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Corned Beef

Corned Beef

Make this corned beef at home from fresh beef brisket without all of the additives and preservatives normally found in commercially processed meats. Just make sure to start ahead of time since this needs to cure for 10 days. the results are ell worth the time involved, though!

  • Yield: 4 pounds of corned beef


  • 5 pound beef brisket
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 cups coarse salt
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries
  • 2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 slices of rye sourdough bread
  • 1/4 cup homemade Russian Dressing
  • 1/2 pound sauerkraut
  • Zapps potato chips, for serving (optional)


  • Using a fork, pierce the meat all over. In a mixing bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together until the sugar dissolves. Pour the brine over the meat, cover, and refrigerate for 10 days, making sure that the meat is completely covered by the brining liquid.

  • Remove the meat and rinse thoroughly. Place the meat in a stock pot and cover with water. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer until the meat is fork-tender, about 3 1/2 hours. Remove from the water and set aside until cool, then slice the meat paper thin across the grain.

  • To make a reuben: On both slices of rye sourdough bread, spread the Russian dressing. Layer the meat, cheese and sauerkraut between the bread. Spread butter on both sides of the bread and place on a hot grill, grill pan, or skillet. Cook for 2 mintues on each side. Remove from the heat, slice in half, and place on a plate with the potato chips.

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