Instant Pot Barbecue Beef Brisket is made using the instant pot’s slow cooker function! In the most amazing and flavorful Barbecue sauce, made completely from scratch. The brisket is tender, the sauce is out of this world, and this is one of the easiest meals you’ll ever make! And minimal clean-up!
The perfect Sunday afternoon is a slow-cooking of Instant Pot Beef Brisket. This is one recipe where you want to take your time cooking while enjoying a glass of wine waiting for its arrival at your dinner table.
We made it for our New Year’s Eve celebration and it was an absolute hit! The total cooking time was 8 hours, and it was cooked on low. Cooking brisket low and slow allows the connective tissues to slowly dissolve into the meat. As a result, the meat is amazingly tender. We served it with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.
How is Instant Pot Brisket differs from Slow Cooker Brisket?
If you were to make it in a slow-cooker, you would cook it in a liquid. Usually, you would use chicken stock, red wine or beer. Instead, we cooked it in the homemade BBQ sauce which added very juicy flavor to the brisket. We put it into the Instant Pot in the morning and by afternoon the house was filled with the fantastic aroma. It was so hard to wait for my Instant Pot to finish its job!
Which buttons to use on your Instant Pot to make Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket
If you are using Instant Pot for this, as I did, use the following directions to slow cook on low (190-201°F). Use the “+” and “-” buttons to increase or decrease the cooking time.
- First of all, you should close the lid.
- Then you will turn the Steam handle to venting since we’re not pressure cooking here.
- Now you will press the slow cook button.
- Press the slow cook button repeatedly to set the temperature to less. The usual choices are less, normal, or more.
- Finally, you will press + or – to adjust time.
This Instant Pot Beef Brisket will be the easiest meal on your menu, whether it is a celebration or just a regular dinner. Besides, it makes a great sandwich meat too. The wonder of this beef brisket is not only about the texture of the brisket itself, but also the amazing flavor of the barbecue sauce. Let’s also talk about all its slow-cooker juices of the instant pot!
How to slice the brisket
First of all, let’s make sure that your knife is very sharp. Otherwise, it will not be able to produce the thinly sliced meat that we are aiming for here. You should use either a carving knife or a chef knife. The blade must be SHARP! If you don’t have a sharpener at hand but have a cabinet full of coffee mugs like we do, run a sharp edge on your knife along the bottom of a ceramic mug. This should temporarily sharpen your knife.
Next, find the direction of the grain. It’s basically the way the muscle fibers are aligned. Then slice across the grain rather than parallel with it. Now put the blade of your knife perpendicular to the grain and start slicing at an angle. Go with the short strokes. Make sure to slice your slow cooked beef brisket thinly.
Hint: When you slice with the grain as opposed to across the grain, you will get these long, shredded pieces. This is a good indication that you are cutting the wrong way.
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What’s in the Rub?
First, beef brisket is rubbed with the special rubbing mixture. that includes paprika, cumin, mustard powder, garlic & onion powders.
I recommend rubbing the brisket the night before. Then you will place the beef brisket with the rub in the resealable food-storage plastic bag. You will refrigerate it overnight.
How to make the BBQ sauce
- First, add the ingredients of the homemade barbecue sauce to the instant pot and mix them together. By the way, you can use any of these kinds of vinegar: distilled, red wine or apple cider. We used apple cider vinegar.
- Mix the barbecue sauce right in the Instant Pot.
- After 8 hours of beef brisket cooking in the BBQ sauce, you will transfer it to the saucepan.
- You will simmer it on the stove-top for 15 minutes until it’s thickened.
Tender and flavorful leftovers anyone?
If you love cooking in your instant pot, you will fall in love with these delicious recipes:
Instant Pot Spaghetti, Instant Pot Cajun Chicken and Rice and Instant Pot Country Style Pork Ribs in BBQ Sauce.
The meat is tender, the sauce is out of this world and this is one of the easiest meals you'll ever make! And minimal clean-up!
- 4 lb. beef brisket (fresh or thawed, if previously frozen)
In small bowl, stir together all ingredients from the rubbing mixture. Rub this mixture over beef brisket (can be done the day before). If done ahead of time, place beef brisket in the resealable food-storage plastic bag and refrigerate.
Add all the ingredients from the Homemade Barbecue Sauce ingredient section into your slow cooker and mix them all together with a whisk.
Place beef brisket into your slow cooker on top of the barbecue sauce. Using a deep metal spoon, pour some of the barbecue sauce over top.
Set your slow cooker or instant pot to cook on Slow for 8 hours for a 4 lb. beef brisket. Once done, remove brisket from the slow cooker. The instructions follow for the barbecue sauce.
Remove the barbecue sauce liquid from your slow cooker and add it to the medium size saucepan. Bring to a boiling point and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cut a small corner of the brisket to determine the direction of the grain of the meat. The grain should be perpendicular to your knife. Start slicing.
Arrange sliced brisket on a plate or a bun and pour Barbecue sauce on top of the slices. Alternatively, you can also reheat sliced beef brisket in the sauce and serve it warm.
Instant Pot Tips
If you frequently use your Instant Pot for a variety of recipes, it’s a good idea to have 2 different rings. One is for savory recipes and the other – for sweet recipes. This helps avoid odor exchange. I use this Genuine Instant Pot Ring as my second ring. Made by the Instant Pot manufacturer, it has over 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon.
Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid is another useful tool to have on hand. It’s a good way to help keep the food warm without having to put the pressure lid on.