Smoky Irish beef brisket buns recipe

Summer is BBQ season! These gluten-free buns are overflowing with succulent beef coated in a sweet and smoky BBQ sauce. Pickled chillies and cucumber sprinkle freshness and spice into this decadent lunch, perfectly complimenting the richness of the meat.



Smoky Irish beef brisket buns

A real lunch-time treat. These buns are a combination of sweet, salty and spicy which are perfect to make for family and friends.

Course lunch
Cuisine Irish
Keyword barbecue
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 386 kcal
Author Terry Edwards


  • 500 g Irish beef brisket

For the BBQ sauce

  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 500 ml ketchup
  • 100 ml gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 400 ml orange juice reduced by two-thirds
  • 2 tbsp English mustard
  • 1 tsp Tabasco

Pickled cucumber and chilli

  • 1 cucumber roughly chopped
  • a handful of chillies
  • 300 ml water
  • 200 ml white wine vinegar
  • 100 g sugar

For the dry rub

  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp mustard powder
  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp course sea salt


  1. Mix all the dry rub ingredients together and rub into the beef, wrap well in 5 layers of foil and allow to sit in the fridge overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 165ºC/Gas Mark 3.

For the BBQ sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients into a pan, mix well and slowly bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.

For the pickled chillies and cucumber:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a pan over a low heat until the sugar has melted. Allow to cool before pouring over the chillies and cucumber. Leave to sit in the liquid for a minimum of 1 hour.

For the brisket:

  1. Place the brisket in the oven and cook for 4-5 hours. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before unwrapping.

Recipe Notes

TIP: Perfect to reheat on a smoky barbecue outside and serve whole for a wow factor, or slice thinly into long strips then barbecue, or finish in a griddle pan.

Nutrition Facts
Smoky Irish beef brisket buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.7g10%
Saturated Fat 2.1g13%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 28g56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.