Again I need help-I have a 4# beef brisket and I would like to cook it up and have Reuben sandwiches over Thanksgiving. Please I need any help you experts can give --new to me. Thank you.
Is it a corned beef? Or just un cured? I cook them differently...but then I don't make rubens out of un-cured beef.
Yes it is corn beef
I cook corned beef by submerging it in a mixture of water and dry ginger ale, about half and half. Throw in a few peppercorns. Simmer- not a rolling boil, that will toughen it- until cooked, I'd go for about 2 hours, then let it cool in the liquid. This will keep it moist. when cool, remove from the liquid and keep covered in the refrigerator.
I usually put a corned beef in the crockpot on low. Depending on how well done you like it, anywhere from 7 to 10 hours, but if you cook it too long it'll shred and not slice nicely.
The pressure cooker works well too, and I'm going to have to try Colleen's ginger ale, that sounds good.
I do what colleen does....but I don't use ginger ale.
I remove the meat from the package, save the spice package, rinse the meat and put it into a roaster or a dutch oven large enough to cover it with water. I add the spice packet and an onion quarters a couple of whole peeled cloves of garlic.
Bring to a simmer on the stove top....turn the heat down and keep at just the barest simmer for about an hour per pound of meat....
Or in the oven at a temp between 200 and 225 ( 212!).
Cool a 20 minutes in the broth, remove....and for really easy slicing, chill, then slice.
And that broth makes a really good base for pea soup....it's very salty so you will want to add some water.....but don't toss the broth!!
Pressure cooker gets it done in 1/3 the time.