There's no better way to celebrate St. Paddy than with a showstopping feast of beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. To create the traditional flavor profile of corned beef and cabbage without the traditionally massive sodium spike, we simmer brisket in a strong aromatic spice blend at low and slow heat rather than starting with brined beef.
1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 (2-pound) beef brisket, trimmed
1 cup unsalted beef stock (such as Swanson)
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 head Savoy cabbage, halved
2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
1 pound trimmed baby carrots
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
How to Make It
Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and next 5 ingredients (through cloves) in a small bowl. Rub mixture over all sides of brisket. Place brisket in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add stock and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaves). Arrange cabbage halves over top. Cook on LOW 8 hours or until beef is very tender. Transfer beef to a cutting board; discard bay leaves.
Place potatoes and carrots in a large saucepan; add cold water to cover potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Drain. Toss with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and butter. Cut brisket across the grain into thin slices. Cut each cabbage half into 4 wedges. Serve brisket with onions, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and jus.
I've been cooking brisket for years - this wasn't a stand-out recipe. The spice rub is great, but the cabbage didn't cook (had a feeling it wouldn't, since it is placed on top of the brisket and hence has no liquid in which to cook). I also chose to roast the carrots and potatoes separately, glad I did, I think boiled would be bland. And, I thickened the sauce (needed it) before serving.
My market didn't have brisket so I substituted boneless chuck roast. It came out so tender and delicious. The house smelled wonderful all day. The family loved it. Would make again and will search out brisket next time.