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Boiled Brisket (Corned Beef) OT

bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
My much better half wanted an Octoberfest meal celebrating her German heritage. Reuben's were chosen as she associates them with her childhood Octoberfest. I picked up a prime packer,trimmed it and pickled it for 5 days using Ruhlman's recipe.  Turned out perfect!!  Used the flat for corned beef, the point became pastrami.  Made Ruebens with homemade dressing and kraut.  Traditional Octoberfest meal for us.  I'll corn beef again.  Pastrami is ready to go.
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Dinner was completed with bacon-potato salad, pickled beets, grain mustard on a brat with a pickle.  The corned beef...I can only recommend highly.
Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 18,268
    Friggin great cook as always-congrats. Testament to your skill set.  And that annual event is a beer drinker's heaven. ;) 
    Had I been offered the same challenge, I would have defaulted to German beer  but a liquid cook is quite simple.  ;)
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,846
    Nice! New egg table? 
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,216
    Brent this ALL looks spot on my friend!  
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • texaswigtexaswig Posts: 2,242
    You go man. You killed it. 
    Scott
    Greenville ,Tx

    Xl bge with woo2 and ajustable rack
  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,533
    Can you link that recipe?  Looks fantastic
  • BilZolBilZol Posts: 698
    Wife wants me to do this for St. Patty's day. I'll have to look up the recipe then. Looks perfect. 
    Bill   Denver, CO
    XL, 2L's, and MM
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 13,379
    Corned beef and Pastrami. Auch du meine guten! Ich Leiben es.
    I know I butchered that, but I tried. I have not spoken German in 40 years.
    Beautiful cook, as always, and great presentation, pics are awesome.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 4,709
    Brent awesome looking meal as always !!! Great to see that view of the lake again.. Like Michael said nice looking table.. Great post..
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    lousubcap said:
    Friggin great cook as always-congrats. Testament to your skill set.  And that annual event is a beer drinker's heaven. ;) 
    Had I been offered the same challenge, I would have defaulted to German beer  but a liquid cook is quite simple.  ;)
    Thanks Cap!  German, although not pictured was very much involved.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567

    Nice! New egg table? 
    Yep.  Walked into Fergusons looking for the prime packer and there it was.  Mahogany and oak.  Had to have it.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567

    Brent this ALL looks spot on my friend!  
    Thanks Blake, it really was great.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567

    texaswig said:
    You go man. You killed it. 
    Thank you sir!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    BYS1981 said:
    Can you link that recipe?  Looks fantastic
    http://ruhlman.com/2016/03/homemade-corned-beef/

    followed this his exactly and it was outstanding.  Have fun brother!


    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    YukonRon said:
    Corned beef and Pastrami. Auch du meine guten! Ich Leiben es.
    I know I butchered that, but I tried. I have not spoken German in 40 years.
    Beautiful cook, as always, and great presentation, pics are awesome.
    Brent awesome looking meal as always !!! Great to see that view of the lake again.. Like Michael said nice looking table.. Great post..
    Thanks brothers!  It's good to get back.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 2,777
    I used the same recipe a few weeks ago.  It was really good.   Yours looks awesome!

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  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 3,738
    Outstanding brother Brent. I really want to make pastrami and corned beef. I Googled Ruhlman but that was a little too broad. Do you have a link to a specific recipe? I bought a crock to make sauerkraut this winter; it would be cool to make the Reuben's with meat I prepared as well. Thanks for posting. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven.
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    paqman said:
    I used the same recipe a few weeks ago.  It was really good.   Yours looks awesome!

    Thank you brother Paq!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567

    SciAggie said:
    Outstanding brother Brent. I really want to make pastrami and corned beef. I Googled Ruhlman but that was a little too broad. Do you have a link to a specific recipe? I bought a crock to make sauerkraut this winter; it would be cool to make the Reuben's with meat I prepared as well. Thanks for posting. 
    Brother Sci, I will post it here later when I have more time.  It is quite simple for someone with your talent.  I'm tied up right now.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 3,738
    bgebrent said:

    SciAggie said:
    Outstanding brother Brent. I really want to make pastrami and corned beef. I Googled Ruhlman but that was a little too broad. Do you have a link to a specific recipe? I bought a crock to make sauerkraut this winter; it would be cool to make the Reuben's with meat I prepared as well. Thanks for posting. 
    Brother Sci, I will post it here later when I have more time.  It is quite simple for someone with your talent.  I'm tied up right now.
     O problem. I ggoogled a little deeper and found recipe's by Ruhlman. I'm excited to try this. When you get time, tell me if you brined in a large ziplock bag or a container of some sort. I have no idea if it matters. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven.
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    SciAggie said:
    bgebrent said:

    SciAggie said:
    Outstanding brother Brent. I really want to make pastrami and corned beef. I Googled Ruhlman but that was a little too broad. Do you have a link to a specific recipe? I bought a crock to make sauerkraut this winter; it would be cool to make the Reuben's with meat I prepared as well. Thanks for posting. 
    Brother Sci, I will post it here later when I have more time.  It is quite simple for someone with your talent.  I'm tied up right now.
     O problem. I ggoogled a little deeper and found recipe's by Ruhlman. I'm excited to try this. When you get time, tell me if you brined in a large ziplock bag or a container of some sort. I have no idea if it matters. 
    It does not matter.  I use big plastic tubs.  I pickled a whole packer that weighed in at 13# before trimming so it wouldn't fit in a 2.5 gallon bag.  The most important thing I learned is to trim it more aggressively than you would for a brisket cook.  You want the only a thin to none layer of fat on the surface.  I separated the point from the flat after pickling.  The flat was simmered 3 hours in pickling spice water along with some onion and celery.  I smoked the point on the egg for 3 hours at 300-325.  Next time I'll probably just make corned beef with a flat.  Let me know how it goes!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 3,738
    @bgebrent Thanks. I appreciate the comment about separating point from flat after pickling. I have a frozen brisket and I was wondering about that. I also appreciate the advice about trimming. Thanks again. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven.
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • blind99blind99 Posts: 4,354
    Damn, looks great! That's a killer Reuben.

    Looking forward to the pastrami - it's on the short list. Someone who makes sausage professionally gave me a pound of his pastrami spice mix so I need to do this. 

    @sciaggie if you want a shortcut, you can pick up a jar of pickling spice mix at the grocery store instead of making your own. 
    Chicago, IL - Large and Small BGE - Weber Gasser and Kettle
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    blind99 said:
    Damn, looks great! That's a killer Reuben.

    Looking forward to the pastrami - it's on the short list. Someone who makes sausage professionally gave me a pound of his pastrami spice mix so I need to do this. 

    @sciaggie if you want a shortcut, you can pick up a jar of pickling spice mix at the grocery store instead of making your own. 
    Thank you brother blind!  This home made pickling spice is very good!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,846
    bgebrent said:

    Nice! New egg table? 
    Yep.  Walked into Fergusons looking for the prime packer and there it was.  Mahogany and oak.  Had to have it.
    Can't hide money...
  • bhedges1987bhedges1987 Posts: 3,201
    Man.... just great!

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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    bgebrent said:

    Nice! New egg table? 
    Yep.  Walked into Fergusons looking for the prime packer and there it was.  Mahogany and oak.  Had to have it.
    Can't hide money...
    Says my soon to be neighbor. B)
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567

    Man.... just great!
    Thank you brother!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • blind99blind99 Posts: 4,354
    bgebrent said:
    blind99 said:
    Damn, looks great! That's a killer Reuben.

    Looking forward to the pastrami - it's on the short list. Someone who makes sausage professionally gave me a pound of his pastrami spice mix so I need to do this. 

    @sciaggie if you want a shortcut, you can pick up a jar of pickling spice mix at the grocery store instead of making your own. 
    Thank you brother blind!  This home made pickling spice is very good!
    I bet it's better than the store-bought for sure. When I saw the recipe I thought who the heck has mace and allspice berries?  Now I know!  ;)
    Chicago, IL - Large and Small BGE - Weber Gasser and Kettle
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    blind99 said:
    bgebrent said:
    blind99 said:
    Damn, looks great! That's a killer Reuben.

    Looking forward to the pastrami - it's on the short list. Someone who makes sausage professionally gave me a pound of his pastrami spice mix so I need to do this. 

    @sciaggie if you want a shortcut, you can pick up a jar of pickling spice mix at the grocery store instead of making your own. 
    Thank you brother blind!  This home made pickling spice is very good!
    I bet it's better than the store-bought for sure. When I saw the recipe I thought who the heck has mace and allspice berries?  Now I know!  ;)
    You betcha brother! =)
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    @Travisstrick, any pointers?
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
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