By HeatherFeather on February 25, 2002
Photo by Pam-I-Am
Photo by Pam-I-Am
"This is our traditional St. Patrick's Day meal. I have served this sweet, spiced version of corned beef ever since I first tried it years ago. Not the healthiest meal, but worth it for just that one special holiday each year. I serve this with soda bread, mashed parsnips, and boiled cabbage. This serves 4-6. If you prefer, you can sub mini red skinned potatoes and baby carrots so you don't need to do any cutting, just use more of them. Adapted from a Killian's recipe."
Serving Size: 1 (228 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"I am somewhat embarassed to say that I have never in my life eaten corned beef. This is what I made for our St. Patrick's Day family get-together and boy, have I been missing out. In preparation, I sent my husband out to get the red Irish ale. You are right, that is a very key ingredient. I followed your directions to the letter and I made extra spice rub just for the carrots and potatoes. That is definitely the way to go. The meat was so tender, you could cut it with a fork. The red color was beautiful and impressive. The spice rub had a delicious sweet and spicy flavor. I served it with cabbage and soda bread. So, this is the first St. Patrick's Day that I have made actual Irish cuisine. We loved it and thanks for your most excellent recipe."
"Boiling the day before made all the difference for me. We went out for an Irish breakfast and a stout, came home finished the meat and vegetables in less than an hour. Took it to a party for 20 and there wasn't a bite left. I had to make it 3 more times that week, and everyone said it was the best they've ever tasted. It was true that it didn't matter on the size of the meat when baking,it was already cooked. We even left it all in the oven on low for an extra hour. Since it wasn't sitting in all that juice, the veggies didn't get mussy. I'll never JUST boil my corned beef again!!!"
"This is a great recipe. The corned beef is so tender it shreds with a touch. The meat when cut was a beautiful red, due I am sure to the ale, which was enjoyed alone as well. The rub was a nice sweet to the saltness of corned beef. We really enjoyed this meal!"
"Perfect! Tender and I loved the topping. I will def. make it this way again. I'm also going to use the topping for other dishes I prepare. I served with potatoes and cabbage fried w/ butter, salt and pepper, and Irish soda bread. I loved it,, and theres none left (made 2 corned beefs to.)!! Thank you for posting."
"I wish I had eaten this after the boiling phase. I stole a small slice before adding the rub and loved it! I wasn't as happy after baking it with the rub. I guess I just don't like meats with sweet glazes, as I thought it really overpowered the delicious flavor of the meat. I will definitely use your recipe for the boiling liquid from now on, however. Thanks for posting. "
"Made this for St. Paddy's , but when else do you make it? Smelled heavenly, had the neighbors sniffing around my door! This is the first Corned beef I've made in my married life as we were married ON St Paddy's day! Came out great, I left out the veggies (exc onion) as I was making lots of side veggies, I used Moylans Red Ale as I couldn't find Killians. The rub went over great, the only request was that I had used more of it. :) Thanks!"
"My wife and I loved this dish! We even made boiled cabbage and added the dry rub on that. We almost at a whole 2 pound corned beef between the two of us! The flavor the dry rub added was awesome!"
"OMG - I always cook this for my hubby but I don't like it. This recipe is so wonderful I just can't stand it. Everybody just raved about it. Thankx so much for posting it I'll never cook another corned beef any other way!!!!!"
"We wanted to love this, but it turned out entirely too sweet for our tastes. My husband says he hates when meat tastes like it's trying to be dessert. The texture was nice though. It was a good try."
"This was my first time making corned beef (I had only ever had the canned stuff before), and it was well worth the effort! I boiled it for less time than suggested (about 3 hours), but it was still tender and delicious. I served it with colcannon, and so omitted the carrots and potatoes. The rub was a tad sweet for me, but otherwise we loved it. Thanks for sharing!"
"I made this last year and it was fantastic. Don't change a thing. You won't be disappointed."
"I have been eating plain boiled corned beef and cabbage and it was one of my favorite meals. Now this is my new favorite way! I loved the cloves and brown sugar! I didn't have any ale and used a bottled Coors Lite, seemed pretty good to me. Next time I will splurge for the ale. Thanks!"
"Very yummy! The spices in this dish are unexpectedly different but very good. Everyone really enjoyed it. I did use Killian's Red, took the chef's suggestion and used small red potatoes and baby carrots, and used only the amount of dry rub in the recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe!"
"The long cooking gives the meat a really wonderful texture. The clove in the glaze, however, is so overpowering we had to trim it off. This would be great with a more balanced spice blend."
"Great! I'd never made this before, but my father-in-law, who is a wonderful cook, makes it for DH. I was so glad this measured up! Even the kids gobbled it down and asked for seconds, which is unheard of around here! Loved the use of the crock pot. Thanks!"
"Tender yet, it didn't fall apart when it was carved. The glaze was superb. I cooked the carrots and potatoes in the broth, after the corned beef came out of the crock pot."
"I made this with Bud Light instead of Killians but I did everything else exactly as stated. My boyfriend (who is EXTREMELY picky) took a bite of the meat and looked at me and said "WOW! This is unbelievable!' I guess that says it all. Thanks for the great recipe."
"I am not a big Corned Beef fan, but we have a large St. Patty's party and I tried this and another Corned beef recipe. This recipe was completely finished and people were raving about it. It is now top of the party list. Thanks"
"I made this for St. Patrick's Day this year. The method was similar to how I have done corned beef in the past, finishing it up in the oven. I did reduce the brown sugar by half for the rub and only put it on the meat. It was a really delicious addition to the corned beef. Great flavor. Thanks for posting your family favorite! Pam"