Savory with signature spices, this homemade corned beef is surprising easy to make!
1 gallon water
2 cups kosher salt
½ cup granulated sugar
5 teaspoons coarse pink salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons F&L pickling spice
One 5-pound well-marbled beef brisket
1. In a large pot, combine the water, salt, sugar, pink salt, garlic, and 2 tablespoons pickling spice. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the salt and sugar dissolve. Remove the pot from the heat, let the brine cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until the brine is completely chilled.
2. Place the brisket in the chilled brine and weight it with a plate to keep it submerged. Refrigerate at least overnight or up to several days, flipping the brisket once or twice.
3. Remove the brisket from the brine solution, discarding the brine. Rinse the brisket thoroughly under cool running water.
4. To make the corned beef, reach once again for a pot just large enough to hold the brisket. Place the brined brisket inside and add enough water to cover the meat. Add 2 additional tablespoons pickling spice and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and gently simmer for about 3 hours, or until the brisket is fork tender.
5. When the corned beef is done, remove it from the cooking liquid, which can be reserved, and place it on a cutting board. Slice the corned beef and serve warm.