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How to Corn Your Own Beef (For Corned Beef Recipes)

March 30, 2017

How to Corn Your Own Beef (For Corned Beef Recipes)

Corned beef is delicious: it has a very different flavor than regular beef, and goes great with sauerkraut.

It's also featured in a lot of Irish recipes, like those traditionally used around St. Patrick's Day! But what if it's not St. Patrick's Day any time soon and you have got that craving?

It can be difficult to find corned beef in the store year-round but fortunately it's really easy to make at home, and it makes more affordable roast cuts of meats tender and delicious every time!

Corning beef is very similar to brining poultry, with similar flavor and texture benefits.

It changes the flavor of the meat quite a bit, so it helps to mix things up a little if you are getting bored with your current meal plan.

You can add different ingredients and find what you like best, but a basic recipe (with a few variation ideas) is below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Beef roast, any type
  • Purified water to cover in a bowl or other container
  • 1 cup non-iodized salt (kosher or sea salt work)
  • Seasoning blend (I like this one)
  • A few garlic cloves
  • A few pinches of brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Place the beef roast in the bowl or container and cover with purified water
  2. Add salt and stir it around to dissolve
  3. Add spices and garlic cloves
  4. Leave in the refrigerator for 2-5 days
  5. Cook as usual

Variations:

You can change up the flavor profile by changing the sweetener (use molasses or maple syrup instead of brown sugar) and changing out the seasoning blend or not using one.

 


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