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Denise’s Pressure Cooker Brisket with Molasses BBQ Sauce

Author: Denise Pardini, Hotel Castello di Sinio

Ingredients

Dry Rub

  • 2½ to 3 lbs beef brisket
  • 2 TBS brown sugar (26g)
  • 1 TBS hot smoked paprika (15g) or chili powder 
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper (6g)
  • 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp (3g)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (3g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder (3g)
  • 1 tsp coarse kosher salt (3g)
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, ground (3g) 
  • 1 tsp fennel seed, ground (3g)
  • 1 tsp allspice, ground (3g) 
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes (0.5g) 

Brisket

  • 1 medium onion, sliced ½ cup  
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup water (125ml) (you can use unsalted chicken stock, but water works just fine)
  • 1 TBS molasses or maple syrup (15ml)
  • 1 TBS honey (15ml)
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar (30ml)
  • 1 TBS liquid smoke

Molasses BBQ Sauce (added to the cooking juices)

  • 2 TBS Dijon mustard (30ml) 
  • 1 TBS Molasses (13g)
  • 1 cup ketchup (250ml)
  • 1 TBS chipotle pureé (13g)

Instructions

Dry Rub

  • Mix the spices together and rub all over the brisket. 
  • Allow to marinate for at least two hours and preferably overnight.

Cooking the Beef Brisket

  • To the Instant Pot, add sliced onion, minced garlic, 1 tbsp / 15 ml maple syrup, 1 tbsp / 15ml honey, 2 tbsp / 30 ml apple cider vinegar, 3 to 5 drops liquid smoke, and ½ cup / 125 ml water or unsalted chicken stock to the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Mix well. 
  • Do NOT add ketchup, Dijon mustard, and brown sugar.
  • Add marinated brisket to Instant Pot. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 75 minutes and Natural Release for 15 minutes. Remove the lid carefully.
  • Carefully place cooked brisket on a chopping board and let it rest.

Molasses BBQ Sauce

  • If desired, use a fat separator to remove the oil from the BBQ sauce. Bring the BBQ sauce back to a simmer by pressing the "Cancel" button, then "Saute" button.
  • Mix in 1 cup / 250 ml ketchup, 2 tbsp / 30g Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp / 13 g chipotle pureé, and 1 TBS / 13 g molasses (substitute with brown sugar if you don't have molasses) in the Instant Pot. Let the BBQ sauce thicken by simmering for 8 to 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if necessary.

Notes

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