How to Cook Corned Beef

Even though I grew up in a heavily Irish area of Connecticut I never ate corned beef. So when my husband asked me to cook it, I was a little lost, he is part Irish and Corned Beef was a family tradition on St. Patricks Day. When I said I didn’t know how to cook it, and wasn’t planning on adding it to the menu a pout appeared and he mentioned driving home to his Mom’s. That wasn’t going to happen.

Cooking Corned Beef and Cabbage

So, I started asking around for recipes and my co-worker Kelly told me about this awesome recipe on, where else, Allrecipes. Have to admit, even for someone with no Irish heritage I did pretty well. On second thought, since I’m adopted, I don’t know what mix I am and the freckles that appear in the summer might have some “Touch of the Irish” , but I’d like to think I’m just a good cook.

I bought the already packaged and brined corned beef, I guess I cheated a little. I did learn a little trivia about corned beef. It’s not named because the beef are fed corn, but because the brisket was cured with corns of salt.

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Corned Beef Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 (3 pound) corned beef briskets with spice packets
  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) bottles beer
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup peppercorns
  • 1 bulb garlic cloves, separated and peeled (didn’t have, used freeze dried garlic)
 Directions
  1. Place the corned beef briskets into a large pot (I used a crock pot). Sprinkle in one of the spice packets, and discard the other one or save for other uses. Pour in the beer, and fill the pot with enough water to cover the briskets by 1 inch. Add the bay leaves, peppercorns and garlic cloves. Cover, and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 4 to 5 hours, checking hourly, and adding more water if necessary to keep the meat covered. (which I didn’t do, still turned out great)
  3. Carefully remove the meat from the pot, as it will be extremely tender. Set on a cutting board, and allow it to rest until it firms up a bit, about 10 minutes. Slice or shred to serve. I discard the cooking liquid, but it can be used to cook cabbage and other vegetables if desired.
Cabbage, Potatoes & Onions
  • 1/4 of a cabbage, cut into 1-2″ chunks
  • 1 onion cut into 1″ pieces
  • 4 potatoes, cubed
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Cube all ingredients and place in shallow baking dish
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and melted butter
  3. Liberally sprinkle with salt and pepper
  4. Bake for 45 minutes

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4 thoughts on “How to Cook Corned Beef

  1. I am going to admit to you right now, that I didn’t even read this post before making my comment, because I Detest corned beef and cabbage! Not even letting the spousal unit close to this one!

    1. Thats funny, my memories of corned beef were like yours, hated it, my Mom made sauerkraut and it smelled terrible. But my husband pouted and I gave in,…guess we’re still newlyweds,…lol

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