You Can Make the Best Brisket in Your Instant Pot

Brisket cooked in an Instant Pot is ready in a fraction of the time than brisket cooked in the oven, and it always comes out tender and delicious.


  • 1 (3-4 pound) beef brisket, large fat pieces trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. Pat the brisket dry with a paper towel and season with salt, pepper, thyme, and paprika.
  2. Heat the olive oil in the Instant Pot on the Saute setting until simmering.
  3. Sear the brisket for 5 minutes on each side. Set it aside on a plate.
  4. Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes or until golden.
  5. Stir in the garlic, water, brown sugar, wine, and ketchup. 
  6. Return the brisket to the Instant Pot.
  7. Lock the lid on and seal the pressure valve. Pressure cook on high for one hour.
  8. Let the pressure release naturally when it’s done. 
  9. Transfer the brisket to a cutting board and slice against the grain. Serve with onions and sauce.