It’s that time of year again to make Hot Corned Beef Barbecue in the Instant Pot! Well, actually it’s time to make boiled corned beef and cabbage. Granny wasn’t Irish, and we are only a little bit Irish, so let’s shake things up.
I adapted Granny’s recipe for a 3lb corned beef brisket. I know it is not totally Irish to make corned beef into a BBQ sandwich. In fact, according to my calculation, what we have here is a Reuben minus the Russian dressing, plus Granny’s BBQ sauce. It was done in ninety minutes and was perfectly juicy and delicious. I can’t help but think what Granny and the ladies of her day would have done with their extra time if they had Instant Pots. And imagine the amount of feet-putting-up-time they would have had if they had slow cookers, husbands who changed diapers, a microwave, a car, Peapod, and a zillion recipes on Pinterest.
I hope your St. Patrick’s Day is a happy one and includes a side of barbecue sauce this year!
This is a twist on traditional corned beef and cabbage that makes a perfect dinner for St. Patty's Day or any family dinner. St. Patrick's Day sandwiches with a side of barbecue sauce!
- 1 3-4 lb Corned beef brisket
- 2 t Chili powder
- 1/2 t Garlic powder
- 4 T Apple cider vinegar
- 4 T Worcesteshire sauce
- 2 t McCormick's Montreal steak seasoning
- 1 1/4 c Ketchup
- 1 1/2 c Beef broth
- 1 Onion chopped
- 8 Hamburger buns
- 8 Sweet pickles
- Sour Kraut for sandwiches
- Swiss cheese for sandwiches
Measure chili powder, apple cider vinegar, Worcesteshire sauce, ketchup, Montreal seasoning and garlic into a skilled with 1 1/2 c water and mix.
Cook uncovered over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes. until most liquid has evaporated and the mixture has thickened.
When thick, pour hot barbecue sauce mixture into the Instant Pot with beef broth, chopped onion, and 1/2 c water. Put corned beef brisket into the liquid or on the wire rack for your Instant Pot, if you have one.
Close the lid, lock, and press meat/stew. Set the time for 90 minutes. When the meat is finished cooking, allow the steam to do a natural release. After ten minutes turn the steam release to manually vent.
Place hamburger buns, split side up, under preheated broiler for about 2-4 minutes until lightly toasted. Chop meat and place desired amount on each bottom bun half. Top with sour kraut, swiss cheese, and a spoonful of barbecue sauce from the bottom of the Instant Pot if desired. Put tops on the sandwiches and garnish with a pickle on a toothpick.
You can also can cook this recipe in a slow cooker on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 10-12 hours.