do you put mustard on corned beef

A tender and juicy baked corned beef with a sticky mustard glaze has always been my preference on Saint Patrick’s Day over the traditional boiled method. This method yields a perfectly cooked corned beef that is perfect for slicing thin for sandwiches or eating as part of a traditional corned beef dinner.

Why this recipe is so awesome

Here in the U.S. we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some corned beef and cabbage. This is ironic considering that beef was not readily available in Ireland and was considered a luxury item. The traditional Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day was usually lamb or pork.

When I first tried making corned beef, I followed the directions on the package and slowly boiled it. It seemed good enough. I really didn’t know what I was doing, being a new wife.

Boiling the corned beef is how the Irish Americans first prepared this dish, too. Since this is a tough cut of meat, you have to cook it low and slow so it will yield tender and juicy.

do you put mustard on corned beef

I was never a fan of boiled meat, whether in a pot over the stove or in a slow-cooker. I figured there had to be another way to prepare corned beef without boiling it.

Then I found a recipe for baked corned beef and my curiosity was piqued. It made so much more sense to oven bake a brisket than to boil it. So I tried it myself. It is now favorite way to enjoy corned beef.

I have altered it to my family’s liking and sharing my version below. I omitted cloves from the original recipe because no one in my family likes cloves. I also modified the mustard topping to my personal taste.

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do you put mustard on corned beef

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  • Corned beef brisket: I prefer the brisket cut as it is much more tender and juicy than the other cuts. But you can use this method with other cuts of corned beef.
  • Mustards: I use two mustard combinations, honey mustard and whole grain dijon mustard. You can use any kind of mustard you like. Just choose something that has depth of flavor beyond the standard yellow mustard.
  • Brown sugar: You can use light or dark brown sugar.

do you put mustard on corned beef

1. Drain liquid from corned beef package and pat dry with paper towels. (Optional) If salt is an issue for you, place your corned beef in a pot fat side up and cover with water. Once the water comes to a boil, remove from heat, discard the water and continue with the rest of the recipe. I personally do not boil my corned beef before roasting and just give it a quick rinse and pat dry.

2. Lay corned beef, fat side up, on a large piece of heavy duty, wide, aluminum foil. Evenly sprinkle peppercorns from package over corned beef (optional).

do you put mustard on corned beef

3. In a small bowl, whisk together mustards. Spread half of the mustard mixture over the top of the corned beef. Reserve remaining mustard. Sprinkle brown sugar over the mustard covered corned beef.

do you put mustard on corned beef

4. Wrap the corned beef with foil so that space is left on top between the corned beef and the foil. Place foil-wrapped corned beef in a shallow roasting pan and bake at 350ºF for 2 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 195º F (90º C).

do you put mustard on corned beef

5. Open the foil wrapping and broil for 2-3 minutes, until the top is bubbly and lightly browned.

do you put mustard on corned beef

6. Let corned beef rest for 5 to 10 minutes, then place on cutting board and cut at a diagonal, across the grain of the meat, into ½-inch thick slices. Serve with reserved mustard on the side.

do you put mustard on corned beef

Recipe tips and FAQs

Honestly, my whole family loves this dish so much and usually we eat it up with zero leftovers. This is now my go-to recipe whenever we have a corned beef hankering!

But just in case you do have leftovers, you can always make up some delicious sandwiches. But my family love my corned beef mac and cheese or set it up as appetizer/snack like this corned beef bruschetta.

The beef gets cured using large grains of rock salt, aka “corns” of salt. The beef sits in this brine giving corned beef its distinctive pink color. This curing process helps tenderize a normally tough cut of meat.

If salt is an issue for you, place your brisket in a pot fat side up and cover with water. Once the water comes to a boil, remove from heat, discard the water then bake as recipe directs. But I personally do not boil the meat before roasting it. It is not necessary but is dependent on your own personal taste.

do you put mustard on corned beef

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Sauce for Corned Beef

  • Corned beef brisket
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Yellow mustard
  • Spicy mustard

If I am planning on using this I do not use the spice packet that comes in the bag. One or the other is best, not both.

AND this meat is not just for March 17 St Patrick’s Day, it is way too good to just have it once a year I tell you!

Time needed: 5 minutes

Mustard for Corned Beef

  • Mix ingredients Add all items into a large measuring cup. Use a fork or whisk to mix ingredients together until it is as smooth as possible.
  • Cook Depending on your method of cooking, you can pour on top an hour or so before your meat is done or serve on the side. You could do both too if you made a double batch.

And then you get to taste the amazement!

do you put mustard on corned beef

As I said we have made this meat many different ways. Another favorite is our dutch oven corned beef and cabbage recipe, or corned beef in a Crockpot.

I think this is because you can add all the carrots and potatoes you want and slow cook it until it falls apart. I would suggest using beer instead of water too because it adds a lot of flavor!

Try it on our Instant Pot brisket too and see if you like it on other cuts.

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do you put mustard on corned beef

Nutritional information is included in the printable recipe below for you. If you want to double it you’d just need to add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and twice the amount of all the other ingredients too.

Looking for other yummy sauces to serve beyond St. Patrick’s Day? Try our homemade fry sauce or bang bang shrimp sauce recipes!

do you put mustard on corned beef

A tender and juicy baked corned beef with a sticky mustard glaze has always been my preference on Saint Patrick’s Day over the traditional boiled method. This method yields a perfectly cooked corned beef that is perfect for slicing thin for sandwiches or eating as part of a traditional corned beef dinner.

FAQ

What is the secret to best corned beef?

Because corned beef comes from brisket, a tough cut of meat. You need its connective tissue to break down so you can have tender results. Some like to braise their corned beef in an all-water liquid, with various spices and salt; others add beer to the mix to further tenderize the meat.

What tastes good with corned beef?

The top five accompaniments that pair excellently with corned beef include cabbage, often boiled or sautéed for a traditional touch; potatoes, in forms like boiled, mashed, or roasted; carrots, typically boiled alongside the meat; and sauces like tangy mustard or sharp horseradish to enhance the savory richness of the …

What makes corned beef taste better?

To add some flavor to your boiled corned beef, add some vegetables, such as carrots, onions and potatoes, to the pot. These vegetables not only add flavor but also make for a well-rounded meal. You can add some herbs and spices, such as a bay leaf, garlic and peppercorns, to the water for extra flavor.

What kind of mustard for corned beef sandwich?

Classic deli sandwiches often include boldly-flavored meats such as roast or corned beef or salty ham, and for that reason, spicy brown mustard is the best choice for these deli creations.

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