Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 6 cups water

  2. 3/4 cup kosher salt

  3. 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

  4. 1/4 cup pickling spice

  5. 1 (5-pound) beef brisket For the corned beef, cabbage, and sauce:

  6. 1 medium yellow onion , quartered

  7. 3 large carrots , peeled and cut crosswise into thirds

  8. 6 medium garlic cloves, smashed

  9. 1 cup sour cream

  10. 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

  11. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  12. 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper

  13. 1 medium head green cabbage , cut through the core into 6 wedges

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. For the brine: Combine the water, salt, sugar, and pickling spice in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Poke several holes on all sides of the brisket with a knife or metal skewer and place in a 2-1/2-gallon resealable plastic bag. Pour the brine over the meat (making sure the meat is completely submerged), press out excess air, seal the bag, and place in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Refrigerate for 3 days or up to 1 week. For the corned beef, cabbage, and sauce: Remove the beef from brine and brush off any spices that have stuck to the meat. Place in a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, and enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce to a simmer. Skim any foam that floats to the top, cover, and simmer until meat is fork tender, about 2 to 3 hours. Meanwhile, combine the sour cream, horseradish, mustard, and lemon juice in a medium nonreactive bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Once the beef is fork tender, add the cabbage to the pot, cover, and cook until cabbage is easily pierced with a knife, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the beef to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Trim fat as desired and thinly slice against the grain. Serve with vegetables and horseradish sauce.


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