Back when I was a kid, my mom would bake a corned beef in the oven from time to time (four hours at 250F). She would make this glaze, that if memory serves me right, was ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. I had a glaze in mind, but I was looking for something a little different. So, off to the kitchen we go.
First, I removed the corned beef flat from the package, then rinsed well with cold water. Then, I placed the meat in a tub with a five pound bag of ice and some water and let it sit overnight to remove as much pickling brine as possible. In the morning, I drained the tub and soaked again in cold water for about two more hours. Then, I thoroughly rinsed the flat with one last time with cold water, then patted dry.
Next, I lit my smoker and brought it to 250 F. Once at temperature, I placed some pecan wood in the ash pan and placed the brisket on the top shelf of my smoker.
Then, I walked away until the internal temperature of the meat was 160 F, about four hours. Here it was the corned beef looked like after four hours.
While the corned beef was getting happy in the smoker, I whipped up my glaze:
1/4 cup OJ
1/4 cup Heinz Balsamic Ketchup (don't laugh, it has a nice balsamic flavor)
1/4 cup of honey
1/8 cup of plain yellow mustard
I applied the glaze to the brisket twice. Once to start, then a second time after 30 minutes. After the second application, I let the brisket cook for 30 more minutes to set the glaze.
After letting the corned beef rest for 30 minutes, I sliced across the grain.
There you have it, something a little different than your usual St. Patrick's Day corned beef. Good stuff.
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