Oven Braised Corned Beef Brisket Recipe

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  • 4 lb center-cut corned beef brisket - (about)
  • 1 x lemon ends trimmed
  • 1 x onion - (abt 1/2 lb) peeled
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp whole allspice
  • 6 whl cloves - (to 8)
  • 1/4 c. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar


  1. Trim and throw away most of the surface fat from brisket. Rinse meat well under cold running water, rubbing gently to release its corning salt.
  2. Lay meat, fattiest-side up, in a 2-inch-deep, 11- by 15- or possibly 16-inch roasting pan. Thinly slice lemon (throw away seeds) and onion and lay slices over meat. Sprinkle with peppercorns, allspice, and cloves.
  3. Set pan on middle rack in a 325 degree oven. Pour about 8 c. boiling water around brisket, seal the pan with foil, and bake till meat is very tender when pierced, about 4 hrs. Uncover and drain off all but about 1 c. of the liquid. If you like, reserve the lemon and onion slices and rearrange them on top of the meat.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the mustard and brown sugar; spread proportionately over meat, on top of the onion-lemon mix. Broil about 8 inches from heat till the mustard mix begins to brown, 3 to 5 min. Transfer the brisket to a platter. Serve warm, hot, or possibly cool; slice meat across the grain.
  5. This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.
  6. Comments: Irish immigrants plunked corned beef and cabbage into our culinary melting pot because it was good, cheap food. In my youth, it was also good for a chuckle in the Sunday funnies with Maggie and Jiggs. The couple had won a bundle in the lottery, but Jiggs hankered for the simple life. Wife Maggie, on the other hand, had social aspirations; she planted a silk top hat on her husband's head and banned his beloved corned beef in their mansion. Invariably, though, her moments of triumph in society were blown by Jiggs's secret attempts to boil a hunk of corned beef. As its unmistakable lowbrow aroma drifted among Maggie's grand guests, their noses tilted even higher, and they marched out. The last cartoon frame usually had Maggie pursuing Jiggs, flinging pans angrily and shouting something like "Where's the (corned) beef"
  7. If Jiggs had just used the oven, he could've joined Maggie and their guests and diverted their attention as his untended corned beef baked discreetly, with little bouquet but exceptionally tender results. It's a practical choice. You can bake potatoes with the beef and make a handsome red cabbage salad for a St. Patrick's Day celebration fit for the classiest guest.
  8. The weight of the meat shrinks by about half as the brisket cooks.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 37g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 51  
Calories from Fat 5 10%
Total Fat 0.56g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.07g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Potassium 62mg 2%
Total Carbs 11.73g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 3%
Sugars 9.7g 6%
Protein 0.72g 1%
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