Instant Pot Brisket

Instant Pot Brisket

Instant Pot Brisket

4 pounds beef brisket, trimmed

2 T. olive oil

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3/4 C. beef broth


2 T. brown sugar

2 T. paprika

1 T. chili powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground mustard

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


1 1/2 C. ketchup

1/2 C. apple cider vinegar

3/4 C. brown sugar

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons ground mustard

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

3 T. molasses

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)


In a small bowl, mix all the rub ingredients. Season the brisket all over with the rub. If you have time, let it sit in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic for up to 24 hours. In a medium bowl, mix all the BBQ sauce ingredients. Turn the instant pot/pressure cooker to “sauté”. Add the oil and allow it to get hot. Add the brisket to the pot and sear both sides for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the brisket from the pot and place it in a bowl or plate. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, making sure the garlic doesn’t burn. Press the keep warm/cancel button on the instant pot. Add the broth and with a wooden spoon or spatula scrape the bottom of the pot to remove some of the bits stuck at the bottom of the pot. Add the BBQ sauce. Return the brisket to the pot with any collected juices. Toss well making sure the meat is well coated. Close the lid. Set the instant pot to meat/stew and set the timer to 75 minutes. *See notes Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes. Then do a quick release for the remaining pressure. Transfer the brisket to a cutting board. Cover with aluminum foil and let the meat rest for about 10 -15 minutes. Turn the instant pot/pressure cooker to “sauté” and cook/reduce the sauce for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring a few times. Press the warm/cancel button. Slice the beef brisket against the grain and serve with the BBQ sauce. You can also returned the sliced brisket to the instant pot making sure the slices are covered with the sauce (to prevent the meat from drying). Keep it warm until ready to serve.


If your IP doesn’t have a meat/stew option just chose “Pressure Cook” and set the timer.


2 to 3 pounds brisket: Cook on high pressure for 55 to 60 minutes.

4 to 5 pounds brisket: Cook on high pressure for 75 minutes.

6 to 7 pounds brisket: Cook on high pressure for 90 minutes.


If your brisket is too big, cut it in half so it fits comfortably into the instant pot.


I cut my brisket into 2 pieces and seared it one piece at a time not to over crowd the pot.


If your pressure cooker gets too hot after searing the meat, you can press the warm/cancel button before adding the garlic. The garlic will still get aromatic with the remaining heat.

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