Here at The Local Butcher Shop we make Corned Beef.  We like our Corned Beef a lot.  It is a very satisfying process to make something so luscious out of a piece of brisket.  You can do it at home!  Here’s how to it:

Adapted from Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing by Michael Ruhlman & Brian Polcyn

Step 1:

Make a brine by combining 1 gallon on water, 2 cups of kosher salt, 1/2 cup of sugar, 3 garlic cloves (minced) and 2 tablespoons of Pickling Spice in a large pot that is big enough to put a 5 pound brisket into.

Bring the brine to a simmer, stirring until the sugar and the salt have dissolved.  Allow the brine to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until it’s chilled.

Step 2:

Put a 5 pound brisket into the brine and weigh it down to keep it submerged (a plate works well).  Refrigerate for 5 days.

Step 3:

Remove the brisket from the brine and rinse it thoroughly under cold water in the sink.

Step 4:

Put the brisket in a pot and cover it with cold water.  Add 2 more tablespoons of Pickling Spice and bring the water to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 3 hours or until the brisket is fork-tender.  The meat should always be covered with water, so if it gets low, fill ‘er back up!

Step 5:

Remove the corned beef from the water.  The water (now called cooking liquid) can be used to moisten the meat or you can add vegetables and serve as a broth with the meat.  Slice the beef and serve warm, or cool, wrap and refrigerate.  It should keep for about a week.

Let us know how it goes!