While corned beef is considered to be a special St. Patrick's day meal, my family likes to enjoy this dish all year long. Cooked in the crockpot, this dish is super easy. Growing up my mother made it the traditional way by boiling it on the stove top with cabbage and carrots. It's very tasty prepared that way, but I prefer to cook mine in the crockpot, separate from the vegetables. It tickles me that many people think the only option for corned beef is to select it from the deli counter at their local grocery store. While the deli corned beef is good and convenient, I promise once you buy the whole brisket and cook it yourself, you will never settle for the deli corned beef again.
What You Will Need:
Packaged Corned Beef Brisket with seasoning packet
1/2 cup water
Begin with a packaged corned beef brisket like the one above. This is the only brand that our local Walmart carries and it does come with a seasoning packet.
Remove the brisket from the packaging and place it your crockpot fat side up. Pour 1/2 cup of water over the meat and then sprinkle the seasoning packet over the top. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours depending on how much your brisket weighs. This one was around 4 pounds, so I cooked it almost 9 hours.
After allowing the corned beef to cook the allotted time, remove it and place on a cutting board to rest 15 to 20 minutes before slicing and serving. The meat is cooked when it is easily pierced with a fork.
Serve while still warm with rye bread, swiss cheese, mustard, and Bubbies sauerkraut. I have never been able to find Bubbies sauerkraut in a regular grocery store. I have to purchase it at our local Green Market. If you are a sauerkraut eater (it's super good for you) and buy the canned version, I beg of you to try Bubbies in the refrigeration section of your local health food store.
Please note that cooked corned beef is high in saturated fat and sodium. That being said, it's probably best that corned beef serve as a special treat rather than a weekly meal.
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