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Homemade Corned Beef

Here's a recipe you've gotta plan for, but you don't need to do much work to get this deli-quality corned beef. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1-1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mixed pickling spices, divided
  • 4 teaspoons pink curing salt #1
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 oven roasting bags
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped

Directions

  • In a large stockpot, combine water, kosher salt, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons pickling spices, pink curing salt and garlic. Bring to a simmer, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
  • Place 1 large oven roasting bag inside another. Place brisket inside inner bag; pour in cooled brine. Seal bags, pressing out as much air as possible; turn to coat meat. Refrigerate 10 days, turning occasionally to keep meat coated. Remove brisket from brine; rinse thoroughly. Place in a Dutch oven with water to cover. Add carrots, onions, celery and remaining pickling spices. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, adding water if necessary to keep brisket covered, until meat is tender, about 3 hours.
  • Serve warm or cool. Slice brisket thinly and serve in a sandwich or with additional vegetables simmered until tender in cooking liquid.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate meat in cooking liquid for several days; reheat in liquid.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked corned beef: 277 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 1252mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 20g protein.

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