instant pot pulled brisket

Instant Pot Brisket

A delicious instant pot pulled beef brisket. It's very juicy, tender and will melt in your mouth.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Rika Livingston


  • Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot


  • 3 pounds beef brisket
  • 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon  liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  cumin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt 
  • optional: salt and pepper to taste


  • Pour the broth or water into the pot.
  • Add all of the seasoning ingredients into the pot and mix well with the broth to create a sauce.
  • Nestle the meat into the sauce mixture and use a cooking spoon to spread the broth over the meat.
  • Lock the lid onto the pot.
  • Set to "Manual" and cooking time to "70" and let its pressure return to naturally back to normal (for about 10 minutes).
  • Unlatch the lid and open the instant pot.
  • Skim the excess surface fat from the sauce.
  • Use a meat fork or two regular forks to transfer the brisket to a cutting board to pull it apart and shred. This is safer than pulling it apart in the instant pot which can be hot.
  • Place the shredded meat back into the pot. Then turn the instant pot to the "saute" setting and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until the sauce looks like a loose, wet BBQ sauce.
  • Turn off the "saute" function. Remove the meat from the instant pot and transfer the sauce into the bowl. The sauce and meat taste great together but are best stored separately as to keep the meat from getting soggy.
  • Serve the meat on a bun and add coleslaw. Add additional sauce as desired.


  • Briskets come in two basic cuts. Choose the "flat cut" because is less fatty than the "point cut". 
  • If your brisket is too big, just cut in half until it fits comfortably in the pot.
  • Don't have liquid smoke? Just skip it :) 
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