Ultimate Glazed Corned Beef: Part III of a St. Patrick’s Day Feast!

I know I promised to deliver this recipe, but I have a good reason for pushing if off until today and it only requires one sentence of explanation.  I have five kids and they all had a 24 hour stomach bug.  Oh yeah.  I think that says it all, right?

Today, however, the sun is shining, the temperature is mild for March, and the kids are all better and all playing outside.  So, let’s get our corned beef on, shall we?

When I said that this corned beef is the be all and end all I meant it.  I always loved corned beef and it was one of my three cheat foods when I had my many-years vegetarian stint (along with Kielbasa and HAM, oh sweet ham. What a way to go…) A good old fashioned boiled corned beef is nothing to sniff at, but a few years ago I started glazing my corned beef after reading ‘The Good Stuff Cookbook’.  I had made her Golden Crunchy Pickled Onion Rings and read the directions for using the leftover syrup to glaze a corned beef.  Lo and behold, I found a semi-eaten jar of the onions in the fridge while preparing our St. Paddy’s feast and decided to give it a go.  From the moment we sunk our teeth into that brisket there was no going back. Whatever alchemy this process performs turns it a vibrant pinkish red on the inside with a sweet and sour crackling crisp crust on the outside.  It is truly the ultimate corned beef.

But I wax rhapsodic again and my kids are desperate for someone to fling them around the yard on a huge wagon.  Don’ t ask.

Just make this corned beef.  I’ll look forward to getting your feedback on the recipe!  In case I haven’t mentioned it enough, I love hearing about how you all do with the recipes you try here.  You.  Complete.  Me.

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Ultimate Glazed Corned Beef

Inspired by Helen Witty’s, “Good Stuff Cookbook”

Ingredients:

  • 1 corned beef brisket (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons pickling spices
  • 1 cup brown sugar, dark or light
  • 1/2 cup pickled onion ring syrup (or sweet pickle brine or bread and butter pickle syrup)

Remove corned beef from packaging and rinse in clean water.

Rinse!  My corned beef didn't come with spices, but the packets they stick in there seldom have enough in them anyway.

Rinse! My corned beef didn’t come with spices, but the packets they stick in there seldom have enough in them anyway.

Place in a large stockpot and cover with cool water by 3 inches.

cornedbeef2

Add pickling spices and place pan over medium high heat, uncovered.

I get my pickling spice in bulk at a local Mennonite store.  The stuff in the little red-lidded jars will stand in just fine here...

I get my pickling spice in bulk at a local Mennonite store. The stuff in the little red-lidded jars will stand in just fine here…

Doesn't that look fun?  I wouldn't mind throwing some pickling spice in a hot tub and soaking in it.  It might be a bear to clean up, though...

Doesn’t that look fun? I love the way pickling spice smells. I wouldn’t mind throwing some in a hot bath and soaking in it. It might be a bear to clean up, though…

Bring to a boil and skim off any scum that rises to the surface.  Lower heat to a simmer and allow to simmer, uncovered for at least 3 hours or until the brisket is fork tender.

Corned beef takes on an unappetizing grey color while simmering.  Ignore that.  You'll remedy it with the glaze.

Corned beef takes on an unappetizing grey color while simmering. Ignore that. You’ll remedy it with the glaze.

This may take longer depending on your cut of beef.  Just plan ahead as this part can be done well before the meal is served.  If you are boiling the brisket up to two days ahead of time, just remove the meat from water when cooking is complete, wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate until about an hour before serving. Remove chilled from fridge, allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes and then proceed with the recipe.

Preheat oven to 450°F with a rack positioned in the center.  Place brisket on a roasting dish, fat side up.  Drizzle the onion syrup (or pickle syrup) over the top.  Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the surface, patting lightly to help it adhere.

Brown sugar.  How come you taste so good?

Brown sugar. How come you taste so good? Er, I just noticed for the first time ever how creepy those lyrics are. Excuse me.

Place pan in the oven and bake, basting occasionally with the pan drippings or additional pickle syrup, until the coating has bubbled into a crust.  This should take between 15 minutes and 25 minutes, depending on your oven and how crispy you want the crust.  We like ours flecked with little charred areas.

This is perfection in a corned beef brisket.  I was going to play Henry VIII and eat this with my hands, but the kids were looking.

This is perfection in a corned beef brisket. I was going to play Henry VIII and eat this with my hands, but the kids were looking.

Let the beef rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

Ain't it perty?  Good enough to make your tongue slap your brain silly.

This beef will rock your world.  It is fantastic hot and superb cold on sandwiches (or simply snuck from the fridge at midnight.)  Store leftovers tightly wrapped in the fridge.

Oh… and it makes killer reubens.

…and corned beef hash.

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Comments

  1. Da Poppa says:

    Oooooooohhhhh that looks so good!

  2. Da Poppa- You know where to go to get some! How long will it take you to get here? About 12 hours?

  3. If I were to make this the day before a party, do you think it would reheat well to serve? How would you recommend I reheat it? Would reheating ruin the glaze?

    Thanks!

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