BBQ Brisket

This tender pork brisket recipe tastes like it's made in a slow cooker, but a quick 30 minutes in the pressure cooker makes it a truly "out-of-bounds" experience.

by Guy Fieri
20 February 2017, 9:00am

Servings: 8
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes


for the brisket rub:
11 grams paprika
24 grams granulated garlic
6 grams granulated onion
11 grams chili powder
2 grams cayenne pepper
8 grams kosher salt
4 grams freshly ground black pepper
1700 grams second-cut (deckle) beef brisket, cut into 3 equal pieces

for the BBQ sauce:
500 ml low-sodium beef broth
300 grams BBQ sauce, preferably Guy Fieri Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ sauce
126 grams ketchup
76 grams yellow mustard
25 grams Worcestershire sauce
30 ml apple cider vinegar
4 grams liquid smoke
¼ teaspoon chili flakes
30 ml canola oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced ½-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into and ½-inch slices
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into ½-inch slices
1 (350 ml) bottle lager beer
12 grams thinly bias-sliced scallions (white and light green parts) for garnish
kosher salt, for finishing meat

to serve:
60 grams melted butter
1 garlic clove, minced
8 brioche buns, halved
broccoli slaw


1. To prepare the brisket rub, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Rub into and all over the brisket pieces. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator on a tray for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

2. To make the BBQ sauce, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk well to combine. Cover and set aside.

3. To cook the brisket, heat the oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat until hot. Add the brisket pieces and cook for 6 to 7 minutes on each side until well browned. Add the onion and bell peppers to the pot and cook, stirring, until browned, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Pour in the reserved sauce and the beer. Add enough water to just come three quarters of the way up the beef in the pot. Bring to a simmer.

5. Cover with the pressure cooker lid, and securely lock into place according to your pressure cooker's directions. Increase the heat to high and bring the cooker to high pressure; you can tell it's there by the steam escaping from the valve or a high pitched whistling noise. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 45 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a steady, consistent pressure.

6. Remove the pressure cooker from the heat and let the pressure come down for 15 minutes. Carefully release any remaining gentle pressure by releasing the valve and letting the pot sand for 3 to 4 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

7. Using tongs, transfer the brisket to a plate and set aside. Place the pot with the braising liquid over high heat and simmer the sauce until reduced and slightly thickened.

8. Slice the brisket against the grain and sprinkle with salt.

9. To serve, heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. In a small bowl, mix the butter with the garlic and brush on the inside of the buns. Toast the buns, flipping once, until golden, about 1 minute per side. Pile the brisket high on the inside of the bottom bun and drizzle with a little of the reduced BBQ sauce. Pile high with broccoli slaw and top with the top half of the bun. Make a large platter for the family or for on game day.

From How-To: Make Quick BBQ Brisket with Guy Fieri