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Tender Instant Pot BBQ Beef

This Instant Pot BBQ beef recipe comes out so yummy! Super tender roast shredded with tangy barbecue sauce is great as sliders or over rice for dinner!

bbq beef

Have you tried Instant Pot BBQ beef yet??!! It’s great for dinner, potluck dish, and a must have appetizer when throwing a Super Bowl football party. (participant in the amazon program, affiliate links present)

Like I said, I used a round roast. I’ve used chuck roast to make this too if that is what I have on hand. We’ve even done this same method to make pork butt in Instant Pot. It’s just that easy.

You see we buy half of a cow at the beginning of each year so we have A LOT of beef to use year round.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

What cut of meat is used for bbq beef?

I often us chuck roast which is inexpensive and falls apart well when cooked at high pressure. It may be labeled as shoulder roast

This time I used a roast that came out super tender, brisket is another great choice but the most expensive option.

What is the number one bbq sauce?

Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce consistently tops lists as the best and most popular one. This may be because it’s sweet with a bit of tang as well as being inexpensive.

sweet baby rays

I know, lucky us. 😉 Love having it handy at home and not having to shop for it in the store ever. If I did I would get the cut that looked best, and was reasonably priced. Yes, I am frugal too.

  • I don’t even bother sautéing it at the beginning.
  • Just cut into fourths or large chunks like our Instant Pot Barbacoa beef so it gets as tender as possible.
  • Sprinkled with some salt and pepper on all sides.

Then I pressure cook it for an hour with broth and a small amount of sauce.

barbecue beef (1)

I have found that is the best way to get the meat tender, and then adding the remainder of the sauce at the end. This way the flavors don’t get muted with the addition of the water or broth in the initial step.

  • Yes you can use water instead of beef stock or broth. Difference is of course you won’t get that added flavor.
  • If you have it on hand it’s far better than just water I tell you.

BBQ Beef

  • Roast
  • Barbecue sauce of your choice
  • Onion
  • Beef broth or water
  • Salt and pepper

Of course you can add additional seasonings on the outside of your meat if you like, we stayed simple

instant pot roast recipe

Here are quick directions but there is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post as well.

Time needed: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Barbecue Beef Recipe

  1. Season and cut beef

    If using a roast cut it into 4 equal pieces. Smaller pieces will yield more tender pieces quicker. Season each piece on all sides with at least salt and pepper. Chili pepper can be added for heat.

  2. Add ingredients

    Put beef, sliced onions, broth and 1/2 cup of bbq sauce into your pot.

  3. Pressure cook beef

    Close lid and steam vent and set to high pressure for 60 minute cook time, followed by a 10 – 15 minute natural release.

  4. Drain and shred

    When done remove your meat and put it on a cutting board to chop into smaller pieces (or shred with 2 forks). Drain liquid from pot into a strainer to catch onions.

    instant pot shredded beef

  5. Serve

    Put cooked onions and shredded beef back into your Instant Pot. Pour barbecue sauce on top and use tongs to toss with sauce until coated well. I added 1.5 cups of sauce but that is up to you.

    Serve inside small tortillas, on top of white rice, or as sliders.

If you need a really accurate time to complete this whole thing including the 20 minute time it takes to reach pressure, I’d say it’s 1.5 hours.

Any pressure cooker brand will work too. If you have a Crockpot Express or need a new Ninja Foodi recipe, follow the same directions below.

instant pot bbq beef

You could dice your onions if you wanted. Just keep in mind that they really get cooked down in that hour and become almost nothing. If you slice them thick like this you will have something left to add texture.

Most of the reason I add them period is for flavor. When you drain the liquid after the pressure cooking, make sure to use a strainer so you don’t loose these bits.

What can I do with leftover bbq beef?

  • If you do have some of this left over after you eat it (we don’t), you could eat it the next day in:
pressure cooker bbq beef (1)

Looking for more easy Instant Pot beef recipes? We have a lot to choose from, here are a few favorites:

Our Instant Pot beef and broccoli is amazing for sure and pretty cheap too.

We have other pressure cooker beef roast recipes you can follow here too.

For an easy pulled pork slow cooker recipe we have that too! Now you can enjoy all different types of meat with the same tender texture that’s full of flavor.

pressure cooker shredded beef

BBQ Beef Recipe

Probably our favorite way to serve this is inside slider buns. I can usually find great homemade rolls in the bakery section of our grocery store for next to nothing (seen above).

  • Add macaroni salad or cole slaw on top and WOW.
  • If I don’t have those I just make a pot of rice to serve it over. My girls probably prefer this with shredded cheese on top of the meat.
  • For a low carb idea you could make lettuce wraps with this beef and cheese inside.

How long does shredded beef last in the fridge?

If you have leftovers make sure to store in airtight containers or freezer bags within an hour of it cooling off to room temp. From there you can safely eat it within 3-4 days of it being in your refrigerator.

Reheat beef in the microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between. Or put into a pan on the stovetop over medium heat stirring constantly until hot.

You can print recipe below and enjoy it very soon.

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Instant Pot BBQ Beef

This Instant Pot BBQ beef recipe comes out so yummy! Super tender roast shredded with tangy barbecue sauce is great as sliders or over rice for dinner!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, bbq, beef, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 584kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Cut your roast into 4 equal pieces. Season all sides with salt and pepper and put into your pressure cooker with onions on top.
  • Pour broth into your pot with 1/2 c bbq sauce on top of meat.
  • Seal lid closed and close steam valve.
  • Set to high pressure for 60 minutes followed by a 10 minute natural release.
  • Release rest of steam, remove meat on to a cutting board and drain liquid from pot in a strainer.
  • Dump onions in strainer back into your pot. Use a sharp knife to cut beef from pot into strips, or use fork to shred apart.
  • Put beef back into pot with onions and pour rest of your bbq sauce on top. Use tongs to mix bbq sauce with shredded beef. If you want more sauce, add more. Serve on slider buns or over rice.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot BBQ Beef
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 584 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 1484mg65%
Potassium 1033mg30%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 243IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 1st of May 2022

This is an awesome recipe. I used a rump roast. I bet it would work for barbecued chicken, too. Very easy and delicious.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022



Thursday 8th of April 2021

Can i used chicken broth if i don’t have beef at hand? Will it affect the flavor?

The Typical Mom

Thursday 8th of April 2021

Of course, taste will just be a bit different


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Can you freeze ? Sorry if I missed it in the write up

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

You could in freezer bags and allow to defrost in fridge and then reheat in microwave or in a pan on the stovetop


Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I just finished making the BBQ Beef for Instant Pot. I used a Ninja Foodi, pressure cooked a 3.5 lb rump roast. I used Sweet Baby Rays as the sauce. I did not have any beef broth so I used the Better than Bouillion Beef in the water. I did sear the meat before I started but then followed your recipe. I pressured it for about 75 minutes and then did a slow release until the pressure was done. (I was doing something else and forgot it). Drained, shredded (made 1/2 of sandwich) added BBQ sauce and a little of the liquid back in. I love it. Still 2 hours before dinner so will add the liquid as needed. It is on low right now just soaking up all the BBQ sauce. Thank you for an easy and good recipe.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Oh yay, enjoy!


Saturday 14th of November 2020

Wonderful.. delish

The Typical Mom

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Glad you loved it too

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