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Baked Corned Beef

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This Baked Corned Beef is hands down the best! Slathered in mustard and braised in stout beer, you’ll never make it another way.

If you’re looking for an easy, delicious way to try corned beef, you’re going to want to try this Baked Corned Beef ASAP.

Googling “corned beef recipes” always seems to lead one to boiled corned beef or slow cooker corned beef. And while those recipes yield tender, shreddable beef, I crave that crispy outer crust. If you do too, or are simply looking for a different way to prepare corned beef, then this recipe is for you.

Close up of corned beef.

You only need a few ingredients, few hours in the oven and voilá! Some of the best corned beef you’ve ever had.

First things first, what is corned beef?

Corned beef is a beef brisket that has been cured in a salt solution. Beef brisket is naturally a tough cut of meat so it responds well to cooking techniques like braising and slow cooking. Low and slow is what is going to give you the most flavorful corned beef. If your beef isn’t tender and fall apart, chances are you haven’t cooked it long enough.

Sliced corned beef on cutting board.

What ingredients you’ll need:

CORNED BEEF BRISKET: Because we aren’t curing our own beef here, you’re going to want to buy a brisket that is already cured. It comes with a seasoning packet that you’re also going to use in this recipe.

STONE GROUND MUSTARD: Mustard pairs well with this corned beef and the mustard seeds in the stone ground mustard really take it to the next level.

GUINNESS STOUT BEER: Corned beef and Guinness are a match made in heaven so it seemed obvious to use it as the braising liquid for this recipe. You can use any stout beer that you like, though.

How do you make baked corned beef?

Some people opt for slow cooker corned beef because of the ease factor, but this baked corned beef is just as easy!

STEP #1: Pat the brisket dry with a paper towel. Rub both sides of the corned beef brisket with stone ground mustard.

STEP #2: Place the brisket fat side up in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour the beer around the corned beef. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 325 for 2 hours. Remove aluminum foil and cook f or another hour or until it reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

DES’ TIP: We are cooking the brisket fat side up so that as it cooks, it helps keep the meat tender as it cooks. It will also give you that perfectly crisp topping that we are looking for.

STEP #3: Remove the brisket from the baking dish. Allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing against the grain then serve.

To round out the whole Irish feel of the meal, I served this Baked Corned Beef with Colcannon and it was the perfect comfort food meal for my whole family!

And if there are any leftovers you’ve got to try these Ultimate Corned Beef Sandwiches.

Baked Corned Beef

This Baked Corned Beef is hands down the best! Slathered in mustard and braised in stout beer, you'll never make it another way.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Resting Time 10 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 727 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4.50 pounds corned beef
  • 1/2 cup stoneground mustard
  • 24 ounces Guinness Beer or other stout beer

Instructions
 

  • Use a paper towel to pat dry the corned beef.
  • Brush both sides of the corned beef with stoneground mustard. Place corned beef in a 9 x 13inch baking dish with the fat side up. Sprinkle with seasoning packet. Pour both Guinness beers around the corned beef.
  • Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 325 for 2 hours. Uncover and bake for an additional 45 minutes – 1 hour or until an internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice against the grain and serve.

Notes

We are cooking the brisket fat side up so that as it cooks, it helps keep the meat tender as it cooks. It will also give you that perfectly crisp topping that we are looking for.
Letting the meat rest 10 minutes before slicing is essential. It allows the juices to redistribute and ensures a more tender bite. 
Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 

Nutrition

Calories: 727kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 51gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 4376mgPotassium: 1039mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 92mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 6mg
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Keywords: beef, saint patricks day

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  • Reply
    Ron Scott
    March 14, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Thanks !

  • Reply
    Ron Scott
    March 11, 2022 at 5:43 am

    Der Des,
    the picture looks like you put this n a cooling rack in the roasting pan.
    Is this right ?

    • Reply
      Deseree
      March 11, 2022 at 11:54 am

      Hi Ron! I didn’t put it on a cooling rack. I wanted it to simmer in that Guinness. Just put it right in the baking dish! :)

    Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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