Recipe: How to cook Corned Beef at home

Corned Beef
Corned Beef

What is corned beef

Corned beef is a beef that have been salted and sometimes spices and sugar are added when is said to be salt-cured.

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Requirements for making corned beef

  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 2 quarts water
  3. 2 tablespoons saltpeter
  4. 1 cup kosher salt
  5. 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  6. 2 tablespoons saltpeter
  7. 1 cinnamon stick, broken into several pieces
  8. 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  9. 8 whole cloves
  10. 8 whole allspice berries
  11. 12 whole juniper berries
  12. 2 bay leaves, crumbled
  13. 1 (4 to 5 pound) beef brisket, trimmed
  14. 1 small onion, quartered
  15. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  16. 2 pounds ice
  17. 1 (4 to 5 pound) beef brisket, trimmed
  18. 1 small onion, quartered
  19. 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped

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Add the water to the pot along with juniper berries, bay leaves and ginger, saltpeter, cinnamon stick, with salt, sugar, mustard seeds, peppercorns, cloves and allspice.

Cook the mixture under good heat until all the sugar and salt dissolves, then remove from the heat source and then add the ice. Stir until the ice is all melted then place inside the refrigerator then wait until the temperature is at 45 degrees.

When it is cool to 45 degrees place the brisket in 2 gallon zip and add the brine, seal and place it flat on a container then cover and place inside the refrigerator for around ten days and check daily and stir the brine.

After ten days remove the brine from the refrigerator and rinse under a cool water, in a pot that’s large enough place the brisket the add the onion, carrot and celery and ad just a little water. Set over a high heat until it boils then reduce the heat lo a low one cover with a lid and allow to simmer gently for around three hours until the meat is tender, then remove from the heat and slice the grain.

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Corned beef sandwich is when the corned beef is prepared with vegetables.


  • For the corned beef 1 package corned beef brisket (3 to 4 lbs.)
  • For the sandwich:
  • 1/3 c. mustard
  • 8 slices marbled rye sandwich bread
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 c. thinly sliced red cabbage

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