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Instant Pot brisket on a tray with red onions and corn on the cob.

Instant Pot Brisket

This beef brisket is coated in a homemade spice rub and barbecue sauce, then slow cooked until tender. An easy dinner option that requires minimal prep work and is great for feeding a crowd.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 402kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 4 pounds beef brisket
  • 1/3 cup BBQ rub homemade or store bought
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce homemade or store bought, plus more for serving


  • Coat the brisket all over with the BBQ rub.
  • Pour the beef broth into the bottom of an Instant Pot, then set the brisket in the pot, fat side up.
  • Spread the BBQ sauce over the brisket.
  • Seal the pot. Set it for high manual pressure for 75 minutes.
  • After the time has elapsed, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then manually release the pressure.
  • Optional step: Preheat the oven broiler. Brush an additional thin layer of BBQ sauce over the meat.
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes or until caramelized. Watch carefully to make sure it does not burn.
  • Let the meat rest for 10 minutes. Thinly slice against the grain, then serve with additional sauce as desired.



  1. Make sure to choose a piece of brisket that will fit inside your Instant Pot!


Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 869mg | Potassium: 922mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 5mg