Instant Pot BBQ Brisket

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BBQ brisket! Yes, please! I am part of a monthly grass-fed and pastured meat CSA with one of my local farmers. For those not familiar, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, with a CSA you pay your farmer ahead of time for a share of their meat and/or produce and then you pick it up or have it delivered as the harvest comes in.

I am very fond of this kind of relationship with a farmer, because you are essentially gambling with the farmer and sharing the risk that comes with producing the food that you eat. I like being the shared responsibility in that arrangement. I also like CSAs, because they introduce you to new things.

For instance, prior to my meat CSA I didn’t really eat brisket often and had never prepared it. The first time it showed up in the CSA I had to learn how and now . . . I’m a brisket convert! I think you will be too after you try this super tender and delicious recipe. BBQ brisket may seem a little off in January, but the secret is the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot BBQ Brisket
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Serves: 4-6
  1. Mix sugar and molasses into a paste, set aside.
  2. Mix remaining rub ingredients, season the entire brisket with dry rub ingredients.
  3. Next, as best you can, spread the molasses mixture over brisket. It may not spread well or evenly, but that is okay.
  4. Place seasoned brisket in a large baking dish, cover, and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  5. Cut brisket in half, place each piece in Instant Pot. Add garlic, broth, and BBQ sauce.
  6. Close lid and set to meat/stew for 90 minutes.
  7. When pot beeps, quick release the steam. Transfer brisket to cutting board and cover with foil to rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Slice brisket and serve warm with reserved BBQ sauce.
The BBQ sauce I used and linked here is the Mastodon flavor by KC Naturals, however, any sauce, including making your own will work. The Nightshade-Free Cherry BBQ Sauce by Mickey would be great.


About Angie Alt

Angie Alt is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. She helps others take charge of their health the same way she took charge of her own after suffering with celiac disease, endometriosis, and lichen sclerosis; one nutritious step at a time. Her special focus is on mixing “data with soul” by looking at the honest heart of the autoimmune journey (which sometimes includes curse words). She is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy Consultant through The Nutritional Therapy Association and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. You can also find her on Instagram.


  • April says

    I don’t have horseradish powder, can I just skip it?

  • Erin says

    I’m making this, but all I have is fresh horseradish and I mixed the rub and the molasses together without reading the directions right so we’ll see how we go. 😬🤞🏻

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