barbecue beef sandwich with melted cheese and potato chips on the side
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Instant Pot Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

These Instant Pot Barbecue Beef Sandwiches are super easy to make, and perfect for quick weeknight meals!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Pressure Release15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sandwich, beef, barbecue sauce, recipe, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 649kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast (cut into 4 pieces)
  • 1 Tablespoon Southwest seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup beef stock (or broth)
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce (divided)
  • 8 slices cheese (I used Provolone)
  • 8 hamburger buns (sliced and toasted)


  • Turn on your Instant Pot and press the “Saute” button.
  • Sprinkle the beef pieces with seasoning.
  • When the display reads "HOT", add olive oil to the Instant Pot liner and swirl it around the bottom.
  • Add two of the seasoned beef pieces to the pot and sear on all four sides. Remove and set aside on a plate. Sear the additional beef and place on the plate.
  • Add the beef stock to the liner, it will steam up, and scrape the bottom to remove the stuck on bits.
  • Add the beef back to the liner and pour 1 cup of barbecue sauce on top.
  • Cancel the Saute function. Secure the lid and check that the knob is in the Sealing position.
  • Press Meat or Manual and adjust the time to 60 minutes.
  • When it beeps, allow the pressure to release manually for 15 minutes before opening.
  • Remove the cooked beef from the Instant Pot and place it in a large bowl. Shred the meat by pulling it apart with two forks. 
  • Add 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce to the bowl, stir to combine. Add additional sauce if needed.
  • Slice and toast hamburger buns. Top with barbecue beef and a slice of cheese. Serve with additional barbecue sauce.


  • To make this recipe super fast, use store bought barbecue sauce and hamburger buns.
  • The amount of time that the pressure cooker take to build and release steam is not included in the total time. It can vary based on temperature of ingredients, etc.
  • I used provolone because I wanted a change, and because I thought the bright orange cheddar might look strange in the photos. Use whatever cheese your family prefers.
  • The meat is so tender it practically shreds itself!
  • I have this Instant Pot and love it!! {affiliate link}


Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 1107mg | Potassium: 798mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 5.8mg