can you braise corned beef

“Corning” results in intensely flavorful, super tender meat. In this recipe, the corned beef brisket is seared in a hot skillet and then braised all day with garlic and onions for a melt-in-your-mouth texture and perfect flavor.

Braised Corned Beef is made tender and flavorful with beef broth and onions. It’s an easy, hassle-free meal that’s sure to be a hit on St. Patrick’s Day!

When it comes to the perfect Dinner Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day, you can’t beat Corned Beef. The key to a fork-tender corn beef is cooking it low and slow so that it has time to absorb all the juice around it. That’s why Slow Cooker Corned Beef turns out so well, but this Oven Braised Corned Beef is just as delicious and easy.

For the perfect St. Patrick’s Day serve up your Corned Beef Dinner with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Cabbage. It’s the perfect way to complement this iconic Irish dish.

While Corned Beef did originate in Ireland, it wasn’t always the traditional meal to celebrate St. Patrick’s. That tradition actually started with Irish-American immigrants. Most likely because it was a fairly inexpensive recipe for them to make. Now, for most of us, St. Patrick’s Day just wouldn’t feel right without a classic Corned Beef recipe.

Braising meat is an easy way to make it melt-in-your-mouth tender. To braise meat, you start by searing it in oil until the outside caramelizes. After searing, the beef is simmered slowly in cooking liquids like broth, wine, beer, or cider. The slow cooking time breaks down tough meat and adds flavor throughout the dish while searing ahead of time gives it a nice, crisp outer edge. It’s an easy way to make even the toughest cuts of meat tender and juicy.

Choosing a Beer For the Braising Liquid

I typically use Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery‘s organic lager from Tadcaster, England in this recipe. One of the sales associates at my local liquor store recommended I give it a try, and it doesn’t disappoint in the glass, or in a braise. It’s a fresh, crisp, and lightly floral lager that enhances the corned beef without overpowering.

In general, look for a golden lager that isn’t too hops-assertive. The flavor of whatever you use will concentrate a bit during the braising process, so you’ll want to choose a beer that will infuse flavor into the meat without too much bitterness.

can you braise corned beef

Commercially, most standard lagers work well. In a similar theme, I’ve used Sam Adams Boston Lager a few times to make my Instant Pot Corned Beef, with good results.

Since I love stout-braised meats, we tried using Guinness one year. Everyone at the table found the flavor to be a bit overpowering. I decided that I prefer to save the stout for a glass when I’m eating my corned beef, rather than using it for cooking this particular recipe.

can you braise corned beef

If you’re looking to dress up the traditional corned beef dinner a bit, a glaze is a nice finishing touch. The brown sugar brings a touch of sweetness to the salty meat, contrasting the bite of the mustard and whiskey well. I like to use a mix of smooth and whole grain Dijon mustard for a little bit of texture.

Glazing the corned beef couldn’t be easier–just brush it onto the brisket after it’s braised and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes, until caramelized. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn!

If the sweet element isn’t something you enjoy, or if you’re making the corned beef specifically for something like a reuben sandwich, the glazing can be skipped entirely. Beer braised corned beef is thoroughly delicious on its own.

can you braise corned beef

Beer Braised Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

When shopping for a corned beef (brine-cured beef brisket), I prefer to use the leaner “flat cut” for this recipe. While the “point cut” is thicker and has more marbling (which, of course, I love), I find that the uniformity of the flat cut is easier to glaze and slice with this preparation.

That said, you can absolutely make this with a point cut brisket if you prefer.

Most corned beef briskets will have a seasoning packet included, which you can add to the beer braising liquid. If not, pick up a jar of pickling spice, which is readily available in grocery stores or online.

Alternatively, if you’ve never “corned” a beef brisket yourself, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s a multi-day process, but the flavor and texture of the beef are incredible.

I first discovered the process in Michael Ruhlman’s book, Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing (unsolicited plug for one of my favorite “cooking project” books on my shelf). Ruhlman has also shared a tutorial on his website.

can you braise corned beef

When it comes to the perfect Dinner Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day, you can’t beat Corned Beef. The key to a fork-tender corn beef is cooking it low and slow so that it has time to absorb all the juice around it. That’s why Slow Cooker Corned Beef turns out so well, but this Oven Braised Corned Beef is just as delicious and easy.

Braising meat is an easy way to make it melt-in-your-mouth tender. To braise meat, you start by searing it in oil until the outside caramelizes. After searing, the beef is simmered slowly in cooking liquids like broth, wine, beer, or cider. The slow cooking time breaks down tough meat and adds flavor throughout the dish while searing ahead of time gives it a nice, crisp outer edge. It’s an easy way to make even the toughest cuts of meat tender and juicy.

While Corned Beef did originate in Ireland, it wasn’t always the traditional meal to celebrate St. Patrick’s. That tradition actually started with Irish-American immigrants. Most likely because it was a fairly inexpensive recipe for them to make. Now, for most of us, St. Patrick’s Day just wouldn’t feel right without a classic Corned Beef recipe.

Braised Corned Beef is made tender and flavorful with beef broth and onions. It’s an easy, hassle-free meal that’s sure to be a hit on St. Patrick’s Day!

For the perfect St. Patrick’s Day serve up your Corned Beef Dinner with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Cabbage. It’s the perfect way to complement this iconic Irish dish.

“Corning” results in intensely flavorful, super tender meat. In this recipe, the corned beef brisket is seared in a hot skillet and then braised all day with garlic and onions for a melt-in-your-mouth texture and perfect flavor.

FAQ

What is the most tender way to cook corned beef?

Slow Cooking Slow cooker cooking is a popular and effortless way to cook corned beef that results in tender and succulent meat. The slow cooker, or crock pot, lets you cook food over a long period. This lets the meat absorb the flavors of the cooking liquid and spices.

Does corned beef get softer the longer you cook it?

Information. Corned beef is made from one of several less tender cuts of beef like the brisket, rump, or round. Therefore, it requires long, moist cooking. Corned beef is safe once the internal temperature has reached at least 145 °F, with a three minute rest time, but cooking it longer will make it fork-tender.

Is it better to simmer or bake corned beef?

Should You Boil or Bake Corned Beef? Really, it’s up to you. Both methods create a juicy, tender corned beef when done properly. Traditional recipes, like our corned beef and cabbage or glazed corned beef, call for simmering corned beef in spiced water for about three hours.

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