Corned Beef in a Clay Cooker

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

The flavors in this recipe are delicious and the meat is fall-apart tender. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Featured in Clay Cookery by The Editors of Consumer Guide


  1. Soak the top and bottom of clay pot (brand I use is Romertopf, size is # 111) in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain.
  2. Rinse corned beef with cold water. Place meat in deep kettle; add water to cover. Heat to boiling; drain. Place meat, fat side up, in clay pot, add 2 cups water.
  3. Place covered clay pot in cold oven. Set oven to 425°F Bake until corned beef is tender, about 2 hours. Pour off and discard cooking liquid.
  4. Grate lemon rind; squeeze and reserve lemon juice. Mix brown sugar, bread crumbs, mustard and lemon rind. Stud top of corned beef with cloves. Pat brown sugar mixture over top of brisket. Mix lemon juice and sherry. Drizzle half the mixture over corned beef.
  5. Bake covered 30 minutes. Drizzle with remaining sherry mixture. Bake uncovered until topping is browned, 10--15 minutes. Cut corned beef into thin slices. Spoon cooking liquid over slices.
Most Helpful

I used this method (slightly amended for the topping ingredients) with superb results. I found it after reading Simply Recipes method for baking corned beef. I did not want to bake corned beef per se, but wanted to use the Clay Cooker. I researched and found this recipe/method. Thank you for posting it. I would highly recommend to any to try this method. The corned beef was spectacular. Succulent with a lovely crust from the final uncovered baking. I will never go back to the boiled method. Also sauteed the cabbage separately with some of the corned beef liquor.

Leisa-va March 10, 2016

Simply outstanding! Made with a slightly smaller clay cooker but turned out great!

drbethie March 18, 2010