Instant Pot Texas Beef Brisket

If you’ve ever wondered how to create Texas-style beef brisket at home, but without all the fussy outdoor smoker equipment, then this is the smoked brisket recipe for you! The Instant Pot (get yours here: makes it possible to get authentic-tasting Texas beef brisket from a single countertop appliance, in only 2 hours!

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The secret is the spice rub, which uses both smoked paprika and chipotle (smoked jalapeno) chili powder to get that smokey-good taste, without the outdoor equipment. Brisket is normally easy to dry out, but with the use of pressure cooking, you always get a moist, tender finished product. It’s Tex-licious!

Serve this Texas-style beef brisket recipe at your next holiday party. With a zesty dry rub and smokey appeal, it’s a fabulous main dish for the holidays. It also makes a wonderful addition to tailgating, game-day, or your next potluck, but is equally at home on the family dinner table.

Pro Tip: Use a flat cut brisket for best results. Amp up the spiciness by adding additional cayenne pepper or by doubling the chipotle chili powder.

You always get a moist, tender finished product. It’s Tex-licious!


Spice Mixture:

  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 3/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)


  • 4-5 lb beef brisket, fat trimmed to 1/4″ or less and cut into two pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce


  1. In a medium bowl, combine Spice Mixture ingredients and rub over trimmed brisket. Place brisket in a large ziplock bag or other tightly covered container and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Pour one cup of water in the Instant Pot and insert the steam rack. Stack the brisket pieces on the rack, fat side up.
  3. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  4. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 75 minutes.
  5. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  6. Carefully remove the meat from the pot to a foil-covered baking sheet and brush with BBQ sauce.
  7. Set the brisket under the broiler for 4-5 minutes until caramelized and bubbly.
  8. Slice meat against the grain and serve.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.