Recipe by Chicagoland Chef du Jour
OMG, this rocked my world! Baking is the best way to retain all the flavors of a corned beef. I was raised on boiled corned beef. This by far blows that method "out of the water"! I don't think there is any turning back to the old way after this! This is a combination of recipes that I have previously posted. Corned beef needs to be baked long and at a low temperature in order to break down the connective tissue. *Please note: if your corned beef does not come with a flavor packet there are additional seasonings needed, as notes in step #2 below. I thank my good friend BBQGuru for his inspiration and making me see the light. Sorry I got lazy and had to improvise but it was damned good anyway ;^P. Colleen's Colcannon Potatoes and N .y. C. Irish Soda Bread
Top Review by danabhof
I just tried this tonight and thought it turned out great. I remembered working in a deli as a teenager and we oven roasted the corned beef that was then used for sandwiches. I did make a couple of variations. I removed the fat, added some water to the bottom of the pan and put the corned beef on a rack and then wrapped it up for the whole time. It came out moist, tender and very flavorful. I will do this again, but I would probably soak the brisket in plain water a few hours ahead to remove some of the brining solution before cooking. Thank for the recipe!
- 2 -4 lbs corned beef brisket, retaining the fat layer, do not trim away
- 1 spice flavor packet included with corned beef
- 1⁄2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, dried
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- heavy aluminum foil
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 275°.
- NOTE: 3/14 This will be salty. If you would like to reduce the saltiness of your corned beef before baking, please follow this recipe recommendations recipe#361142.
- NOTE: *If your corned beef does not include a flavor packet add 2 T peppercorns and 1/2 T coriander seeds to the dried seasonings listed above.
- Combine the flavor packet with other dried ingredients. Using a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, grind to desired texture. I prefer medium or med-fine. Set aside.
- Rinse corned beef brisket well with cold water. Pat dry.
- Get out your 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Tear off a large sheet of HEAVY aluminum foil, enough to wrap, tent and enclose the corned beef.
- Place the corned beef on the foil, in a baking dish, fat side up.
- Sprinkle with seasoning mix and pat into the brisket.
- Bring the foil up & around the corned beef, do not close up the foil.
- Bake, unwrapped, for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, wrap the brisket tightly and tenting the foil but sealing it for the remainder of the time, an additional 2 hours. Feel free to check and make sure there is moisture in the foil, re-wrap and continue baking. Approximate baking time is 1 1/5 hours per pound. It may take longer depending on desired level of tenderness.
- Bake to an internal temperature of 185°. Check for tenderness. Continue baking until the brisket is fork tender. It may take additional time depending on the thickness of the brisket.
- Allow the meat to rest before slicing. Cut against the grain.
- I prefer to use an electric knife to get nice thin slices.
- Serve with horseradish, a hearty rye bread, Colleen's Colcanon potatoes, and Irish Soda bread (see suggestions in the intro).