Food Under Pressure
Barbacoa Shredded Beef | Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • 2.5-3 lbs beef brisket lightly trimmed of fat
Barbacoa Seasoning Blend
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground chipotle pepper based on heat preference
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2-2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp black pepper based on preference
  • 2 tsp lime zest (zest of 1 lime)
  • 2 tsp orange zest (zest of 1/2 orange)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
Cooking Liquid
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2-3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (juice of zested lime)
  • 2-3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice (juice of 1/2 zested orange)
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed and peeled
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce optional, will add spice
  1. In small mixing bowl, mix Barbacoa Seasoning blend.

  2. Cut chuck roast into two equal pieces. Evenly distribute and rub in Barbacoa Seasoning on all sides.

  3. Marinate for 1-24 hours in the fridge (if you’re really in a time crunch, you can skip).

  4. Turn Pressure Cooker on Sauté or Browning mode. Sear chuck roast on all sides then remove and set aside.

  5. Add cooking liquid (broth, orange and lime juice) and thoroughly deglaze pressure cooker pot - don’t skip this step!

  6. Add garlic and chipotle in adobe, stir, then return chuck roast to pressure cooker, directly into cooking liquid.

  7. Place lid on pressure cooker. Close vent knob. Select High Pressure cooking setting and adjust cook time to 60 minutes.

  8. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure cooker to naturally release pressure (NPR) for 15-20 minutes. Quickly release any remaining pressure (QPR) by opening vent knob, then remove lid.

  9. Remove chuck roast to cutting board or plate and turn Pressure Cooker on Sauté or browning mode in order to allow cooking liquid to reduce while you shred the beef.

  10. Shred Barbacoa Beef with meat shredding tool (or 2 large forks). Remove any chunks of fat, as desired.

  11. Return Barbacoa Shredded Beef to cooking liquid. Serve as desired!