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Unread 10-25-2012, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default Easy Corned-Beef Tutorial, Part 2

Almost two weeks ago, I did Part 1 in an easy step-by-step "how to make corned beef and pastrami". That thread is here: . This is the corned beef continuation, the pastrami is now doing a soak-out for a Saturday smoke. NOTE: There are no nitrates in my corned beef (explained in the 1st thread), it will not have the "classic" pink color of corned beef, but that does not affect the taste. Anyhow, basically I just removed the corned rump roast from the bag, dropped it in water (covered over the top an inch or so), and heated to a boil, then reduced to a simmer and covered for 4 hours, or until tender. Then I removed it from the pot and foiled it to rest while I cooked the veggies.

I boiled red potatoes from the farm, baby carrots, a couple of onions, and two heads of cabbage in the beef stock until tender (about 20 minutes).

I also took a thick center slice of cabbage and went another way with it. It was browned in hot bacon grease in the CIDO, then I deglazed the iron with a ladle of the veggie/beef stock and some Guinness. Threw the lid on and steamed until tender.

All served with rye bread, dijon, and horseradish (and BEER!)

The beef was very lean as compared to brisket, but the brining did its job and made the rump roast very tender nonetheless. It had the requisite stringy/crumbly texture, and classic corned beef flavor. I was very pleased with the results, especially being such a lean and typically difficult cut of beef.

Almost forgot, my wife's apple crisp for dessert!

And the other piece doing a 24 hour soak-out for Saturday's pastrami!

Thanks for lookin' at my cookin'!!
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