Smoked Corned Beef with Irish Whiskey Sauce takes this traditional St. Patrick’s Day entree over the rainbow! Serve with sauteed cabbage & Irish Soda Bread.
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Get your Irish on this St. Patrick’s Day by working a little leprechaun magic with your smoker. Take traditional corned beef over the rainbow and strike gold by smoking this traditional dish and bringing out new and amazing flavors with an Irish whiskey sauce.
What is Corned Beef?
Corned beef is a beef brisket cured in a salt brine spiced with pickling spices. There is no corn used in the process. The word “corn” in the name refers to the large grains of rock salt used in the curing process that are called “corns”. It’s the main ingredient in the Reuben sandwich and in Corned Beef Hash served for breakfast and topped with a fried egg.
Usually, corned beef is prepared by either boiling it or roasting it in the oven. This St. Patrick’s Day, I’m serving my corned beef brisket smoked on our Big Green Egg. Smoking brings out the amazing salty, spicy flavors of corned beef while adding the richness of a smoky undertone. Irish Whiskey Sauce completes Smoked Corned Beef by balancing the smokey saltiness with spicy sweetness. This entree is perfectly accompanied by sauteed cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, and buttered boiled redskin potatoes.
Readying Your Smoker for Smoked Corned Beef with Irish Whiskey Glaze
We have an apple orchard and that means an abundance of applewood for smoking meats. I always save the small branches after pruning the trees in the very early spring for flavoring meats in our smoker.
For my smoker, I soak the branches that are about half-inch in diameter in water overnight before smoking meat. Soaking them in water makes the branches smoke slowly rather than burn quickly in our Big Green Egg. For your smoker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for preparing wood chips for smoking. Apple and cherry wood chips create a sweet smoke that nicely balances the salty spiciness of corned beef.
Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for preparing wood chips for use in your smoker.
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Serve Smoked Corned Beef with Irish Whiskey Sauce with sauteed cabbage, buttered boiled redskin potatoes, and Irish Soda Bread. The grand finale to this amazing Irish dinner is Strawberry Shortcake – a beloved dessert on the Emerald Isle.
What do you like to serve for St. Patrick’s Day? Share your favorite dish or treat in the comments below.