Glazed Corned Beef

March 12, 2012 by Ali

Since I have an exciting wedding to attend on St. Patrick’s Day this year, I actually decided to throw an Irish feast a little early this year!

And of course, the centerpiece of the meal was this delicious classic corned beef and cabbage. I have to admit that this year was actually my first time making corned beef! Somehow I have always had other talented friends who have done the cooking in the past. But since I didn’t plan quite¬†far enough ahead to brine my own beef, I took a shortcut and brought home a pre-corned beef from the store. And then slow-cooked it to perfection while whipping up some yummy desserts, roasted cabbage, soda bread, and some herbed potatoes as well.

Thankfully, the meal ended up being a great success!!! The meat was wonderfully seasoned and tender. And I adored pairing its salty, savory goodness with a simple fruity mustard glaze. Definitely a great combination that made for a delightful dinner. (And a yummy leftover recipe that is yet to come!)

Wishing you all lots o’ luck and fun as you make your own Irish feasts this year! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Corned Beef with Blackberry Mustard Glaze

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings


    Corned Beef Ingredients:
  • 1 (4-5 pound) corned beef
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 3 carrots, peeled, quartered and chopped into 4-inch pieces (optional)
  • Blackberry-Dijon Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup blackberry preserves, or favorite flavor of preserves
  • 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper


To Make The Corned Beef:

Use a sharp knife to carefully trim off the excess fat on the corned beef.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven or thick-bottomed stock pot over medium-high heat. Place corned beef in the pot, and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until browned. Add the next six ingredients (onion through peppercorns), then fill pot with water until the beef is completely covered. Bring water to a boil. Then either reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3-4 hours, until meat is fork-tender. Or transfer to a 300-degree oven, and cook for 4-5 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender. If you would like to make cooked carrots as well, add them to the pot about an hour before the beef is finished cooking.

Remove the beef and carrots, and set the carrots aside. Place the beef on an aluminum-foil covered baking sheet. Brush with glaze, then place under the broiler for 5-7 minutes, until the glaze begins to caramelize.

Remove from oven, and let the corned beef sit for at least 10-15 minutes before carving. Brush with additional glaze if desired. Serve with roasted cabbage, herbed potatoes and carrots if desired. (See tip below for making herbed potatoes.)

To Make The Glaze:

In a small saucepan, whisk the glaze ingredients together until combined, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue to boil until the mixture has slightly reduced and thickened, about 7-10 minutes.

Ali’s Tip:

To make herbed potatoes, simply boil halved Yukon potatoes until they are fork-tender. Drain, then toss with melted butter and chopped fresh herbs (parsley, rosemary, thyme, and/or oregano). Season with kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper.

filed in Beef, Entrees

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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9 thoughts on “Glazed Corned Beef

  1. I made this recipe last year with black currant preserve. It was a big hit. I ended up making it twice since we ate it all on saint patricks day. Will make again this year with a larger brisket.


    - Pearl

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  3. This looks really good.

    - The Food Hunter

  4. Sorry, I meant “meal” not “mean”. I’m terrible at checking my spelling before I hit send.

    - Susan R.

  5. That is one beautiful mean right there. It’s exactly what I will be making for St. Patrick’s Day. Absolutely perfect.

    - Susan R.

  6. Are you in my head?? Because earlier I was discussing the glazed corned beef I made last year and wanting to make it again, but at the same time wanting to try a different glaze – hello!

    - Erin

  7. This looks amazing – wish I were there to sample!

    - Ali's Mom

  8. This is quite the meal. So festive…very well done!

    - Cassie