This Instant Pot Beef Brisket is an easy, savory dish that you can make without heating up your entire house. Dump in everything and just let it make itself, and you end up with a savory, melt-in-your-mouth dish for dinner.
What Is Beef Brisket?
Brisket is a cut of beef located in the breast or pectoral region. It can be one of two different cuts. The point and the flat. For this pressure cooker brisket recipe, I used the flat cut.
Note this is same cut of meat that is used for corned beef brisket, but the two are not at all the same thing.
Fresh beef brisket is just fresh, uncured meat. In contrast, a corned beef brisket has been cured and brined and often spiced.
I have an excellent pressure cooker corned beef brisket recipe right here as well.
Why This Instant Pot Brisket Recipe Might Be The Best Way To Cook Brisket
Have you wondered how to pressure cook a brisket? This Instant Pot beef Brisket recipe will show you how to make an excellent brisket with minimal effort on your part.
It gives you a deliciously rich and tender braised brisket without having to smoke the beef brisket for hours on end.
This recipe for Instant Pot Brisket is sure to offend every bbq brisket person within a 100-mile radius of my Texas home. But I plan to watch them get upset while they chow down on a plate full of this delicious beef brisket with sauce while watching them yell at me.
I had really wanted to smoke this brisket but I didn't plan things very well and just ran out of time at the last minute. So I thought back to all the times that people have used slow cookers to make their brisket and decided the Instant Pot could do for me in a fraction of the time.
Advantages Of Making Instant Pot Brisket
- My house didn't get over-heated
- The recipe makes a sauce in the bottom of the pot that is super savory and flavorful. So basically you're using your pressure cooker to make beef brisket AND gravy at the same time.
- It's a dump everything in and cook it type of recipe, and y'all know how much I love those types of recipes.
- I didn't brown or pre-season anything to make this brisket.
- This is a simple beef brisket recipe. No fancy ingredients, but every ingredient adds a flavor punch. Because I'm all about #ruthlessefficiency.
Does Instant Pot Brisket Taste Like BBQ Brisket?
Well, no it doesn't taste anything like smoked beef brisket. Not even a little bit. It tastes like braised meat. Delicious, savory, umami braised brisket.
If I were you, I'd think of this as a braised meat dish that has minimal effort for the maximum beef-flavored payoff. You'll have a tender piece of meat, lots of thick, lovely sauce, and all with no effort.
And no barbecue sauce. Which, as a Texan, I consider unnecessary on a well-cooked piece of meat.
How Long Does It Take To Cook A 2 Pound Brisket?
The time it takes to cook a 2 pound beef brisket all depends on what method you're using to cook it. If you're using a more traditional method, such as grilling or baking, it can take up to an hour per pound to cook it through.
That's what makes Instant Pot Brisket such a great option if you're trying to get dinner on the table FAST. This beef brisket recipe cooks a 2 pound brisket in an hour and twenty minutes (including prep time).
How To Cook Brisket
If you're wondering how to cook brisket in your Instant Pot, you've come to the right place. With just a few simple steps you will have the most tender, delicious brisket in a fraction of the time of traditional cooking methods.
Step 1: Slice the brisket into even pieces. Season with salt and pepper and set aside while you get everything else together.
Step 2: Mix together ingredients for the sauce.
Step 3: Layer the sliced onions at the bottom of the pressure cooker. You are doing this to get some lovely flavorful stock into the recipe, and also keeping the brisket from scorching. You do not need to use beef broth, apple cider vinegar or barbeque sauce, or any other way to flavor your brisket if you follow this method.
Step 4: Place the seasoned brisket on the onions. Pour in the sauce. The Brisket Cook Time will be 40 minutes.
Step 5: Remove the meat from the pot. Using an immersion blender, purée the sauce and onion in the pot. Your flavorful cooking liquid just turned to gold around this brisket.
Step 6: Turn the pot to Sauté. To the cooking liquid, add in the prepared mustard, and thickener if using.
Step 7: Serve the beef brisket with the sauce poured on top. You could sprinkle with a little smoked paprika right before serving if you like.
Tips And Tricks For A Perfect Instant Pot Brisket Recipe
- The thickness of the beef brisket will dictate cook times. Watch the video or see the process shots above.
- If you want slices, for the size and thickness in the video, you want a 35 minute cook time with a 15-minute natural pressure release. The video shows 70 minutes for a shreddable brisket.
- Cut that brisket up into large chunks before you cook it. Otherwise, you may have one large piece of meat that's overdone on the outside, and underdone on the inside. #trustUrvashi on this one. There is no way to evenly cook a large hunk of meat without it overcooking on the outside.
- Reduce the brisket cook time by cutting it into small pieces.
- Use the flat cut of the brisket for this Instant Pot recipe.
- You can add some brown sugar to the cooked brisket if you want a touch of sweetness in the sauce.
- Looking for the perfect Passover brisket? This is a great Jewish brisket recipe.
- To make a slow cooker brisket, I would urge you to cut up the brisket just as I've specified here. It may take a good 10 hours for the beef to tenderize, so unless you have planned ahead, I would not count on a crockpot brisket being done in time for dinner.
- Sometimes I take out a chunk of the cooked beef, and either make chopped or sliced brisket and cover it in bbq sauce. This way I can get two dishes out of one beef brisket.
- You can also use this shredded beef in sandwiches, or over Instant Pot mashed potatoes. In fact, the combination of this seasoned brisket with creamy mashed potatoes is heaven.
Is Brisket Ok On Keto?
Yes, it is. Can you believe it? This recipe calls for cooking with onions, which can be relatively high carb. However, if you use the onions to cook and remove before serving, you have a Keto brisket recipe! Even if you still eat the onions you cook with the brisket, this recipe is only 5 net carbs for serving and a wonderful low carb meal!
What Cut of Brisket Am I Using?
So I discovered this the hard way. Brisket is made up of two different cuts: the point and the flat. The point cut is fattier, and the flat cut is drier and leaner
The fatty cut is ESSENTIAL for a good smoked brisket. For smoking, you want what's referred to as a Packer's cut, or the untrimmed version that has both the flat and the point. This usually comes in GIANT MASSIVE sizes. I get mine from Costco, and I use this smoker for the best brisket ever.
Does Brisket Get More Tender The Longer You Cook It?
Let me start out by saying that you CAN overcook your brisket.
If you're wanting to shred your brisket to make sandwiches or tacos, it's hard to overcook your brisket but you could do it!
Longer cooking times will make the beef taste mealy and flavorless. So for a Brisket made in a pressure cooker, longer is not necessarily better.
That being said, follow the instructions in my recipe so you cook the perfect Instant Pot Brisket every time.
If you want slice brisket, cook it for a little shorter time. If the meat is still tough, you can add it back in for an additional 5-10 minutes under pressure.
How To Reheat Brisket
- Place a trivet inside your Instant Pot liner.
- Add a cup of water.
- Place a heat-safe pan on top of the trivet.
- Put meat in the pan.
- Cover the pan with foil.
- Set Instant Pot to STEAM for 3-4 minutes.
- Allow the pot to release pressure naturally.
Looking For Dishes To Pair With This Instant Pot Brisket? Check These Out!
- Potatoes Anna recipe. With only 4 ingredients, you can make this tasty, elegant dish with ease!
- This Indian beetroot salad goes really well with this brisket too, even though we're totally combining cultures.
- Instant Pot Cherry Clafoutis recipe. This elegant French dessert is a breeze to make in your instant pot!
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes for the perfect side dish.
- Corned beef with cabbage for a different brisket recipe
- Instant Pot Chili -- Another beefy, hearty beef recipe that is perfection
Now you've got all the fixings of a delicious Instant Pot Brisket dinner! Make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook so they can enjoy it as well!
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For the Sauce
For the Pressure Cooker
- Put salt and pepper on the brisket pieces and let it sit while you get your other ingredients together.
- In a small cup or bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce.
- Place sliced onions in the inner liner of your pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Place the sliced beef on top.
- Pour over the mixed sauce.
- Cook the meat at high pressure for 35 minutes for a brisket with some chew, and at 40-45 minutes for a more tender brisket. If you intend to shred it, you can cook for 60 minutes.
- Open the pot and remove the brisket with tongs.
- Using an immersion blender, blend together the onions and all the liquid in the pot. Add mustard and ensure it is mixed well.
- Turn your Instant Pot to sauté and add the xanthum gum or corn starch and allow the sauce to thicken.
- Slice the brisket, and serve with the sauce.
For the Slow Cooker
- You can make this recipe in a slow cooker by following all directions as above, and cooking the brisket on low for 8-9 hours.
Watch The Video
- The thickness of the brisket will dictate cook times. Watch the video or see the process shots above.
- If you want slices, for the size and thickness in the video, you want a 35 minute cook time with a 15-minute natural pressure release. The video shows 70 minues for a shreddable brisket.
- Cut that brisket up into large chunks before you cook it. Otherwise, you may have one large piece of meat that's overdone on the outside, and underdone on the inside.
- Cutting the brisket also reduces total cook time.
- Use the flat cut of the brisket for this recipe.
- You can add some brown sugar to the cooked brisket if you want a touch of sweetness in the sauce.
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This post was originally published on Aug 8, 2017 at 12:20 PM.