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Instant Pot BBQ Brisket Recipe

Instant Pot BBQ Brisket Recipe

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 7-8 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Infused with incredible flavor and cooked with spices and smokey BBQ sauce, this Instant Pot beef brisket is deliciously tender and easy to make. Much quicker than using a slow cooker or oven, too! Serve with your favorite sides, sandwiches or tacos or try our leftover brisket broth rice.



3 lb / 1.5 kg brisket (you can use flat or point cut)

1 cup beef stock

2/3 cup smokey BBQ sauce of choice

Dry rub

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1.5 teaspoon salt

0.5 teaspoon pepper


  • Trim some of the excess fat from the brisket but don’t remove all of it from the top. Keeping some fat will keep it moist while cooking. Plus, it will render down.
  • Combine the dry rub spices in a bowl. Sprinkle and rub over both sides of the brisket.
  • Add 1 cup of beef stock to the Instant Pot and whisk in about two tablespoons of the barbecue sauce.
  • Place the brisket in the broth, fatty side up. Brush another 2-3 tablespoons of barbecue sauce over the top.
  • Secure and lock the lid. Set to Pressure Cook/Manual and adjust the time to 70 minutes at HIGH pressure.
  • Once the timer is done, allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Open the lid and remove the brisket to a cutting board. Pour the cooking broth into a jug or a container; there should be quite a lot of it. You can use some of it for cooking rice or potatoes in the Instant Pot and some to pour over sliced brisket.
  • Brush or spread the remaining barbecue sauce (or extra if you wish) over the cooked brisket. You can cover it with foil to keep warm or leave it in the Instant Pot while preparing the sides.
  • When you’re ready to serve the meat, slice the brisket into thin pieces and drizzle over with the cooking broth.
  • Optional: You can use the brisket broth to cook rice in the Instant Pot, it’s delicious and a good way to use up the leftover liquid. Here is the recipe.


Time to come to pressure: 10 minutes | Pressure cooking time: 70 minutes for 3 lb brisket (add 5 minutes for every extra pound) | Natural release: about 15-20 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 40  minutes

Keywords: Beef Recipes, Brisket Recipes, Pressure Cooking, Beef Brisket, Dinner Recipes