Want to know how to get deliciously tender and flavorful Brisket in about an hour and 20 minutes? Use a Pressure Cooker and choose the right cut of meat! Today, I’m sharing my easy Brisket recipe and best tips on how to cook brisket in the pressure cooker!
How to Cook Brisket in the Pressure Cooker
We all love brisket around here but it’s can be so expensive to purchase from a restaurant. Up to $17.99 per pound locally, though we did find a fabulously reasonable BBQ joint about an hour and a half away. ($11.99 per lb for the brisket – score!)
On our way home from our next trip to the coast, I plan to stop in and grab several pounds to go, wrapping them individually and freezing them for later.
Smoking a brisket verses pressure cooking a brisket.
I bought my hubby a smoker a few years back. While absolutely delicious, the downside of smoking your own brisket is that you really have to plan ahead since it can take all day to smoke a huge brisket. It’s nice for a special family meal or get-together but we generally aren’t that good at planning ahead and truthfully neither one of us has the patience to sit around and deal with a smoker all day.
I’ve been using my pressure cooker a lot more. It says me SO much time in the kitchen because it reduces cooking time significantly (like from 8 hours to 1 hour!) I love cooking meat in my pressure cooker as I think it makes the flavor even better and makes the meat so tender it almost falls off the bone.
- Cuisinart 6 quart pressure cooker
- Instant Pot 8 quart (If I didn’t already have one I would get the 8qt one in a heartbeat- I want that yogurt function!!)
- Fagor 8 qt pressure cooker
- Pressure Cooker Meals: Recipes, Tips, and Explanations
Look at that brisket!!!
Everyone in the family loves this recipe. I’ve made it three times now and we keep eating it before I can photograph it! I have no doubt that it won’t be long before someone requests that I make another brisket again.
Tips for cooking a brisket in the pressure cooker:
- When choosing a smaller trimmed brisket at the grocery store, you need to look for a piece with the most fat. The fat will keep the meat moist during cooking. (If you are unable to find one with a good amount of fat, I have heard you can layer the top with bacon in a pinch to help keep it moist.)
- Don’t skip the searing step – it helps lock in the flavor and juices.
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Use a pressure cooker to get deliciously tender and flavorful Brisket in about an hour and 20 minutes with this easy brisket recipe and the best tips on how to cook brisket in the pressure cooker!
- Coat all 4 sides of the brisket with equal amounts of BBQ seasoning and montreal steak seasoning.
- Set your Pressure cooker to the browning setting (If you don’t have this option, you can do this step on the stovetop.) Add olive oil to cooking pot and sear all 4 sides of the brisket.
- Turn brisket in pot so the fattiest side is facing up. Add more seasoning if desired.
- Add 2 cups water and Worcestershire sauce to the pressure cooker pot. (take care to not pour it over the meat and wash off the seasoning.)
- Set pressure cooker to high and cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- When cooking time is complete, do a natural pressure release. Remove brisket from pot and let rest about 5 minutes.
- Slice against the grain and serve!
When choosing a smaller trimmed brisket at the grocery store, you need to look for a piece with the most fat. The fat will keep the meat moist during cooking. (If you are unable to find one with a good amount of fat, I have heard you can layer the top with bacon in a pinch to help keep it moist.)