Up until a few years ago, I had always just followed the cooking directions on whatever brand of corned beef happened to be on sale. But all that changed when I tried broiled corned beef at a friend's house. She added a glaze at the end that knocked my socks off! I don't know exactly what she put in it, but I came up with my own concoction that I think resembles it pretty well.
This recipe isn't meant to change the way you cook your corned beef. If you have a tried and true recipe, by all means, go for it! (Or there are some good recipes listed below) This will just take it one step further for an awesome taste experience. Adding a spicy, sort-of-sweet glaze and broiling it towards the end of its cooking time just makes it so tender and gives it a slightly crispy outer edge.
Spicy Mustard Glazed Corned Beef
- 2 Corned beef briskets -about 6 pounds total
- 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
- 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
Cook the corned beef according to the package or your favorite recipe. About 10 minutes before cooking time is up, remove the meat and set it on a broiler pan fat side up. Turn oven on 400°. Mix together mustard, horseradish, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Spread the glaze over the corned beef. Be sure to hit all exposed sides. Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Then place the meat in a broiler for another 5 minutes or until the glaze is brownish. Remove from the broiler and let the meat sit for about 10 minutes. Cut on a diagonal and serve with boiled potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.
I'm telling you, this glaze is life changing. It tastes even better the next day on a sandwich, but truth be told I think I've only experienced that phenomena once... because we almost never have any leftovers! Hope you like it.