In fact, brining corned beef is a way to enjoy better taste of beef. A rule of brining beef is only for 5 to 7 days brining process. After that, it is recommended to drain corned beef because the salt will make the texture change, and break the protein down too far.

There are various cooking recipes that often use the corned beef as the main ingredient, so brining corned beef is the best choice when you are the meat lover. You need to know how to brine it by following this simple corned beef recipe.


  • 4 pounds beef brisket, roasted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons pickling spices
  • 1 ½ cup of Kosher salt
  • 5 tsp of Prague powder
  • 12 cups of water

Cooking Instructions:

  1. For the first step, remove any fat from the roasted beef then set it aside.
  2. Grind 3 tsp pickling spice in a bowl. After it is grounded, add the brown sugar, kosher salt, Prague powder, and water. Whisk them together until mixed well.
  3. Put the brisket beef to the water, and pour more water when it is not full submerged. Cover and put it into the refrigerator for 5 or 7 days.
  4. After 7 days, you can remove the beef from the brine then rinse it with water. Place it in another large bowl and add remaining un-grounded pickling spice. Heat over the stockpot and put the beef on, wait for 3-4 hours until the water boils.
  5. The last is for taking the beef out, and put to the cutting board. Let it get cool in 10 minutes before you serve it. If you want to cook the corned beef in other time and with another recipe, just freeze it in the refrigerator.

For your information, brining corned beef toppings are various. You can put any ingredients you like. The cabbage is also a new trend of cooking. You can add the amount of cabbage after removing the beef, and cook it until it gets tender. As additional tips, you may add the spices before adding the cabbage because if you don’t, it will be caught up by the leaves.

In addition, the other additional ingredient you may have is carrot. You can add the carrot before cabbage because it takes longer time to get tender. Brining corned beef is completely ready to be served after all.


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