Idaho Corned Beef

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Adapted from homecooking.about.com

Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 15 min
Total Time 30 min

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 teaspoon saltpeter (see note 1 below)
  • 2 Idaho beef briskets, about 4 pounds each (see note 2 below)
  • 12 Idaho garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons pickling spices
  • 8 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Boil water. Add salt and saltpeter, stir to dissolve and set aside to cool. Place brisket in a large crock, zipper-style plastic bag or other non-metallic container. Pour salt water over meat and add garlic, pickling spices and bay leaves. Meat should be submerged; use a weighted jar to hold meat under pickling solution. Refrigerate or set in a cool place for 3 weeks. Drain and remove bay leaves before cooking.

Notes

  • Saltpeter is known commercially as potassium nitrate and is used to give the meat a pink color.