I got this recipe from Foodnetwork
- Alton Brown
- 2 quarts water
- 1 Cup kosher salt
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp saltpeter
- 1 piece cinnamon stick, broken into several
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 8 whole cloves
- 8 whole allspice berries
- 12 whole juniper berries
- 2 bay leaves, crumbled
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 lb ice
- 1 beef brisket, trimmed (4 to 5 pound)
- 1 Small onion, quartered
- 1 Large carrot, coarsely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
Place the water into a large 6 to 8 quart
stockpot along with salt, sugar, saltpeter, cinnamon stick,
mustard seeds, peppercorns, cloves, allspice, juniper berries, bay
leaves and ginger.
Cook over high heat until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
Remove from the heat and add the ice.
Stir until the ice has melted. If
necessary, place the brine into the refrigerator until it
reaches a temperature of 45 degrees F.
Once it has cooled, place the brisket in a 2 gallon zip top bag or
large plastic container, and add the brine.
Seal and lay flat (inside a container if zip top bag is used),
cover and place in the refrigerator for 10 days.
Check daily to make sure the beef is completely submerged and stir
After 10 days, remove from the brine and rinse well under cool
Place the brisket into a pot just large enough to hold the meat,
add the onion, carrot and celery and cover with water by 1 inch.
Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low,
cover and gently simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat is
Remove from the pot and thinly slice across the grain.