When thinking about preparing a full dinner meal, I always think about cooking my old home-cooked recipes. But, there are lots of them, and it’s hard to choose among them until I’ve asked my youngest daughter which of my recipe is her favorite. She hurriedly asked me to cook corned beef brisket. I said yes to her and immediately got the ingredients.
However, later did, I found out that our stove malfunctioned, and all I got was my best 3-quarts slow cooker which I have bought recently at the appliance store. At first, I was still uncertain whether this slow cooker could cook corned beef brisket, but I was wrong! The result was amazing! Truly, slow cookers are the newest thing today with any recipe. It surely can cook well, and my kids love it very much.
In this article, I am gonna show you how did I bring such an amazing recipe to life with my slow cooker. Step back and relax as I will show you how it is done.
Can you cook corned beef brisket in a slow cooker?
Cooking corned beef brisket the traditional way is beyond the norm because for years and counting, it has been cooked that way, and sometimes cooking it on the stove is the conventional way to do it. But, if I were you, cooking it in a slow cooker would be different, and the result will be more delicious than using the stovetop.
Having your slow cooker do the cooking is much easier because you will just gonna leave it; hence, you can do other stuff while waiting. For the basics, corned beef should be cooked low and simmered all the way for longer hours, and guess what, slow cookers are best for that since it allows slow cooking.
How long to cook corned beef brisket in a slow cooker?
Cooking corned beef brisket doesn’t take long to cook; however, it depends on what part of the beef you will cook, and the size matters. Usually, it will only 4 to 5 hours to cook corned beef brisket. But for my recipe, it will take at least 8 hours since I am following my own recipe. What I did was that I cooked the corned beef brisket for 5 hours, and I added my veggies after then continued to cook it for 2 to 3 hours more. The moment that it shows a tenderness that is the signal that the corned beef brisket has been cooked thoroughly.
What to do when the corned beef brisket is not totally browned?
If you have noticed that the corned beef brisket that you are cooking in a slow cooker remains to be not browned on top, just set it aside and put it in a broiler for about 3 to 5 minutes. Put it there until it is browned under your own preference.
How to make a corned beef brisket tenderer in a slow cooker?
Sometimes, it is hard to distinguish when will your corned beef brisket be tender. But if you want to make sure that it will be tenderized along the way, you need to slice the whole meat of beef and make it into chunks to quicken the tendering process.
Is it okay to reheat and store corned beef brisket after cooking in a slow cooker?
There are times that you are left with corned beef brisket leftovers because it will surely fill your stomach when you eat an adequate portion of it. With that, you need to store it for safekeeping, and yes, it should be alright to reheat it again if you want to eat the remaining corned beef brisket soon. The corned beef brisket is good to stay in your fridge but be sure to put it in an air-tight container. You can leave that on the fridge for about 3 to 4 days.
What type of meat should I use when cooking corned beef brisket in a slow cooker?
There are types of beef meat that you can utilize to cook corned beef brisket. But, I suggest that you get a flat cut portion or even a point-cut. Point-cut meat is way cheaper but harder to find. Also, it is best to be cooked when shredded. That is why it is delicious when cooked as corned beef brisket. The flat cut, on the other hand, is leaner, and this one is best for slicing and constitutes well to become or to be cooked as corned beef brisket.
How to check the doneness of the corned beef brisket in a slow cooker?
No matter the time that you settled to make things straight in cooking corned beef brisket, you should always check its doneness to ensure that it has been cooked properly. For starters, you need to ensure that the meat’s temperature goes up to 145˚F. Also, use a meat thermometer to make sure that the inside of the meat has been cooked already.
How to braise the corned beef properly in a slow cooker?
In braising corned beef brisket, you need to ensure that the liquid that you put inside the slow cooker is about halfway over the meat. Make sure also that you are not covering the meat all the way. This is to prevent the corned beef brisket from being overcooked.
Is it best to cook corned beef brisket in a high setting in a slow cooker?
In an ideal situation, cooking it in a low setting will surely bring the best results because it will make the corned beef brisket more tender as time goes by. Meaning to say that it will become more flavorful and delicious. However, in my case, I tend to cook corned beef brisket in a high setting in my slow cooker because it will shorten the time it needs to be cooked. Well, that’s for my case only since I have a busy schedule. Overall, you can choose both settings, whether high or low. It’s really up to you.
Do I need to grease or use a non-stick cooking spray when cooking corned beef brisket in a slow cooker?
When cooking meat products, you should always remember to use a non-stick cooking spray to prevent a messy clean-up. Furthermore, it will heat things up quickly, and the grease will prevent the meat from sticking to the inner linings of your slow cooker.
Does corned beef brisket need to be rinsed before cooking in a slow cooker?
Well, it depends on how you will cook your corned beef brisket. It is not required, but some others do. Although, if you rinse your corned beef brisket before cooking in a slow cooker, you are removing excess salt from the meat itself. Thus, it will result in milder flavors, and your seasoning will come in and help you to get your preferred flavors.
And that’s it! That’s how I managed to cook corned beef brisket on the first try. My newly bought slow cooker did not forsake me because it did its job amazingly. I’ve made my kids and my husband happy as they eat my home-cooked corned beef brisket. They did even ask how did I make this kind of delicious meal. And I just pointed out my slow cooker for the answer.
With that said, it’s time to showcase your own corned beef brisket to someone or your family. Gather up the ingredients and follow my suggestions. Get your buddy a slow cooker and enjoy cooking. Lastly, don’t forget to serve it with side dishes.