Instant Pot Barbecue Brisket
Smokey beef brisket made in the Instant Pot.
Kate at Eating in an Instant
Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker
freshly ground black pepper
3 - 4
large yellow onion
plus more for serving
In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
Pat the brisket dry with paper towels.
Trim the fat cap to ¼ inch thick.
Cut the brisket in two to three large pieces to fit into the pot.
Sprinkle the seasoning all over the brisket.
At this point, you can transfer the brisket to a 1 gallon resealable bag and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Press SAUTE on the Instant Pot.
When it shows HOT, add the oil and swirl to coat inner pot.
Add one piece of the brisket fat side down to the pot and sear for about 5 minutes, until browned.
Transfer the brisket to a plate, then repeat with the second (or second and third) piece(s).
Add the onion and the brown sugar to the pot and sauté for about 3 minutes, or until the onion has softened.
Pour in the broth.
Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
Return the brisket pieces to the pot, fat side up.
Close and lock the lid.
Turn the pressure release valve to SEALING.
Select MANUAL high pressure and adjust the cooking time to 75 minutes.
When the cooking time ends, let the pressure release naturally for 25 minutes.
Turn the pressure release valve to VENTING to release any remaining pressure.
Remove the brisket and shred with two forks.
Pour the cooking liquid into a fat separator.
Return 2 cups of the cooking liquid to the pot along with the shredded brisket.
Stir in barbecue sauce and liquid smoke.
I really like ancho chili powder for this brisket. It is milder and smokier than regular chili powder.
Sea salt would make a good substitute. Or 1 teaspoon of table salt.
I like to use reduced-sodium beef broth.
Choose a barbecue sauce that you like. Pick a brown sugar or honey sauce for a sweeter brisket or a spicy sauce for a bit of heat.
Feel free to adjust the amount of liquid smoke to your liking.
Nutrition values are estimates.
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