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Suze K's Corned Beef - Tender and Delicious


This simple corned beef recipe simmers over a warm stove or in the crock pot for several hours, resulting in a succulent roast that will fall apart nicely when shredded. Perfect with cabbage and potatoes.

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  • 2 (3-pound) corned beef briskets
  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles beer
  • 1 head garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup peppercorns
  • 3 to 4 bay leaves


Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 370mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Remove briskets from wrapping and place in large pot or crockpot. Rinse if you don't like the brine coating.

Add contents of 1 spice packet (discard 2nd spice packet or reserve for other use), the beer, peppercorns, and bay leaves.

Break garlic head apart and peel each clove. Add entire head to the pot.

Add enough water to cover the meat by 1 inch. NOTE: the briskets will float, so I put a heavy heat-resistant plate or bowl on top to keep them submerged.

STOVETOP: Turn heat to high and bring contents to a boil. Turn heat to a low simmer; cover and cook for 6 hours or more.

CROCKPOT: Set on high; cover and cook for 8 to 10 hours.

When done, using 2 large spoons or spatulas, carefully remove briskets to serving platter and let rest. The meat will be extremely tender, and will easily break apart if you use a meat fork.

If using for sandwiches, tightly wrap each brisket in plastic and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before slicing. If you want to shred the meat, there is no need to refrigerate--just cut in thick slices and shred each slice.

If serving as corned beef & cabbage, once meat is removed, transfer cooking liquid to large pot (if using crockpot), bring cooking liquid to boil and add vegetables. Cover and cook 30 minutes.

Suze K's Note:
Over the years, I developed this corned beef recipe for sandwiches. If I'm making it for a party, I make 3-4 briskets because it's always the first thing to go. Don't be afraid of the amount of garlic--no one has ever complained that it's too garlicky. It can also be used to make the traditional corned beef & cabbage meal by removing the beef once it's fully cooked and adding cabbage, carrots, potatoes, etc. to the cooking liquid--only adds about 30 more minutes to the cooking time.

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