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Old 03-04-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Corned Beef Brisket?

I have not had good luck with a couple large briskets I've tried, so I thought I would back up and try something small. I have a small corned beef brisket and I'm looking for ideas and thoughts on cooking it. I did look in the recipe section and did not see much. Once done I'm hoping to slice it thin and make a great Ruben. Thanks for any thoughts.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:29 PM   #2
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

Soak and rinse well. Apply mustard and black pepper and corriander and smoke away.
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

Soak it like Nick said. I would do 2 hours minimum changing the water at least once. Do a search and you can make pastrami out of it if you desire. I used this recipe and it turned out pretty good.
http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/cornedbeef.html

Try this method on your next brisket, its almost fool proof.
http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showthre ... ket-Method
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

Inquiring minds want to know .... Once I smoke the corned beef it becomes pastrami? If I just wanted corned beef I would prepare it differently?
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

Smoking it with the addition of pepper, coriander and garlic makes it a pastrami. If you want corned beef don't add any seasoning. If you are going to smoke it you still need to soak it in water to leech some of the salt solution out.
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

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Smoking it with the addition of pepper, coriander and garlic makes it a pastrami. If you want corned beef don't add any seasoning. If you are going to smoke it you still need to soak it in water to leech some of the salt solution out.

Thanks John, I think I'll follow the VWB recommendation you suggested.
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

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You asking about taking a raw brisket and corn curing it, or a commercial corned beef and smoking it into pastrami?

Check out this thread.
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Inquiring minds want to know .... Once I smoke the corned beef it becomes pastrami? If I just wanted corned beef I would prepare it differently?

If you want to keep the corned beef, after you smoke it, take it off the smoker and coat it in a honey mustard glaze. Crank the heat up a bit on your smoker and throw it back on to set the glaze, kinda like with ribs. Man you will have some good eats there!
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

You can also get it happy with some smoke for a few hours and then finish it in a roaster steamed in the tradtional method.
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Buzz

You asking about taking a raw brisket and corn curing it, or a commercial corned beef and smoking it into pastrami?

Check out this thread.
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Thanks for the link Griff, but I am not going to be that energetic, this one is a commercial corned beef and I think for this one I'm keeping it corned beef. Not doing it 'till next week, maybe I should go get another and try one pastrami and one corned beef? I assume the stores have plenty at a good price because of St. Patrick's Day.

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If you want to keep the corned beef, after you smoke it, take it off the smoker and coat it in a honey mustard glaze. Crank the heat up a bit on your smoker and throw it back on to set the glaze, kinda like with ribs. Man you will have some good eats there!
I think this is what I want to do for my first time. Any thoughts on the honey mustard glaze?
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

Make sure it is a corned beef FLAT, don't get the point! I bought a flat and a point from Skylark(iirc) yrs ago and the flat was great, smoked. The point was so tough the dog wouldn't even eat it. Tried it again, same results. Probably the worst results I've ever had, and I suck at cook'n/smoke'n.

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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

Big Al I'm guessing maybe the point wasn't done enough. I use whole briskets and haven't had any problems with the points...The point makes a killer corned beef hash.
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

When the flats done the point still has a ways to go!
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

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If you want to keep the corned beef, after you smoke it, take it off the smoker and coat it in a honey mustard glaze. Crank the heat up a bit on your smoker and throw it back on to set the glaze, kinda like with ribs. Man you will have some good eats there!
I think this is what I want to do for my first time. Any thoughts on the honey mustard glaze?

Try this
Honey Mustard Glaze

1 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Butter
3 TBS Dark Corn Syrup
3/4 tsp dry mustard
2 TBS Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Whole Garlic Cloves
Combine all ingredients in pan. Cook over medium heat and bring to a full boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and cook one minute.
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

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If you want to keep the corned beef, after you smoke it, take it off the smoker and coat it in a honey mustard glaze. Crank the heat up a bit on your smoker and throw it back on to set the glaze, kinda like with ribs. Man you will have some good eats there!
I think this is what I want to do for my first time. Any thoughts on the honey mustard glaze?

Try this
Honey Mustard Glaze

1 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Butter
3 TBS Dark Corn Syrup
3/4 tsp dry mustard
2 TBS Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Whole Garlic Cloves
Combine all ingredients in pan. Cook over medium heat and bring to a full boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and cook one minute.[/quote:10d15wrm]

Thanks Nick ... off to the store
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Big Al I'm guessing maybe the point wasn't done enough. I use whole briskets and haven't had any problems with the points...The point makes a killer corned beef hash.
Probably. I've never had hash, on the "to do" list though.

I'm also not a fan of the point anyway. IMHO it's only good for burnt ends.
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

if you get a full brisket seperate the flat from the point before going in so that you dont have one ready when other is still smoking.
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Big Al I'm guessing maybe the point wasn't done enough. I use whole briskets and haven't had any problems with the points...The point makes a killer corned beef hash.
Probably. I've never had hash, on the "to do" list though.

I'm also not a fan of the point anyway. IMHO it's only good for burnt ends.
Oh yeah the point is only good for Burnt Ends...to me those are the best part of a brisket cook
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Re: Corned Beef Brisket?

I think there was some subliminal message in TimBear's post early in February, "Smoked Corned Beef on a Beautiful Saturday," and
since then I've been thinking of a Reuben Sandwich. When I was at Meijer's and saw a case full of Corned Beef Briskets I knew it was time.



With some great advice from a number of Centerlites I was off to smokin' a corned beef brisket. Thank you one and all.
Rinsed it for two hours, draining the water off every 30 minutes.



Off to the WSM.



It actually took far longer than I thought 6+ hours, it got to 165° and would not move so I wrapped it after 5 hours.
At 195° it was like butter, so I opened the vents, took out the water pan let it heat up, ended up getting the WSM to 350° and
glazed it with the sauce Nick suggested.



All glazed up.



Getting ready to slice.



Sliced pretty thin.



It really looked and tasted great. Much better than my first two attemptes at a full sized packers.



And the sandwich I had been waiting for.



It was so good I went back to Meijer's and got 4 more to smoke and then use the Food Saver to save for later. Thanks again one and all for all the great suggestions.
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