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Instant Pot Barbecue Beef Brisket
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Instant Pot Barbecue Beef Brisket

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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot beef brisket
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 458kcal
Author Olya


  • 4 lb. beef brisket (fresh or thawed, if previously frozen)

Rubbing mixture:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Homemade Barbecue Sauce:


Rubbing mixture:

  • 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.

Barbecue sauce:

  • Add all the ingredients from the Homemade Barbecue Sauce ingredient section into your isntant pot and mix them all together with a whisk.

Adding Beef Brisket:

  • Place beef brisket into your instant pot on top of the barbecue sauce. Using a deep metal spoon, pour some of the barbecue sauce over top.
  • Select Pressure Cook, on High Pressure. Set the timer for 90 minutes. When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure. When valve drops carefully remove lid. Remove the brisket from the Instant pot. The instructions follow for the barbecue sauce.

To thicken 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.

How to slice beef brisket:

  • 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 across the grin.

To serve:

  • 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.


Prep time includes time it takes to come to pressure, about 35 minutes.


Serving: 269g | Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 749mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 7mg