Corned Beef and Cabbage Question

Discussion in 'Beef' started by dougmays, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    hey all,

    i've never done CB and question is can i just use a brisket or does it have to be "corned", and if so what does "corned" mean? cured?
  2. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Corned beef is beef that has been cured or pickled... The word corned comes from the of corns of salt used to dry cure the briskets back before refrigeration

  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Corned beef is on sale all over the place this time of year.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    This is a recipe I have used. It is my twist on Alton Browns recipe. It is pretty good stuff!...JJ

       Corned Beef and Cabbage    

    • 3 to 4 pound Corned-Beef Brisket*
    • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground Black Pepper
    • 1 teaspoon ground Allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground Coriander
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground Clove
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon dry Thyme, 3-4 sprigs Fresh
    • 2 Bay Leaves
    • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
    • 1/2 pound Carrots, approximately 4 small, cut in 2-3 inch pieces
    • 1 pound  Onions, approximately 4 small, peeled and halved root end attached
    • 3 pound Potatoes, approximately 8 medium,  peeled and halved
    • 1/4 pound celery, approximately 2 stalks, cut in 2-3 inch pieces
    • 1 small head cabbage, approximately 2 pounds, cut in 6 wedges


    * Note: Brisket should be Cured, but not cooked.

    Place the corned beef, spices, herbs and salt into a large 8 quart pot along with 3 quarts of water. Cover and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to low and cook, at a low simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

    After 2 1/2 hours add the carrots, onions, celery and cabbage. Return to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the potatoes and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the cabbage and potatoes are tender. Remove the bay leaves and serve immediately with Plenty of Butter for the Vegetables. ( Hey this is once a Year! )

    Drain any leftovers well, cut into chunks and pan fry in bacon grease or butter until crisp for an awesome hash.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2012
  5. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    thanks guys! i think i'm going to give this a try this  year! maybe adding some smokeyness to it

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