Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone! In honor of this day, our first Snack of the Week is a delicious corned beef!
This recipe is great to keep the festivities going, and your hand with a nice cold beer! By using a slow cooker it takes all the guess work out of your meal and let's you enjoy those around you instead.
There are are a couple different ways you can enjoy this piece of meat and I suggest playing around with it so you can get a feel for what you like best. For this time, I added carrots to the bottom of my slow cooker - I'm using the Cuisinart 6 QT - so it would cover the bottom and then placed the brisket on top, fat side up. Add your spices - if you're using a pre-mixed spices, be weary because they can be quite salty - and enough water to almost cover the brisket.
Here's where you can get creative, you can add extras at any point throughout the the cooking process, some suggestions are cabbage, potatoes, onions, leeks, parsnips, turnips, etc. It all depends on the flavor profile your going for.
Once you have everything in, set the timer for 10 hours. For the first hour, set the temperature to high, thereafter turn down to low. Once the cooking time is done, take out the brisket and place under the broiler (at a low broil, if applicable) so the fat may render out until golden brown on top.
If you don't have 10 hours to spare, the meat can be done in 5-6 hours on the high setting. Any leftovers will make a great corned beef hash too!