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An Irish BBQ – Corned beef on the grill

Corned beef and cabbage is not a traditional Irish dish, it is a traditional Irish-American dish, however on St. Patrick Day, it has become the meal of choice around the world. The secret to grilling a corned beef is to make sure you’ve soaked it well to lift out the salt before you put it on the grill.

A good way to add an extra kick to a corned beef brisket is to smoke it. After smoking, the resulting flavor is something similar to pastrami.

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 8 hours
Yield: Serves 4 to 6

1 corned brisket
2 tablespoons peppercorns
1/2 tablespoon coriander seeds
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme, dried
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder

SOAK: Soak corned brisket in water for 2 hours.

SEASON: Once the corned beef has been soaked and rinsed off you can now apply the seasonings. Grind peppercorns and coriander seeds. Add remaining seasonings. Rub this on the corned beef brisket. Wrap and let sit overnight.

GRILL: Now you are ready to grill. Slow cook brisket at 275 degrees F. (uncovered) for about 1 1/2 hour per pound. Meat temps need to be near 185 degrees F. or above. Charcoal and hardwoods will give you better flavors but you can use a gas grill. Either way, go for indirect grilling and use a drip pan under the corned beef.

BASTE: During the grilling you want to baste the corned beef every 30 minutes. Use some of the rub you prepared with equal parts of water, oil and vinegar to make something similar to a salad dressing. This will keep the meat moist and also help drain out any additional salt left behind. By basting with seasonings from the rub you continue to add that great flavor to the corned beef. If you introduce some smoke to the process you’ll add even more flavor.

Grilling the corned beef will add a lot more flavor to the meat than you would simply boiling it. It is denser and has a much better texture to it. If you want to get the cabbage to go with this use the last batch of water that you soaked the corned beef it. Bring it to a boil, throw in some potatoes and then the cabbage. You can also add some of the drippings from the drip pan in your grill. This will really flavor up the mixture.

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