, it has undertones of BBQ flavor.

Feel free to change up the dry rub spices to your preference.

For a traditional Texas approach, try this Texas brisket rub recipe. You can use that instead and follow the same steps to cooking the brisket in the Instant Pot below.

STEP 2: SAUTÉ ONIONS & GARLIC

Using the sauté function on the Instant Pot, cook the onions and garlic with some avocado oil (or other high heat oil) until they’re softened.

This will provide a flavorful bed for the brisket to sit upon while it pressure cooks.

STEP 3: ADD BRISKET, BROTH & BBQ SAUCE

Cut the brisket in half if necessary so that you can arrange it in a single layer as best as possible on top of the cooked onions and garlic.

Pour the beef broth on the side (so that you don’t wash the dry rub off the brisket) into the pot and then the BBQ sauce on top.

Sauté onions and garlic in Instant Pot before adding brisket.

STEP 4: PRESSURE COOK

Close the lid, turn the valve to the “sealing” position and cook on the “Meat/Stew” mode on high pressure for 90 minutes.

Once the 90 minutes are through, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes.

Then, turn the valve to “venting” and quick release the remaining pressure.

Carefully open the lid and transfer the brisket to a cutting board.

STEP 5: REDUCE SAUCE

This is an optional step, you could definitely slice or shred the brisket at this point and spoon the sauce from the pot over top as is.

If you want a slightly thicker sauce, however, turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode once again and cook the sauce, stirring frequently for 5-10 minutes until reduced a bit.

Tip: For an even thicker sauce – mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water until dissolved. Pour into the Instant Pot while on sauté mode and stir until thickened.

Brisket laid on top of sauteed onions and garlic in an Instant Pot.

SERVING INSTANT POT BEEF BRISKET

To serve, there are two options.

  1. Slice the brisket and place on a serving platter. Spoon the reduced/thickened sauce over top and garnish with fresh herbs of choice.
  2. Shred the brisket using two forks. Return the shredded brisket to the Instant Pot with the sauce. Toss to coat all the meat in the sauce. Serve as desired.

For the sliced brisket approach, I’d recommend some easy sides like Candied Carrots, Roasted Pesto Potatoes (or, Roasted Peri Peri Potatoes to continue the spice theme), Roasted Radishes or some Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes.

If shredding the brisket and tossing with the sauce, try serving it on top of Creamy Cauliflower Pumpkin MashRoasted Parsnip Puree, Roasted Garlic Greek Yogurt Smashed Potatoes or, Goat Cheese and Spinach Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Beef broth is used as the cooking liquid for Instant Pot brisket.

WHAT IF MY BRISKET IS BIGGER OR SMALLER?

I used a 3.75 pound brisket in this recipe and cooked it for 90 minutes on high pressure.

If your brisket is only 2-3 pounds, I would recommend shortening cooking time to 75-80 minutes.

If your brisket is closer to 5-6 pounds, increase cooking time to 100-110 minutes.

Cooking it longer makes it easier to shred. Shorter cooking times, allow for a more “sliceable” brisket.

Adjust the cooking times for how you plan to serve the cooked brisket.

WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER BRISKET

Personally, I prefer the second serving suggestion and love having leftover shredded brisket to use in easy spinoff recipes.

Brisket quesadillas, brisket hash, brisket baked potatoes, brisket chili or brisket nachos are some of my favorites.

BBQ sauce is added to the Instant Pot on top of the brisket before cooking.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER COOKED BRISKET

Place any leftovers in an air-tight container and make sure to spoon any remaining sauce over top of the meat to keep it moist.

The brisket can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week or two stored like this.

If you prefer to freeze the leftovers, keep brisket and sauce separate.

Wrap the brisket in plastic wrap or place in a plastic sealable bag and then place in an air-tight container to prevent freezer burn.

The sauce can be stored in a separate air-tight container in the freezer. Thaw both in the refrigerator before reheating.

Brisket after 90 minutes of cooking in the Instant Pot is fall apart tender and juicy.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRISKET AND CORNED BEEF?

This is a good question because it can get a little confusing since corned beef is technically beef brisket!

Beef brisket like this one used here is fresh, uncured meat.

Corned beef, however, has been cured, brined and oftentimes pre-spiced or at minimum, the pickling spices are provided to you with the meat when you purchase it from the store.

If you prefer corned beef, check out my corned beef tacos or corned beef breakfast hash. I discuss the easiest way to cook corned beef in the taco recipe too.

Easy Instant Pot brisket recipe with BBQ sauce.

WHY I LOVE THE INSTANT POT FOR MAKING BRISKET

Don’t get me wrong, cooking brisket in an Instant Pot, is sure to offend some. Most likely, die hard Texans who are likely devoted to their smokers.

And if that’s your thing, here’s a great smoked beef brisket recipe to check out.

I get it and I’m not saying Instant Pot brisket is better than smoked brisket.

It’s not, but it’s also much quicker and just as delicious. In a different way of course.

The Instant Pot is great for cooking brisket because:

  • It reduces a process that normally takes all day (smoking) or at least multiple hours (traditional braising) down to an hour and half cooking time.
  • It’s not necessary to brown or sear the meat beforehand.
  • And my favorite, the meat and the sauce cook together at the same time.

So, no, it’s not smoked BBQ Texas brisket but it’s a lovely middle ground of braised, savory meat with a hint of BBQ.

If you love savory recipes like Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu or Instant Pot Coconut Pork, I’m pretty confident you’ll love this Instant Pot brisket recipe.

Tender, juicy pressure cooker BBQ beef brisket.

More recipes like this Instant Pot brisket:

Slow Cooker Lamb Stew
Instant Pot Beef and Mushroom Stew
Chocolate Red Wine Beef Stew Stuffed Potatoes
Spicy Orange Beef Carnitas
Apple Cider Braised Lamb Shanks

Instant Pot beef brisket

Instant Pot Brisket

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

This easy recipe for brisket in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker results in a tender & juicy BBQ beef brisket everyone is sure to love!

Ingredients

  • 3.5-4 pound beef brisket
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard

Instructions

  1. Combine spices in a small bowl. Rub over the entire surface of the brisket. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in the Instant Pot on Sauté mode.
  3. Once hot, add the onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened, stirring frequently to not allow garlic to burn.
  4. Turn off Sauté mode.
  5. Place the brisket on top of the onion mixture in the Instant Pot. You may need to cut it in half to fit properly.
  6. Pour the beef broth and BBQ sauce into the pot.
  7. Close the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the valve to the "sealing" position.
  8. Set the Instant Pot for 90 minutes on "Meat/Stew" mode.
  9. Once done cooking, let the Instant Pot naturally release for 10 minutes then turn the valve to "venting" and quick release the rest of the pressure.
  10. Remove the lid and use tongs to remove the brisket from the pot to a cutting board.
  11. Slice or shred the brisket depending on preference.
  12. Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode and cook, reducing the sauce left in the pot for 5 minutes or so until slightly thickened. Whisk consistently as it cooks.
  13. Add the brisket back to the pot with the sauce to coat or, plate the brisket and spoon the sauce on top before serving.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate affiliate member, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 642mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 45g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

Please leave a comment & rating below or share a photo on Instagram and tag @runningtothekitchen

sweet and sour tofu
Previous
Sweet and Sour Tofu
burger in a bowl with healthy burger sauce
Next
Burger In A Bowl With Healthier Homemade Burger Sauce

Wilhelmina

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

This recipe is a great timesaver! The brisket turns out so juicy and flavorful!

Sydnie

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

SO GOOD! My family will love this!

Jan

Saturday 24th of October 2020

Delicious! My husband said it was the best sandwich ever!

Ashley F.

Monday 5th of October 2020

This brisket comes out so tender and delicious! We loved it!

kim

Monday 24th of August 2020

This recipe was fabulous! It was super easy and so tasty. My whole family enjoyed and I'll definitely be making again!

shares