| Corned Beef & Cabbage

Author / John

I’m only 1/4 Irish but eating corned beef and cabbage on St Patrick’s day along with watching The Quiet Man (boy am I dating myself) is a tradition that goes back further than I can remember. Over the years I’ve tried many renditions/variations but keep coming back to the Classic version. . .

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The Meat: 2, 3-4 lb beef briskets

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I tried brining my own beef one year but that was more trouble than even I wanted to go through. To avoid the chemicals simply purchase a better brisket. Look for one that is uncured, nitrate/nitrite free and from beef raised without hormones and antibiotics. Why 2? Leftovers; it will be great the next day for breakfast, lunch or even dinner again.

LONG & SLOW is the secret here. Top of the stove or crockpot will work but my preference is in the oven. Place your brisket in a large roaster (without a rack) and just barely cover with cold water.** Put a lid on it and place in an unheated oven and set to 300 degrees. Let it do its thing for about an hour to an hour and 15 min.

**Back in the day before I knew the evil effects of gluten on my body I used 2 bottles of Guinness stout along with the water to simmer it in. It did add a special flavor to it. I go without nowadays but your choice depending on how it affects you.

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Remove from the oven and add in 1 medium head of cabbage cut into small wedges, 4-5 peeled and quartered potatoes and 3-4 carrots

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Back in the over for another 2-3 hours. Check after 2 and when your fork slides easily out of the meat it’s done.

Spoon cabbage, potatoes and carrots into a bowl with some of the juice, slice the corned beef against the grain and serve with sauces on the side

The Sauces:

Creamy Horseradish Sauce
2-3 tbs horseradish
1/3 cup creme fraiche
1 tsp lemon juice
sea salt to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl

Mustard Sauce
1/3 cup homemade mayo
2 tbs dijon mustard
1 tbs creme fraiche
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


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