Smoked Corned Beef: Elevating Flavor with a Smoky Twist

Corned beef enthusiasts know the joy of savoring its salty and flavorful goodness. Whether on a sandwich or sliced on its own, it never disappoints. But have you ever tried smoked corned beef? The added smoky flavor takes this already delicious meat to a whole new level. And with a generous rub of spices, you’ll experience an explosion of flavors that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

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My journey to perfecting this recipe was an adventure in itself. As a lover of pastrami sandwiches, I’ve always wanted to recreate that mouthwatering experience at home. I experimented with various recipes until I decided to start from scratch and create my own masterpiece.

Smoking corned beef adds another layer of flavor that truly elevates the meat. With a simple spice rub that incorporates traditional pastrami spices like coriander, along with garlic, onion, and paprika, the results are simply irresistible. In fact, I consider this recipe one of my top 10 smoked dishes.

I even had a friend, who spent years enjoying corned beef sandwiches in NYC, try my smoked corned beef. The moment he took a bite, he couldn’t help but hum with delight. His reaction was a testament to the pure enjoyment that this recipe brings. He even asked me for the recipe!

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What Defines an Outstanding Corned Beef Recipe

Corned beef is typically made from various cuts of brisket. When you’re shopping for corned beef, you’ll come across three common cuts: the flat, the point, and the whole. The “flat” cut offers a consistent thickness and is generally leaner. The “point” cut, from the thicker end of the brisket, provides flavorful marbling. Finally, the “whole” cut encompasses both the flat and point cuts.

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Experts often recommend the “whole” cut. While it may seem like a lot of meat, keep in mind that a corned beef brisket can shrink by up to 40% during cooking. For this recipe, I used the pointed cut brisket to achieve the best results.

The term “corned” refers to the process of salting the meat with large kernels or “corns” of salt. This gives corned beef its signature salty taste. To counterbalance this, most recipes suggest soaking the meat overnight to reduce the saltiness and achieve the desired flavor.

Corned beef typically comes with a generous layer of fat, which not only adds flavor but also helps tenderize the meat. While you can trim some of the fat to reduce calories, removing it entirely will result in tougher and less flavorful meat.

Because corned beef is made from the inherently tough brisket, cooking it low and slow is the best approach. Unlike chicken or pork, corned beef’s long and strong muscle fibers make it challenging to achieve desired tenderness without extended cooking times.

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The Secret to the Best Smoked Corned Beef

As mentioned earlier, soaking the corned beef overnight is crucial to reduce its saltiness. Skipping or shortening this step may result in overly salty meat, which we want to avoid.

The smoking time required will depend on the size of the meat. Smoke the corned beef until its internal temperature reaches 160°F. At this point, wrap the meat in foil or butcher paper and continue smoking until it reaches a temperature of 195°F. The entire process typically takes around 4-5 hours.

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For this recipe, hickory wood chips were used. However, you can experiment with different woods like oak, pecan, or apple to add unique flavors to your smoked corned beef.

smoked corned beef brisket

Now armed with this knowledge, you can create your own delectable smoked corned beef. Impress your family and friends with this extraordinary dish that combines the traditional flavors of corned beef with the irresistible smokiness that takes it to new heights.

For more mouthwatering recipes and barbecue inspiration, visit the Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ website. Happy smoking!