Prep 20 mins
Cook 288 hrs
This is a great Victorian Christmas season dish. The perfect center piece for a cold supper. A round joint of silverside or topside is the best for this kind of dish. The Saltpeter or Quick Cure is a necessary preservative when curing meat and also adds a pleasing red color otherwise the beef will turn out a murky grey.
- 6 lbs joint of beef
- 3 ounces light brown sugar
- 1 ounce black peppercorns
- 1 ounce juniper berries
- 1 ounce allspice berry
- 4 ounces sea salt
- 1⁄4 ounce saltpeter or 1⁄4 ounce morton's tender quick
- Rub the meat all over with the sugar and put it in a pot with a lid for 2 days.
- Leave it in a cool place, turning and rubbing the meat at least 2 times a day with the sticky liquor that develops.
- Crush the peppercorns, juniper berries and allspice with a mortar and pestle and mix with the salt and saltpeter. Rub this mixture well into the meat and leave it in the pot for another 9 days in a very cool place.
- Turn the meat and rub the pickling mixture into the meat daily.
- When the pickling is complete, remove the beef and rub off any excess spices adhering to the surface.
- Do not rinse it.
- Wrap the meat in suet and put into a large ovenproof pot.
- Add about 10 fl oz water, cover the pot with a tight fitting lid.
- Preheat the oven to 275 deg F.
- Bake the meat slowly allowing 45 min per lb.
- When the meat is cooked, remove from the pot and set aside until it is quite cold.
- Unwrap the meat, drain off any excess liquid and place on a board.
- Cover with clean cheese cloth, put a weight on it and leave for at least 24 hrs in a very cold place.
- Carve the meat into thin slices and serve with good mustard or horseradish and pickled onions.