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sweet & sassy corned beef brisket

(19 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jennifer Jones
Columbus, GA

As a young married cook, I was under the belief that I should be just like my grandmother. Apron on, dinner ready, table set when my new husband arrived home from work with a smile and a kiss for the beautiful wife he appreciates so much. Of course, reality set in pretty quickly, but along the way, I created this recipe. It is definitely one of the favorites in my house now... for the second husband and three kids. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This corned beef is sweet and sassy... just like us! We loved this delectable sauce. It's creamy with a sweet and sour taste (reminds us of a honey mustard sauce). The corned beef almost tastes like roast beef when drizzled with the sauce. Any leftovers will make a delicious sandwich.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(19 ratings)
yield 4 to 6
prep time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For sweet & sassy corned beef brisket

  • 1 pkg
    corned beef brisket, uncooked
  • 1/2 c
    yellow prepared mustard
  • 1/2 c
    deli-style mustard
  • 1/3 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    pickling spice

How To Make sweet & sassy corned beef brisket

  • Corned beef on a baking rack over a water bath.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse brisket in cold water. If you have a roasting pan with a rack, fill the bottom with water, and place the brisket on the rack above the water. If you don't have a roasting rack/pan, you can make one. Pour water at least half-way up in a baking dish. Place a cake cooling rack on top of the baking dish with the brisket on this rack. If you don't have a cooling rack, place the brisket on the top rack of the oven set in the middle with the lower rack just below it with the water-filled baking dish. The water acts as a steam bake for the brisket ensuring optimal juiciness. I like to place the brisket fat side up for the first half of cooking to allow for the fat to render down into the meat some.
  • Brisket cooking in the oven.
    Place the brisket in the oven to cook. Your complete cooking time will depend on the weight of your brisket, so cooking times are approximate (about 1 hour per pound).
  • Bringing sauce ingredients to a boil.
    Mix the remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan and heat on low on the stove. Keep it on the stove throughout the time the brisket cooks. I know it seems like a lot of sauce, but it will get used.
  • Spooning sauce over the brisket.
    Every 20 to 30 minutes of cooking, spoon some of the sauce over the brisket.
  • Brisket flipped fat side down.
    Half-way through your cook time, flip the brisket over.
  • Spooning sauce over the brisket.
    Spoon sauce over the top allowing it to run down the sides.
  • Brisket continuing to roast in the oven.
    Place the brisket back into the oven.
  • Keeping the sauce warm on the stove.
    Place sauce back on the stovetop on a low setting. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.
  • Brisket resting before it's sliced.
    Once your meat is cook through, allow it to rest for about 15 minutes before cutting as this will allow the juices to set.
  • Sliced brisket on a plate with sauce.
    Slice thin for best tenderness. Pour the remaining sauce over the meat and serve.