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texas style brisket instant pot

Texas Style Brisket Instant Pot

Steven Pennington
Perfect Instant Pot Texas Style Brisket Be Sure To Read The Tips At The Bottom
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Instant Pot
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Suggested Equipment

Instant Pot


The Brisket

  • 16 oz Brisket / Buy 1 to 2 pound piece
  • 3 Tablespoon BBQ Dry Rub / recipe in post
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon Sea Salt / Kosher salt works

Add To The Instant Pot

  • 6 cups Beef Stock / recipe in post
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • ½ Stick of Butter / 2 ounces
  • 6 Tablespoon Peanut Oil / Canola & Vegetable oil works
  • 2 Tablespoon Black Pepper


  • Cut the Brisket into manageable sizes to fit into the Instant Pot. Try to not cut them too small. This would affect the cook time. Smaller pieces will cook quicker.
  • Season the brisket with the BBQ dry rub. Allow 10 minutes on the counter at room temperature to help the seasoning penetrate the meat.
  • Remove the lid of the Instant Pot and set to saute.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to heat up on the "More" heat setting.
    There are three Instant Pot heat settings. "Less", "Normal" & "More".
    instant pot control interface
  • Next sear the pieces of the seasoned brisket in the Instant Pot. Sear on all sides, being sure to take your time searing sealing in the favor.
    Tip: Do not use olive oil
  • Next, add in the beef stock. Add enough to cover the brisket ⅔rds the way up the sides. Or is ok.
  • Next, add the butter and liquid smoke.
  • Place the Lid on and secure. Make sure the plastic circle ring in the lid is inserted.

Instant Pot Settings

  • Set the Instant Pot on High Pressure
  • Set the Instant Pot heat level to "Normal"
  • Set the Instant Pot timer for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • After the timer goes off
  • -Do NOTHING lol...The Instant Pot will switch the heat off and start the "Natural Pressure Release" process.
  • This is so important. If you just release the pressure you will shock the meat causing it to dry out.
  • The Instant Pot has a timer that will appear on the screen counting up in minutes. This allows you to be very exact with your cooking and repeating the process.
  • After the timer goes off and beeps, wait 30 minutes, or longer before moving on.
  • After 30 minutes, using a fork, lift the pressure release valve.
    Almost nothing will come out after 30 minutes of natural release.
    That's the point of natural release. The meat gets to just chill out and relax from the high pressure. This process is very much like resting a cooked piece of meat.
  • Place the brisket on a cutting board tented with aluminum foil and allow another 10 minutes to pass. Resting the meat...
  • Slice the brisket against the grain to ensure tenderness.
    If you slice with the grain the meat will be tough.
    Add fresh cracked black pepper before serving.


🎥 How-To-Video



Tips To Extra Tenderness
  • Using a Fatty Cut of Brisket Helps - This is called the "point" on a brisket.
  • Use enough liquid
  • Use Natural release 30 plus minutes
  • Cooking in a tomato sauce  (The acid in the tomatoes helps tenderize the Brisket) not Texas style.
  • Pairing the dish with a sauce never hurts
Keyword Instant Pot Brisket, Texas Style Brisket Instant Pot
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