If you are looking to change the game this St. Patrick’s Day, look no further. Cooking sous vide creates a juicy, tender corned beef like you have never had before. So go ahead and kiss goodbye to dry, chewy corned beef forever.
In this recipe we keep it simple by picking up a pre-brined corned beef with a pickling spice packet included. This is the definition of an easy cook with incredible results. Now you can celebrate St. Patty’s Day the right way with easy, delicious corned beef and a couple pints of Guinness. Enjoy.
Time and Temperature
Through loads of experimentation, we’ve found that cooking the corned beef at 180F for 10 hours is the perfect combo. Leaving the beef in for 10 hours breaks down the connective tissue (collagen), which results in an extremely tender meat. Also, cooking the corned beef at a temperature of 180F is the sweet spot for that perfect, sliceable texture.
Just make sure you have a reliable sous vide that accurately regulates the temperature of the bath or your results may vary (check out the Anova or Joule). For other time and temperature options, check out our cooking guide here.
Sous Vide Machine – This one is obvious. To cook sous vide, you’re going to need a device to precisely regulate the temperature of the bath water. The two best sous vide machines in the game right now are the Anova Precision Cooker and the Breville Joule.
12-quart Container – Although you can use a basic stockpot for your sous vide cooking needs, I highly recommend buying a large plastic container. They are inexpensive and spacious, so you won’t have to worry about cooking a big roast in a small pot. I recommend a 12 quart Rubbermaid container, as it is BPA free, sturdy, and large enough for just about anything you will be cooking.
Container Lid – If you are going to buy a plastic container, I highly suggest buying a compatible lid for it. When you sous vide for a long duration, the heat of the water causes evaporation. With a lid, it eliminates a majority of the evaporation so you can cook for 72 hours care-free.
Cast Iron Skillet – If you are looking to take your searing game to the next level, we recommend investing in a cast iron skillet. By using a cast iron in this recipe, you’ll achieve a deep sear on the protein. Cast irons are also extremely handy for searing just about any and all sous vide meat. Lodge offers the best quality and price, which is why it is our favorite cast iron brand.
Check out our full list of recommended gear here.
Sous Vide Corned Beef
- 3 lbs corned beef brisket, pre-brined, with pickling spice packet
- 1 cup beef stock
Set sous vide machine to 82C/180F.
Rub pickling spice packet on the fat side of the corned beef. Put the corned beef and beef broth in a freezer bag, and remove the air using a vacuum sealer or the displacement method. Drop bag in the bath for 10 hours.
To finish the corned beef, heat up skillet on medium high and sear all sides. Alternatively, place the corned beef under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes. Make sure to watch closely to ensure the meat does not get burned.
Serve with cabbage and potatoes, and enjoy the juiciest corned beef ever!