Corn Your Own Beef: Make Your Own Monday #10

home corned beef Have you ever wondered why store bought corned beef is so PINK?  It’s the nitrates; salt peter to the pioneers.  You do NOT want to know how they used to make it.  I still have not figured out what possessed someone to do it in the first place.  Who looks at a pile of animal waste and wonders how it might preserve their meat??
Corn your own beef
If you “corn” your own meat, you get a normal colored roast that is really tasty, without the chemicals.  My family has been making this recipe since the 1980s, when my mom found this recipe in a newspaper.  It takes a little planning, so I am giving it to you a week before St. Patrick’s Day…just in case you want to make it for the holiday.
home corned beef


Home Corned Beef
  • 4lb beef roast
  • 3 Tbs pickling spices
  • ⅓ cup salt
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  1. Combine the spices and rub all over the roast.
  2. Put in a NON metal dish, cover with water and cover.
  3. Put in fridge for at least 48 hours.
  4. Turn it periodically, say every 8 hours or so.
  5. Remove from brine and rinse.
  6. Bake 2 hours at 325 degrees.
  7. Use a meat thermometer if you have one to make sure of done-ness.
  8. It should read 160 degrees.
  9. OR: Boil in a big pan with cabbage and carrots for 4 hours on medium low.

Make Your Own Corned Beef

8 thoughts on “Corn Your Own Beef: Make Your Own Monday #10

  1. >I love corned beef but have never made it before as I thought it was too complicated-this recipe looks nutritious and easy so I will have to give it a go. Many thanks for sharing it and for all the info about corned beef.

    Thanks also for your visit the other day-great to meet you and to find another fabulous blog!
    Best wishes,

  2. >Would you believe I am Irish. I LOVE St Patrick's Day and Irish events and yet I still have never tried corned beef. I may just need to give it a try and make this for St Patrick's Day this year. 🙂

  3. >This sounds great. I like to boil mine with the cabage and the rest of the vegtables,can you do that with this?

  4. >Thanks for posting this… I've never made this before, but I love celebrating holidays with food! 🙂
    We have a friday fun find party (that's still going)- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up!

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