Yesterday I made corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots for dinner. I happened to be at Walmart's grocery picking up a dairy product that only they carry locally and I grabbed one of their packaged corned beef briskets. Traditionally this is a boiled dinner but I prefer my sides cooked differently.
I started the meat fairly early in the morning so it would be ready for a 6 PM meal. I first soaked it in cold water for about 30 minutes changing the water at the 15 minute mark. This gets a lot of the saltiness from the meat. I then patted it dry and vacuum sealed the brisket. I wanted to try this one with no extras added to the bag. By the way I also discarded the seasoning packet that came with it. It went into a pot of water with the Anove preheated to 180° F. I covered the pot loosely with clear plastic wrap to minimize evaporation loss. My cooking time was 10 hours.
About 3 hours before the meat was scheduled to be done I started the cabbage.
I made 3 even cuts not going all the way through turned it 90° and made 3 more giving me squares. In each cut I put a pat of butter. I then placed the head of cabbage on a large piece of heavy duty foil and pulled it up. I then poured a half bottle of beer over the cabbage. Salt, pepper and some red pepper flakes were added. Finally I added 6 strips of thick bacon 3 in each direction. I wrapped the foil around it making a nice shiny ball. Into the oven for 3 hours at 350°
With about an hour and a half to go I cut up the carrots and potatoes into equally sized pieces. I tossed in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. I put them on a sheet pan and in the oven they went with the cabbage.
When the potatoes were done I removed the bag from the hot water and placed the cooked brisket on a cutting board.. I then removed the cabbage and unwrapped it.
Using a sharp slicer I cut the meat into equally thick fairly thin slices.
I quickly plated the meal using the juice from the bag over the entire dish.
This was one of the best corned beef meals I have had. The meat was tender but still retained its texture, that is to say it was not falling apart. I think if it were cooled it would make perfect paper tin slices for a sandwich.