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I love a good braise, and this recipe for BBQ Braised Brisket sure makes me happy! This is a fool-proof, simple, and flavorful way to transform a sometimes tricky cut of meat into a delicious meal with an amazing sauce. In our house we like to enjoy it over a bed of mashed cauliflower, parsnips, turnips, or a combination of the three!
A note for Instant Pot users – yes, you can make this one in the Instant Pot by halving the bone broth and orange juice and cooking on high pressure for 70 minutes, but this method doesn’t save much time (when coming up to pressure and depressurizing is factored in). It also doesn’t taste as flavorful as the oven-braised version. I’m a big fan of using the Instant Pot when it saves me time and creates good flavor, but this is just one of those recipes where braising really does work out best!
- 2-3 pound flat-cut beef brisket
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon solid cooking fat
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1" piece ginger, grated
- ½ cup bone broth
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 anchovy fillet
- Parsley, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Trim any excess fat from the brisket, and rub all sides with the sea salt. Set aside.
- Place the cooking fat in a heavy-bottomed, lidded, oven-proof pot (like a Dutch Oven) on medium heat on the stove. When the fat has melted and the pan is hot, add the onions, and cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes, or until just beginning to brown. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds before turning off the heat.
- Add the broth, juice, vinegar, molasses, oregano, and garlic powder to the pot and stir. Nestle the brisket into the liquid, making sure it comes up about ½-2/3 the meat.
- Cover with a tight-fitting lid and place in the oven to cook for 2 hours, or when tender when pierced with a fork. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the brisket and set aside. Pour the remaining cooled mixture into a blender with the anchovy and blend into a thick sauce.
- Serve the sliced brisket generously slathered with sauce and garnished with parsley, if desired.