Spice up your dinner routine with our Instant Pot Chipotle Beef Brisket! Picture this: juicy, fall-apart tender brisket, coated in a smoky chipotle dry rub — all achieved in a flash with the magic of your Instant Pot.
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This brisket is so, so good, y’all! The Instant Pot is my go-to during the winter for making Creamy enchilada soup, stews, and other comforting meals like Instant Pot French onion pot roast, but I think that it REALLY shines in the summer when I’m looking to avoid turning on my oven in this Texas heat. This BBQ brisket is perfect for those days! Thanks to this pressure cooker method, you can have tender, flavorful, fall-apart brisket in a fraction of the time vs. having to grill or bake it for hours. If you’ve never made a brisket before, have no fear – this recipe is so easy and nearly foolproof, and results in perfectly juicy brisket every time.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s quick and easy – brisket doesn’t usually have the reputation of being particularly quick or easy. This recipe, though, cooks in just 70 minutes (still a bit longer than your average dinner, but much, much shorter than a brisket would typically take).
Chipotle Brisket Recipe Ingredients
You’ll need a handful of spices and seasonings, the brisket itself, some olive oil for searing, and broth for cooking. That’s it! Find ingredient notes (including substitutions and swaps) below.
- Brisket – when you go to the store to buy your brisket, you’ll see two types – whole brisket and trimmed brisket. Brisket is a large cut of beef, so whole briskets are typically about 10-15 pounds, and you’ll notice that they are very fatty. You’ll want to buy a trimmed or flat cut brisket instead. These come in 3-4 pound packages, have much of the fat cap trimmed off, and are best for making sliced brisket. If you can’t find a trimmed brisket, go ahead and ask the butcher if they can get you one! If they can’t, you can buy a full brisket, trim it yourself, and then freeze what you won’t be using for this recipe.
- BBQ sauce – you’ll want to have a bit of barbecue sauce for serving your brisket. You can either make your own homemade BBQ sauce or use your favorite store-bought sauce.
A full ingredient list with exact amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
Recipe Variations and Modifications
- Skip the spice – use mild chili powder instead of chipotle chili powder in the dry rub to cut down on a lot of the spice.
How to Make Chipotle Beef Brisket in the Instant Pot
Once you’ve rounded up your ingredients, it’s time to get cooking! Here’s what you’ll need to do.
Step 1: In a small bowl, whisk together the chipotle powder, brown sugar, salt, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper.
Step 2: Cut the brisket into 3-4 pieces and trim any excess fat.
Step 3: Season the meat with the dry rub. If you’d like, you can do this step the night before, then wrap the brisket pieces in plastic wrap to let them marinate overnight for more flavor.
Step 4 (optional but recommended): Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting and add the olive oil to the pot. Once it is hot, add 2 pieces of brisket at a time and sear for 3-4 minutes on the top and bottom sides, until browned. Remove from the pot, then repeat for the remaining pieces of brisket.
Step 5: Add the broth to the pot. Let it come to a boil, then use a whisk to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Turn off the saute feature on pot.
Step 6: Add the brisket back to the pot, seal the it, then set it to cook for 70 minutes on high pressure. If you have time, let the pressure release naturally once the 70-minute timer goes off. If you’re short on time, you can manually release the pressure by turning the pressure release valve.
Step 7: Chop or slice (against the grain) your brisket. Then serve and enjoy!
How to Serve
I like to serve my brisket sliced and topped with BBQ sauce, with some of my favorite BBQ side dishes like Creamy Green Apple Coleslaw, Broccoli Crunch Salad, and German Potato Salad. Here are a few other ways you can serve it!
- Chopped BBQ Sandwich – Chop up your brisket into bite-sized chunks, then mix with your favorite barbecue sauce, layer onto bread or a bun, and top with coleslaw.
- Brisket Tacos – Brisket makes for a fantastic taco option, use the meat as-is, or give it a quick sear and top off your taco with our Mexican coleslaw. This is a great option for using up leftover brisket the next day!
- Brisket Bowls – Layer sliced brisket over potato salad or white rice and top with BBQ sauce, pickles, and onions.
How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover brisket in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To reheat it, simply pop a serving in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or heat it in a skillet over medium heat for 7-10 minutes.
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Instant Pot BBQ Beef Brisket
For the Dry Rub:
For the Brisket:
- 1, 3-4 pound trimmed beef brisket
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
- 1 cup beef broth or water
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish
- BBQ sauce, for serving
- Whisk together all ingredients for the dry rub until fully incorporated.
- Cut brisket into 3-4 equal pieces, then season the brisket with the dry rub mixture, making sure it’s applied liberally and applied to all sides.
- Add the butter or oil to the Instant Pot, and turn to "saute" mode.
- Once hot, add the beef to Instant Pot in two batches, searing brisket for 3-4 minutes per side until browned, then remove from pot. Note: searing the beef all at once will cause overcrowding and will prevent the beef from browning nicely.
- Once all beef is browned, pour in the broth and scrape the browned bits on the bottom with a whisk, then add the beef back to the pot.
- Close the instant pot, making sure the valve is set to “sealing” rather than “venting.” Set to cook on high pressure for 70 minutes.
- Once the brisket is finished cooking, let the Instant pot release pressure naturally (about 15 minutes) until the lid easily opens.
- Slice the beef against the grain and serve with BBQ sauce. Garnish with sea salt and cilantro, if desired. Enjoy!