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Best Way to Cook a Corned Beef Brisket?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tastybasslines, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. I have a 4 pound brisket here. The directions on the package say to put it in a big pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

    Then my wife says, "Why don't you put it in the slow cooker?" which sounded like a great idea.

    So, do I follow package directions or go for glory and put it in the slow cooker? If I do put it in the slow cooker, what do I cook it in? Anything I should add to it? Tips and tricks people!

  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Hard to beat boiling it, although I'd increase cooking time to 3 hours at a simmer.
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  4. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Four pounds? You feeding a small army of gremlins?
  5. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Throw it in the slow cooker with a head of cabbage cut into quarters, and a few quartered onions. Maybe dump in a beer, along with the spice pack and let it go all day.

    A big bag of sauerkraut instead of the cabbage rocks too.

    Oh yeah! Don't forget the potatoes!
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  7. Will it turn out where the beef will just peel off easily into a shredded form?
  8. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology: Protecting the Pocket since 2007
    Pressure cooker works well.
  9. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    It turns out great! Low and slow!
  10. Do I need some sort of broth or water?
  11. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
  12. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    I suppose you could also braise it. I've been known to do that with rump and arm roasts. (it turns out like braised short ribs without the ribs)

    That being corned beef, I'd probably go with Phalex's idea, though. It's basically a New England boiled dinner that way.
  13. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    water, maybe beef broth, maybe o'douls.
  14. We would just put the corned beef brisket in the crock pot, fill with enough water to cover the meat, add the seasoning, then let it simmer on low all day. Add water to keep the meat covered as necessary.

  15. THIS!

  16. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Good old boiled corn beef is one of my all time favorite foods.
  17. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Let it go over 3 hours if you want it to fall apart and don't let it go to a boil- that makes it rubbery.

    Shredding it for hash?
  18. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    If it's not covered too tightly, the alcohol will evaporate.
  19. Yeah, maybe. I like it shredded. Good with eggs..etc..
  20. I'm sober. I'd rather not use any alcohol.

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