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Whole30 Brisket - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, easy, 6-ingredients and always a favorite!

This Whole30 brisket recipe is one of my most popular. I grew up in Texas and there they *know* brisket! This one is a makeover of my best friend’s grandma’s recipe – straight from a Texas grandma to you. Seriously, put this in your meal plan stat! Great for kids and holidays.

Why We Love This Whole30 Brisket

This is often my go-to party appetizer to take (brisket on sweet potato sliders), as I then know I will at least have a protein there I can have. Also, it’s requested at every Whole30 group potluck I’ve had! It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Keto, and naturally nut-free and egg-free. Additionally, you can cook it in the oven or in a slow cooker. It doesn’t use a lot of ingredients and doesn’t require much hands-on prep.

What is Brisket?

Brisket is a cut of beef that comes from the chest of the cow and is traditionally very tough. As one of the least tender cuts of beef, it needs to be marinated and then cooked slowly at low temperatures to create a tender result. Due to it being a tougher cut of meat, it is often less expensive and more budget-friendly. If you don’t see brisket at your local grocery store, talk to the butcher.

Make it a Meal

This Whole30 Brisket is delicious by itself. But to make it a meal, try it:


  • Beef Brisket – Look for a cut of beef specifically labeled “beef brisket.” I get mine at Winco.
  • Liquid Smoke – Liquid smoke can be found in the condiment section of the grocery store. Liquid smoke is made from condensing the smoke from burning wood. It gives the meat a smokey flavor without being cooked in a smoker. You can see an example of this at Walmart here.
  • Salt + Pepper – Don’t over think these, just traditional table salt and ground black pepper here.
  • Coconut aminos – Coconut aminos are a Whole30 compatible soy-free variation of soy sauce. Full of flavor and great for sauces! I get this brand from Walmart, but there is an even more affordable option at Trader Joe’s, if you have one close to you.
  • BBQ Sauce – I love using my Homemade BBQ Sauce for this dish, but you can use whatever Whole30 compatible BBQ sauce is accessible to you. Primal Kitchen has these that you can find at Walmart or Target.



Whole30 Brisket - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, easy, 6-ingredients and always a favorite!

Whole30 Brisket

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
A tender, fall-apart meat straight from this Texas girl's heart to your table!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 329 kcal


  • 2-2 ½ lbs beef brisket can sub a beef chuck roast if you can't find the brisket cut!
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt or 1/2 t onion salt + 1/2 t. garlic salt
  • ½ a 3.5 bottle of liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce homemade (see link in notes) or The New Primal or Tessamaes if you are on Whole30 or Keto. Use extra sauce if you like it more saucey!


  • Put beef in a roasting pan. Pour liquid smoke over the meat. Sprinkle seasoned salt over the meat, rubbing into the meat. Cover with aluminum foil and marinate overnight.
  • OVEN: When ready to cook, remove from fridge and sprinkle with regular salt, pepper, and coconut aminos. Cover with foil and bake @275 for 7 hours or in the slow cooker on low for 9 hours. Drain off all liquid, shred, remove excess fat, and pour BBQ sauce on meat. Bake uncovered at 325 for 20 minutes.
  • SLOW COOKER: When ready to cook, remove meat from fridge and place in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with regular salt, pepper, and coconut aminos. Top with the 1 cup BBQ sauce. Cover with lid and cook on low for 9 hours. Should shred easily when ready.
  • INSTANT POT: When ready to cook, remove meat from the fridge and place it in the bottom of an Instant Pot. Sprinkle with regular salt, pepper, and coconut aminos. Cook on Manual High for 80 minutes. Let steam naturally release for 15 minutes (don't turn the dial on top to release the steam for 15 minutes after it's done cooking). Discard extra liquid, shred, and then add in BBQ sauce.
  • Great by itself, on roasted sweet potato slider rounds (see below) or a baked potato, or on a salad! Optional - extra sauce to drizzle on top (pictured)
  • To make Sweet Potato sliders: TOSS 1/4 inch circular slices of potato oil to coat.LAY in a single layer on a baking sheet covered in parchment, sprinkling withsalt.BAKE at 425 for 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Sliders are donewith outside is browned and inside is tender.
    SLIDER AIRFRYER MODIFICATION - Cook sliders for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, stir/flip, then cook at 400 for 10 minutes to crisp.


You can find my homemade Whole30 compliant BBQ sauce recipe here. This brisket is also delicious on top of or sandwiched between my Whole30 Hash Brown Waffles or Paleo Crispy Waffles (cheaper and better tasting than a gluten-free bun, IMO!)


Calories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 41gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 1449mgPotassium: 856mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 323IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 5mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, kid-friendly, main dish, nut-free, paleo
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Whole30 Brisket - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, easy, 6-ingredients and always a favorite!


  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight in the Instant Pot – so delicious!! We could only find chuck roast, but still so tender and wonderful flavor! Paired it with roasted potatoes and green beans. Also used Trader Joe’s GF buns (toasted w/vegan butter) and Primal Kitchen BBQ sauce. Thumbs up from the whole family!

    • Well that sounds like an absolutely delicious meal! Glad my recipe could be a part of it. I agree, the chuck roast still turns out great and the Instant Pot is such an easy option. Happy to hear it was a family hit. Thank you for the review!

  2. 5 stars
    This is sooooo good! For an easy recipe with quick prep & then slow cook while you get your day done, it’s so tasty. My son who is a brisket connoisseur😂 thinks this is DELICIOUS! It’s on regular rotation for our fam. You have to make this!

    • Lol, I love that your son is a brisket connoisseur and so happy he found this one delicious! Honored to be on the regular rotation and that your family loves it! Thank you for the review : )

  3. Hi! I can’t wait to try this. What liquid smoke do you like?

    • Hi! I use Wrights Liquid Smoke, which I find at Walmart or Winco. It’s a family favorite!

  4. We’re trying this for the first time today! It’s currently in the crock pot and will be ready around 6:30 EST this evening. I’m recovering from COVID so I can’t smell it, but my husband assures me it smells amazing already!

    • I hope you are feeling better and that this one was a win. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    So good. I use a slow cooker and it couldn’t be easier. A really great make ahead to have for weeknight dinners.

    • I’m so happy you loved this family favorite! And great to know it was a hit in your slow cooker, thank you!

  6. This is a family favorite, and in our regular rotation. I have 6 kids, and all of them love this recipe! It’s delicious, and so easy to make! I usually forget to have it marinate overnight, but it’s still amazing just letting it all soak in the crockpot all day!

    • Hooray! I’m so happy this is a family favorite for your family too, thank you!


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