Corned Beef and Cabbage

Lou Kostura

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@lkostura

Instead of going to the market and buying a corned beef I started to brine my own briskets and man oh man what a difference in flavor. Just something about making your own. Not to mention the leftovers make great Reuben sandwiches. I've done this process now for about 10 years and it is a bit time consuming, as well as a little tricky to get the curing salt but well worth the effort, my first attempt was with regular salt it tasted ok but it turned brown, I asked my butcher why and he said in order to keep it red you need curing salt not regular salt. Ahh I was enlightened.


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Serves:

4

Prep:

1 Hr

Cook:

4 Hr

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

BRINE FOR BRISKET

5 lb
center cut beef brisket
8 Tbsp
curing salt
1 c
white vinegar
1 gal
water
6 Tbsp
pickling spice

CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

1
corned beef
1
cabbage head quartered
6
red potatoes, small
1 lb
baby carrots
1/2 c
white vinegar
4 Tbsp
pickling spice

Directions Step-By-Step

1
To Brine your brisket, trim excess fat from meat. I use only center cut as it is less fatty.
2
Mix water, vinegar, curing salt ( I ask my butcher for this and if you have a good relationship with your butcher they will normally give/sell you just enough to make a brisket)and pickling spice in a non-reactive bowl
3
Either place beef in bowl or you can also do this in a zip lock bag, add brine and refrigerate for 30 days. Yes 30 days.
4
After 30 days remove from brine and rinse.
5
Place in Stock pot cover with water, add vinegar and pickling spice. Bring to a boil and reduce to low simmer for 4 hours. You can also do this in a crock pot.
6
Remove beef from pot, dump 1/2 of boiling liquid add a little fresh water, potatoes, carrots and boil until tender
7
Add cabbage last 10 minutes

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Irish