Corned Beef Recipe

Growing up in Chandler, AZ, I didn’t have the experience of traditional seasonal changes.  Most of the trees stay green year-round.  We never had to shovel snow.  My winter wardrobe consisted of a jacket…. Being raised in such an incredible place, but lacking the normal season, gave every holiday much more meaning.  Some of my fondest childhood memories were centered around holidays.  St Patricks day was always one of my favorites.  I always made sure to wear green so I didn’t get an unexpected pinch.  A funny green hat was standard attire.  Delicious corned beef and cabbage was always on the menu. How could it get any better?  How about your own corned beef and cabbage recipe?  This recipe, by far, is my favorite.  Created by Molly Watson, local food expert with, this recipe is sure to bring the festive St Patty’s Day into your home.

If you don’t feel like cooking, here’s a link to the Downtown Chandler St Patrick’s Day Festival.

Corned Beef Recipe

  • 1 brisket (about 5 pounds)

  • 12 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) fine sea salt

  • 1/2 cup sugar or brown sugar

  • 1 ounce (about 5 teaspoons) pink salt

  • 4 cloves garlic, divided

  • 1 recipe Pickling Spice, divided

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 stalks celery

  • 1 onion

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes

  • Cook Time: 180 minutes

  • Total Time: 200 minutes

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

  1. Rinse off the brisket and pat it dry. Trim off any excess fat from the meat, if you like. Set the brisket aside.

  2. In a medium pot, bring the salt, sugar, pink salt, 1/2 of the Pickling Spice, and 4 cups water to a boil. While it heats, mince 3 cloves of the garlic and add that to the pot, too.Once the mixture boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and stir the mixture until the salts and sugar fully dissolve. Transfer the mixture to a bowl or pot large enough to hold the brisket but small enough to fit in the fridge and add 12 cups of cold water.Let the mixture fully cool and submerge the brisket in the brine. Use a plate or other kitchenware to weigh down the brisket so it stays under the brine. Cover the vessel with plastic wrap, chill, and let the brisket cure in the brine for at least 5 days and up to 10 days. You can check on it, if you like, but there really isn’t any reason to – just let it sit and have the brine work its magic on the beef. This is the “corning” part of corned beef.

  3. When you’re ready to cook it, lift the brisket out the brine (you can discard the brine) and rinse it thoroughly with cool running water. Put the brisket in a pot and cover it with water. Add the remaining 1/2 Pickling Spice and bring to a boil.

  4. While the water comes to a boil, clean and trim the carrots and celery stalks and add them to the pot. Peel and quarter the onion and add it. Mince the remaining clove of garlic and add that. After it boils, partially cover and reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer. Cook the brisket, more or less undisturbed, until it is fully tender – you’re gong to want to eat it with a fork, so when you pierce the brisket with a fork you should be able to do so very easily – between 3 and 4 hours.

  5. When the brisket is done, transfer it to a cutting board. (The liquid you cooked it in will now be a delicious, although mighty salty broth. I find it too salty and intense to use as a base for soup but just about perfect for boiling potatoes in.) You can cover it to keep it warm while you finish other elements of the meal. When ready to eat, slice the corned beef against the grain (the short way across the brisket) and serve hot or warm. For sandwiches or to slice the corned beef thinly, let it come to room temperature and then chill.

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