Alton Brown's From-Scratch Corned Beef

Main Course

Recipe courtesy of The Food Network

Serves 6 to 8

  • 2 quarts water
    1 cup kosher salt
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons saltpeter
    1 cinnamon stick, broken into several pieces
    1 teaspoon mustard seeds
    1 teaspoon black peppercorns
    8 whole cloves
    8 whole allspice berries
    12 whole juniper berries
    2 bay leaves, crumbled
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    2 pounds ice
    1 (4 to 5 pound) beef brisket, trimmed
    1 small onion, quartered
    1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
    1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

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Alton Brown's Corned Beef

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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 45 degrees F. 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.

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.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2007

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