how long to cook 4 lb corned beef

For a two to three-pound corned beef brisket, cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. For a three to five-pound corned beef brisket, cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. STOVE: Place brisket fat-side up in a large pot and cover it with water. Bring the water to a boil; then reduce the heat and simmer, allowing about 1 hour per pound.

If you are looking for the best, easiest way to make baked corned beef, you have come to the right place. For years I couldnt figure out how to make corned beef just the way I liked it to taste, but as it turns out, its really simple: I now know how to cook corned beef in the oven!

Before we get into all the specifics of how to cook corned beef in the oven, lets start with the basics:

What To Serve with Corned Beef

Corned beef only needs the simplest side dishes to make your meal complete. To keep the traditional Irish theme going, serve it with cabbage, colcannon, or mashed potatoes.

What is corned beef?

At the most basic, corned beef is a piece of beef brisket that has been cured in rock ( “corn” ) salt and usually something else that you dont really want to know about, like delicious, delicious nitrates and nitrites.

Look, in seriousness, I dont love nitrates and nitrites either, but once a year … well I make an exception.

Because corned beef is delicious.

how long to cook 4 lb corned beef

Now that you know what corned beef is, lets move on to the how of it all. If youd rather watch how its done, check out this video:

How to Cook Corned Beef

Corned beef should be simmered until it is fork tender. To make corned beef:

  • Place the corned beef a stock pot. Add the spice packet, a bottle of dark beer and enough water to cover the corned beef completely.
  • Bring it to a boil and cover, cooking on a low simmer for 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours. This cooking time will vary depending on the size and shape of the corned beef.
    • Suggested cook time is 45-50 minutes per pound. Ensure it is a low simmer. Check a small piece and ensure it’s tender.
  • Once fork tender, remove the corned beef from the liquid and rest for at least 20 minutes.

While the meat is resting, add the vegetables to the corned beef water and simmer about 25 minutes. The water has tons of delicious flavor perfect for potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Toss them in butter, salt and pepper, and fresh parsley.

IMPORTANT TIP:

Corned Beef must always be cut across the grain. Look at the beef and you can see the direction of the fibers of the meat, you’ll want to cut the opposite way the fibers run for the most tender meat!

Instant Pot Corned Beef: You can also make Instant Pot Corned Beef using the same ingredients. Simply place the corned beef, 1 bottle of beer and 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot. A 3.5-4lb corned beef will need about 90 minutes (with 15 minutes natural release).

For a two to three-pound corned beef brisket, cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. For a three to five-pound corned beef brisket, cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. STOVE: Place brisket fat-side up in a large pot and cover it with water. Bring the water to a boil; then reduce the heat and simmer, allowing about 1 hour per pound.

FAQ

How many people can a 4 lb corned beef feed?

If you prefer the rounds, you can usually get two of them to fit in a large slow cooker. Each 2-5lb. package of corned beef, when cooked and trimmed, will serve 4-6 people. But you’ll want to make extra, for hash and sandwiches.

Is it better to boil or slow cook corned beef?

Instead: Regardless of the cooking method, corned beef is best cooked over low heat. A low, gentle simmer on the stovetop or in the slow cooker are two excellent methods for cooking up soft, tender slices of corned beef every time.

When cooking corned beef do you cover it with water?

The Best Way to Cook Corned Beef Place your corned beef brisket in a large pot or Dutch oven with a lid along with some aromatics like carrot chunks, celery stalks and a quartered onion. These vegetables will infuse the cooking liquid with flavor as the corned beef simmers away. Cover the corned beef with water.

What temperature should I cook my corned beef?

We like baking corned beef in a 350° oven. You can go as low as 275° (the temperature we recommend for smoked corned beef), but it will take an extra hour or two to finish.

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