Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Brisket

Sweet and tangy, this Slow Cooker Brisket is a classic! Its largely hands-off cooking makes this a breeze to put together. It’s perfect as a holiday centerpiece, in tacos, as a hash, and so many other ways! We also share how to make it in the Instant Pot, too!

Slices of slow cooker brisket.

The Best Brisket Recipe

Cooking brisket in the slow cooker is one of my favorite ways to make it! Not only is it simple to do, but it also makes the house smell amazing while it is cooking! I can’t help but think of the traditional Jewish holidays I celebrated with my family growing up, where brisket was often served, when I’m making it. Now I love to throw in my slow cooker anytime of year, and have recently started making it in the Instant Pot, too. This brisket is slightly sweet, tangy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Brisket makes really, really awesome tacos, and fabulous breakfast when paired with eggs!

How to make slow cooker brisket.

Ingredients Needed

  • Beef Brisket
  • Onion + Garlic
  • Beef Broth
  • Ketchup
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Salt + Pepper

How to Make It

Cooking brisket is pretty simple all that it really needs is a long and slow cooking time. That’s why I love to make it in my slow cooker. However, if you are short on time, you can also use your Instant Pot to make it, with pretty similar results.

First the brisket should be salted, and let come close to room temperature. Next, the meat should be seared. Browning the meat helps develop flavor. Finally, you’ll place the brisket along with all the remaining ingredients inside of the slow cooker (or Instant Pot) and let it cook until it is fork tender.

Crock pot brisket with all the fixings for tacos.

How to Serve It

Brisket can be served as a centerpiece of a celebration or typical dinner. Serve alongside your family’s favorites sides such as roasted veggies, traditional latkes (or sweet potato latkes), and a big salad.

Brisket also makes amazing tacos with all of your favorite fixings.

And if you haven’t tried brisket hash, now is the time!

Slow cooker brisket tacos with avocado.

Can you cook this in an Instant Pot?

Yes! Here are the directions:

  1. Pat brisket dry with paper towels and sprinkle with generous amount of salt on each side. Let brisket sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil using the saute function of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Once hot, brown brisket on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the brisket and shut off saute function.
  3. Place onions and garlic inside of the liner and then place the brisket on top.
  4. Whisk together broth, ketchup, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over the brisket.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes, with a natural release.
  6. Once done, shred the brisket, or slice across the grain.
  7. Serve in tacos, or as a main dish for a celebration.

Other Passover and Hannukah Recipes:

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Simple Slow Cooker Brisket


Yield 6-8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes



Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pat brisket dry with paper towels and sprinkle with generous amount of salt on each side. Let brisket sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium high-heat. Once hot, brown brisket on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Place onions and garlic inside a slow cooker. Place brisket on top.
  4. Whisk together broth, ketchup, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over the brisket.
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
  6. Once done, shred the brisket, or slice across the grain.
  7. Serve in tacos, or as a main dish for a celebration.

Recipe Notes

  1. It's preferable to get a flat-cut brisket. If it doesn't fit in your slow cooker, feel free to cut it in half.
  2. See post for instructions on how to cook it in the Instant Pot.

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December 10, 2014

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7 responses to “Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Brisket”

  1. LOVE!! And I especially love the winter add-ins of butternut squash, peas, and cranberries. #divine

  2. I love anything in the slow cooker and these tacos are GENIUS!

  3. I love getting to use the slow cooker. These tacos looks so perfect, drooling now!

  4. LOOOOOVE slow cooker brisket, totally trying your recipe next time 🙂

  5. Oh I LOVE BRISKET! But I don’t have a slow cooker… I seriously need to invest in one!

  6. This looks absolutely scrumptious!! Definitely going on my meal plan and am sharing it via social media! Thanks, Lexi! 🙂

  7. LOVE this recipe! I’ve included a link to it on my meal plans, as you know. And I just included a link to it in my contributor post – “50 Fabulous Grain-Free Slow Cooker Meals” – over at Keeper of the Home. I hope it sends lots of new friends your way!

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