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Corned Beef

Corned Beef
PREP TIME
20 min
COOK TIME
3h
YIELDS
6 - 8 servings

Skip the store-bought and make your own corned beef with Alton’s easy recipe.

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Ingredients

2
qts water
1
cup kosher salt
½
cup brown sugar
2
Tbsp saltpeter
1
stick cinnamon, broken into several pieces
1
tsp mustard seeds
1
tsp black peppercorns
8
whole cloves
8
whole allspice berries
12
whole juniper berries
2
bay leaves, crumbled
½
tsp ground ginger
2
lb(s) ice
1
(4-5 lb) beef brisket, trimmed
1
small onion, quartered
1
large carrot, coarsely chopped
1
stalk celery, coarsely chopped
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Directions

Step 1

Place the water into a large 6 to 8 quart stockpot along with salt, sugar, saltpeter, cinnamon stick, mustard seeds, peppercorns, cloves, allspice, juniper berries, bay leaves and ginger. Cook over high heat until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the ice. Stir until the ice has melted. If necessary, place the brine into the refrigerator until it reaches a temperature of 45ºF. Once it has cooled, place the brisket in a 2-gallon zip top bag and add the brine. Seal and lay flat inside a container, cover and place in the refrigerator for 10 days. Check daily to make sure the beef is completely submerged and stir the brine.

Step 2

After 10 days, remove from the brine and rinse well under cool water. Place the brisket into a pot just large enough to hold the meat, add the onion, carrot and celery and cover with water by 1-inch. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and gently simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat is fork tender. Remove from the pot and thinly slice across the grain.

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