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Instant Pot Beef Brisket on wood cutting board

Instant Pot Brisket

This Instant Pot Brisket can be made in any electric pressure cooker or even a slow cooker. In this post, I show you how to cook a tender and juicy brisket using a flavorful rub and a few other tricks that will make it incredible.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword no smoker, quick, tender
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Marinade Time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 1157kcal


  • 4-5 lb flat cut brisket fat cap trimmed to ⅛"


  • 3 ½ tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Combine spice rub ingredients in a bowl and rub over the entire surface of the brisket. Place seasoned brisket on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. 
  • Cook per your desired cooking method below. Remove cooked brisket from the pot and place on a baking sheet. Brush with your favorite bbq sauce and place under the broiler for a few minutes or until the sauce starts to caramelize. Alternately you can finish the brisket off on the grill. 

Instant Pot Cooking:

  • Cut brisket in half so it fits, and place ½ of the brisket in Instant Pot on wire trivet with the fat cap up followed by the remaining half. Add 1 cup water to the pot and set to cook at high pressure for 75 minutes. Allow a natural pressure release for at least 15 minutes and then you can manually release the rest. 

Slow Cooker:

  • Place brisket in the slow cooker and cook for 8-9 hours on low or until tender.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1157kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 151g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 449mg | Sodium: 1979mg | Potassium: 2500mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1345IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 15mg