Homemade Corned Beef is simple to make, but takes about a week. The intense flavors and beautiful pink hue are worth the time and wait!

Homemade Corned Beef

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Irish
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 13 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 569 kcal
Author: Jessica Formicola
Homemade Corned Beef is simple to make, but takes about a week. The intense flavors and beautiful pink hue are worth the time and wait!
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Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 4 ounces pink curing salt see notes
  • 4 tablespoons pickling spices
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3-4 pound beef brisket
  • 3-4 carrots cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 1 pound small red potatoes scrubbed
  • 1 sweet onion quartered
  • 12 ounces Guinness stout optional

Instructions

  1. To make the brine, combine water, Kosher salt, pink curing salt, pickling spices and brown sugar in a large stock pot. Bring to a low boil, stirring to make sure the salt and sugar dissolve.
  2. Remove and all to come to room temperture.
  3. In a large plastic container, place cleaned brisket and cover with room temperture brine. Make sure the brisket is fully submerged in brine liquid. You might have too much brine, skim out spices and add to brisket, while discarding any leftover liquid.
  4. Brine for 7-14 days in the refrigerator, making sure it is fully submerged each day.

  5. When ready to cook, remove from brine, reserving pickling spices. Place into a roasting pan and preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  6. Cover with 8 cups water and Guinness stout (optional). Cover with aluminum foil and braise for 1 hour or every pound of brisket.
  7. About 45 minutes before serving, remove brisket from oven. Ladle out 80% of the liquid. Spread vegetables around the brisket and return to the oven, uncovered.
  8. Remove and allow meat to rest for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain. You can return to the juices and toss before serving with vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Corned Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 569 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 37985mg 1583%
Potassium 1341mg 38%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 31g
Protein 49g 98%
Vitamin A 102.3%
Vitamin C 15.2%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.