Tom Kerridge's Pulled Beef Brisket Buns

A Slow Cooked Feast

  • Cooking Time480 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
1kg whole piece of beef brisket, good fat content needed for this
200ml beef stock
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
¾ tbsp yellow mustard seeds
½ tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp cayenne pepper


125ml cabernet sauvignon vinegar
40g soft dark brown sugar
125ml tomato ketchup
100ml ready-made beef gravy
50ml black treacle
40ml bourbon
40ml Coca-Cola
Good Splash of Worcestershire sauce


2 red onions
1 Spanish onion
10 radish, thinly sliced
¼ white cabbage, tough core removed
1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
4 tbsp chives, finely chopped
80g mayonnaise
1 tbsp English mustard
1 tsp cracked black pepper

To Serve

mini soft white rolls

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas Mark 5. Put the coriander, cumin and mustard seeds, and the peppercorns, into an ovenproof frying pan and bake until toasted and fragrant. This should take 5 minutes or so. Remove from the oven or pan, tip them onto a plate and cool, then crush into a fine powder with a pestle and mortar. 

2. Add the sugar, paprika and cayenne and mix. Rub this mixture all over the brisket and place in a plastic container. Scatter over any remaining spice mixture cover with a lid or cling film. Refrigerate overnight.

3. The next day, preheat the BBQ to 110c. Pour the beef stock into a lined roasting tin, put the brisket on top and then cover tightly with tin foil. Cook for 6-8 hours, checking from time to time that the beef stock hasn’t evaporated. 

4. If it looks a little low, add some water. The beef should be very tender. Remove from the oven and leave to rest with the tin foil on for 30 minutes.

5. To make the barbecue sauce, pour the vinegar and sugar into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and slowly reduce the mixture by half. Add the ketchup, gravy, bourbon, treacle, and Coca-Cola and bring back to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer very slowly for 15 minutes. While this is happening, remove the brisket from the tray and, with a fork, break up all the meat into flakes. Add the meat to the simmering pot, along with any juices left in the roasting tin. Season with a good splash of Worcester sauce. 

6. To make the coleslaw, slice the red onions, Spanish onion, radish, and white cabbage very thinly and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the spring onions and chives. Mix in the mayonnaise, mustard, herbs, and black pepper until well combined. 

7. Remove the foil from the brisket and begin to pull the meat apart with 2 forks. Add the BBQ sauce and mix well. 


Serve the pulled beef and coleslaw with some soft white rolls and some dill pickles and extra American mustard.