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01-30-2006, 05:20 PM
I have had good success in the past with recipes that brine poultry or pork. Can I do the same with beef? I have a roast thawing out and I want to give it a little more flavor. I did a search and found only one mention of brining beef and that was some cubed steak. Also, if I can brine it, what proportion of salt to water do you use? Thanks
01-30-2006, 07:06 PM
Actually, brined beef is what corned beef is. I suggest using a marinade for your roast, rather than a salt brine. There are many recipes online. Here's one.
Basic Beef Marinade
1/4 cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced
to taste - coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons (or 2 teaspoons dried) parley
2 tablespoons fresh (or 2 teaspoons dried) herbs (the combination of rosemary, thyme and tarragon work well)
Yields 2 cups
Combine the vinegar, red wine, soy sauce, worcestershire, and sugar in a nonreactive mixing bowl. Whisk in the olive oil a little at a time. Add the pepper, parsley, and herbs. Pour over beef - cover completely. Allow to sit in marinade at least 6 hours in refrigerator. Discard marinade & cook in desired method.
01-30-2006, 08:56 PM
The only three times I've brined beef was for Corned Beef and Pastrami and Beef Jerky.
The corned beef was great, the pastrami was good but the time you wait I'd rather just buy it a good deli. Jerky takes a while but you can't beat the flavor.
01-31-2006, 04:14 PM
That is what I was thinking but knew if I asked here someone would have an answer. I actually just used Paula Dean's Pot Roast recipe. It's been sitting in the crockpot all day and my house smells great. Thanks for your replies.
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