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1st cornned Beef

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by arkashby, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. arkashby

    arkashby Fire Starter

    this is my first try at CB. I used Pops brine. I found that it had a sweet taste. I think that I will use half the brown sugar next time.

    Just came out of brine

    Cooked for 4 hrs
  2. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You will find when you reduce the sugar it will become more salty so reduce the salt as well.
  3. arkashby

    arkashby Fire Starter

    Kinda wanted the salty taste
  4. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The reverse also works so if you add some salt the sweetness will diminish.
  5. arkashby

    arkashby Fire Starter

    Well, after having it for dinner I was told "this is delicious!" So I will not be changing the brine and I will never buy another store CB again!
  6. pc farmer

    pc farmer Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I am want to try corned beef also.

    Wheres the cooked pics?   [​IMG]
  7. arkashby

    arkashby Fire Starter

    the second pict is the cooked
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Maybe the math experts will weigh in?

    You need a level of salt and cure?

    Salt is needed to promote the osmosis.

    Cure is needed to make the meat safe.

    Sugar has a little curing element, but not much as compared to the salt and cure.

    If you think your meat was too sweet?  I would reduce the sugar.

    Having said that?  A balance between salt and sugar is what many folks look for.

    Good luck and good smoking.